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The UD Book Club begins the 2017/2018 academic year!
July - My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
August - Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale
September - The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
October - The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Novmeber - Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
January - Any Human Heart by William Boyd
February - These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
March - Making History by Stephen Fry
April - The Boston girl by Anita Diamant
May - Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
2017/2018 Picks . . .
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhhà Lai
Call Number: CL Fic Lai0i 2011
Publication Date: 2011
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.
Our May selection.
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
Call Number: PS 3554 .I227 B68 2014
Publication Date: 2014
Addie is The Boston Girl, the spirited daughter of an immigrant Jewish family, born in 1900 to parents who were unprepared for America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End of Boston, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine—a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women.
Our April selection.
Making History by Stephen Fry
Call Number: PR6056.R88 M34 2014
Publication Date: 1998
Stephen Fry tackles alternate history asking What if Hitler had never been born Michael Young is a graduate student at Cambridge who is completing his dissertation on the early life of Adolf Hitler Leo Zuckerman is an aging German physicist and Holocaust survivor Together they idealistically embark on an experiment to change the course of history And with their success is launched a brave new world that is in some ways better than ours but in most ways even worse Fry s sci fi tinged experiment in history makes for an ambitious and deeply affecting novel.
Our March selection.
These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
Call Number: PS 3607 .U346 T47 2011
Publication Date: 2011
"When teenager Allison Glenn is sent to prison for a heinous crime, she leaves behind her reputation as Linden Falls' golden girl forever. Her sister, Brynn, faces whispered rumors every day in the hallways of their small Iowa high school. It's Brynn--shy, quiet Brynn--who carries the burden of what really happened that night.
Our February selection.
Any Human Heart by William Boyd
Call Number: PR 6052 .O91 A64 2004
Publication Date: 2004
This is the story of Logan Mountstuart, told through his intimate journals. His life spans the 20th century. We meet his three wives, and notaries from the worlds of royalty and literature.
Our January selection.
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Call Number: PS 3620 .O945 R85 2012
Publication Date: 2012
On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York society—where she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve.
Our November selection.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Call Number: PR6057 .A319 O24 2013
Publication Date: 2013
A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.
Our October selection.
The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
Call Number: PS3569.T736 B87 2014
Publication Date: 2013
Brothers Jim and Bob Burgess, and sister Susan, are mired in a childhood trauma: when he was four, Bob unwittingly released the parking brake on the family car, which ran over their father and killed him. Originally from small Shirley Falls, Maine, the Burgess brothers have long since fled to vastly disparate lives as New York City attorneys. Susan calls them home to fix a family crisis: her son stands accused of a possible hate crime against the small town’s improbable Somali population. The siblings’ varying responses to the crisis illuminate their differences as well as their shared upbringing.
Our September selection.
Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale
Publication Date: 2016
Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents’ restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea.
Our August selection.
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
Publication Date: 2015
Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.
Our July selection.