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The UD Book Club begins the 2014/2015 academic year!
June - Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
July - Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
August - The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
September - Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman
October - The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
November - Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
January - The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
February - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
March - Longbourn by Jo Baker
May - The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
This Year's Picks . . .
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Call Number: PS 3545.H16 H6 1905
Publication Date: 1997
A literary sensation when it was published by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1905, The House of Mirth quickly established Edith Wharton as the most important American woman of letters in the twentieth century. The first American novel to provide a devastatinaccurate portrait of New York's aristocracy, it is the story of the beautiful and beguiling Lily Bart and her ill-fated attempt to rise to the heights of a heartless society.
Our May selection.
Longbourn by Jo Baker
Call Number: PR 6102 .A57 L66 1905
Publication Date: 2013
* Pride and Prejudice was only half the story * If Elizabeth Bennet had the washing of her own petticoats, Sarah often thought, she'd most likely be a sight more careful with them. In this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice, the servants take center stage.
Our March selection.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Call Number: PS 3511 .I9 G7 1996
Publication Date: 1996
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s. The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.
Our February selection.
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Call Number: PR 9619.4 .M67 H87 2013
Publication Date: 2013
At the heart of The Husband's Secret is a letter that's not meant to be read My darling Cecilia, if you're reading this, then I've died. . . Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secretsomething with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . . Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all - an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia or each other but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband's secret.
Our January selection.
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
Call Number: PS 3563 .O884 D48 2002
Publication Date: 2002
Devil in a Blue Dress, a defining novel in Walter Mosley's bestselling Easy Rawlins mystery series, was adapted into a TriStar Pictures film starring Denzel Washington as Easy Rawlins and Don Cheadle as Mouse. Set in the late 1940s, in the African-American community of Watts, Los Angeles, Devil in a Blue Dress follows Easy Rawlins, a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Monet, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.
Our November selection.
The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
Publication Date: 2011
In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the "cat's table"--as far from the Captain's Table as can be--with a ragtag group of "insignificant" adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury.
Our October selection.
Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman
Call Number: PS 3613 .A524 L58 2012
Publication Date: 2013
Set on the Minnesota prairies in 1987, during a drought season that is not helping the demise of the family farms, the story features two intertwining narrators, a father searching for answers after his son commits a heinous murder, and a pastor's wife who has returned to the town for mysterious reasons of her own.
Our September selection.
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
Call Number: PS 3613 .O75 C47 2012
Publication Date: 2012
The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922 and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone, who is neither mother nor friend.
Our August selection.
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Call Number: D 805 .J3 Z364 2010
Publication Date: 2010
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane's bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
Our July selection.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Call Number: PS 3619 .E495 W54 2013
Publication Date: 2013
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears.
Our May selection,.