Chesterfield, Missouri

River Bend Estates

3rd Tuesday of the month
7:30 pm

July 17 – Host Pat Gould Discussion Leader Ann Clark

This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel
"When Rosie and Penn and their four boys welcome the newest member of their family, no one is surprised it's another baby boy. At least their large, loving, chaotic family knows what to expect. But Claude is not like his brothers. One day he puts on a dress and refuses to take it off. He wants to bring a purse to kindergarten. He wants hair long enough to sit on. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl. Rosie and Penn aren't panicked at first. Kids go through phases, after all, and make-believe is fun. But soon the entire family is keeping Claude's secret. Until one day it explodes"

August 21 – Host Carroll Cranch  Discussion Leader Mary Ann

Enchantress of Numbers: a novel of Ada Lovelace by 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 Linda & Jim Brattain

Origin by 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".

Recommended reading:
The Heart
And the Mountains Echoed
When Character was King – Peggy Nonaan
The Things They Carried
Catherine the Great
Little Fires Everywhere
The Sound of Gravel
In the Country We Love: my family divided / Diane Guerrero



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