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Aug 252020
 

MC-NPL offers two book clubs via Zoom: Mystery Tuesday Book Club and Saturday Book Club.

Email Asha Verma, Head of Readers’ Services at Averma@mclinc.org for a Zoom link. Log in with a computer or cellphone and join the discussion! A Zoom account is not required to participate.


Mystery Tuesday Book Club

Led by Dr Monica D’Antonio, Associate Professor at Montgomery County Community College. The club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 2 pm to discuss thriller, suspense, true crimes, noir and detective fiction.

Next meeting is December 1st, 2020 at 2pm.

“When young, pretty Catherine Bailey meets Lee Brightman, she can’t believe her luck. Gorgeous, charismatic, and a bit mysterious, Lee seems almost too perfect to be true.

But what begins as flattering attention and spontaneous, passionate sex transforms into raging jealousy, and Catherine soon discovers that Lee’s dazzling blue eyes and blond good looks hide a dark, violent nature. Disturbed by his increasingly erratic, controlling behavior, she tries to break it off; turning to her friends for support, she’s stunned to find they don’t believe her. Increasingly isolated and driven into the darkest corner of her world, a desperate Catherine plans a meticulous escape.

Four years later, Lee is behind bars and Catherine—now Cathy—is trying to build a new life in a new city. Though her body has healed, the trauma of the past still haunts her. Then Stuart Richardson, her attractive new neighbor, moves in. Encouraging her to confront her fears, he sparks unexpected hope and the possibility of love and a normal life.

Until the day the phone rings . . .” — Goodreads

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Saturday Book Club

Meets on the third Saturday of each month at 2 pm. Dr Hal Halbert, Professor at Montgomery County Community College facilitates the discussion. The club engages in all kinds of genre.

Next meeting is on December 19, 2020 at 2PM.

It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety.

As one sibling is forced into exile, another attempts to flee the continent, while others struggle to escape certain death, either by working grueling hours on empty stomachs in the factories of the ghetto or by hiding as gentiles in plain sight. Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere.

An extraordinary, propulsive novel, We Were the Lucky Ones demonstrates how in the face of the twentieth century’s darkest moment, the human spirit can endure and even thrive.” — Goodreads