Chesterfield, Missouri

River Bend Estates

3rd Tuesday of the month
7:30 pm



February 20 – Host Nancy Keller Discussion Leader & Dessert Mary Sisk

 
The Book of Joy: lasting happiness in a changing world / His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, with Douglas Abrams

 Two leading spiritual masters share their wisdom about living with joy even in the face of adversity, sharing personal stories and teachings about the science of profound happiness and the daily practices that anchor their emotional and spiritual lives.

March 20 – Host Rosanne Pearman Discussion Leader Mary Sisk

 Prep / Curtis Sittenfeld

 In the late 1980s, for reasons even she has difficulty pinpointing, fourteen-year-old Lee Fiora leaves her middle-class, close-knit, ribald family in Indiana and enrolls at Ault, an elite co-ed boarding school in Massachusetts. Both intimidated and fascinated by her classmates, Lee becomes a shrewd observer of, and ultimately a participant in, their rituals and mores, although, as a scholarship student, she constantly feels like an outsider.

 April 17 – Host Nancy Keller

 Beartown / Fredrik Backman


 People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today.

 May 15 – Host Laura Smythe

Rules of Civility / Amor Towles

 From the New York Times -bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow , a "sharply stylish" (Boston Globe) novel of a young woman in post-Depression era New York who suddenly finds herself thrust into high society.

 June 19 – Host Linda & Jim Brattain

 Origin / Dan Brown

 Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend the unveiling of a discovery that "will change the face of science forever".

July 17 – Host Pat Gould Discussion Leader Ann Clark

 In the Country We Love: my family divided / Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford  


 "When actress Guerrero landed a role on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, it marked the first time in her life that she could breathe easy. While this memoir charts her road to success, it is, above all, an account of being born in the U.S. to undocumented immigrants, who despite their desperate attempts to gain citizenship were deported to Colombia when Guerrero was just 14."  Only 8 copies in the library but all available.

 
August 21 – Host Carroll Cranch  Discussion Leader Mary Ann


 We said 1858 a novel by a local author.  I couldn’t call it up in the library catalogue.  Our emergency back-up book is:

Enchantress of Numbers: a novel of Ada Lovelace / Jennifer Chiaverini

The only legitimate child of Lord Byron, the most brilliant, revered, and scandalous of the Romantic poets, Ada was destined for fame long before her birth. Estranged from Ada's father, who was infamously "mad, bad, and dangerous to know," Ada's mathematician mother is determined to save her only child from her perilous Byron heritage. Banishing fairy tales and make-believe from the nursery, Ada's mother provides her daughter with a rigorous education grounded in mathematics and science. 

 September 18 – Host Sandy Shedd Discussion Leader Max Okenfuss

 The Travel Diary of Peter Tolstoi - A Muscovite in Early Modern Europe

Sent by Peter the Great, Peter Tolstoi travels from Moscow to Europe in 1698.  This is his record of his journey.  This is not available from the library but Max can get us copies for $7 each. 

October 16 – Host Gina Wilmering

The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman.


Mesmerizing and illuminating, Alice Hoffman's The Museum of Extraordinary Things is the story of an electric and impassioned love between two vastly different souls in New York during the volatile first decades of the twentieth century. 

November 13 – Host Harriet Jung


The Handmaid's Tale / Margaret Atwood


A look at the near future presents the story of Offred, a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, once the United States, an oppressive world where women are no longer allowed to read and are valued only as long as they are viable for reproduction.



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