Plattekill Library Readers' Book Club

Readers' Book Club History

 

On February 4, 1999, five readers got together to discuss the book "Where the Heart Is" by Billie Letts. The small group has grown to thirty-four readers who meet monthly to discuss what they have read. The three groups, The First Editions, The Second Printings, and The Classic Versions, are committed to supporting the library, lifetime learning, and building friendships.

With the support of the library, we celebrate special occasions and we have been privileged to meet authors such as Anita Shreve, Da Chen, Laura Marie Henion, Bryan Golden and others.

We are open-minded readers who learn from each other and are always looking for new members. To join, call the library at 883-7286 for information.

 

CLASSIC VERSIONS
MEETINGS-1st Wednesday of each month
 10 AM to 11AM

 

BOOK REVIEW
The Air We Breathe
Andrea Barrett
January Attendance-6
 

Set in the Adirondacks in the early 1900s, the book tells us about a tuberculosis sanatorium and what professionals thought at the time was the cure.  It was a look at the patients and their lives and the doctors who tended them.  Andrea Barrett is a science writer and within the book we learn some facts about early X-ray machines and radiation.  With the world on the verge of war, time is slow in passing for these bound men and women.  This particular era was a terrible time with tuberculosis and polio all around.  (Rating 3-1/2*)

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BOOK REVIEW
The Dry Grass Of August

Anna Jean Mayhew
December Attendance-6  

Set in the South in the 1950s, this book is a look at the prejudices and the segregation that separated our people. One daughter in the family appeared way ahead of her time. Her thinking and her compassion showed that she knew when situations were wrong. Some of our readers thought the writing was more on a high school level. The novel was a first for this seventy-one year old author.  (Rating  3*)

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BOOK REVIEW
The Good, Good Pig
Sy Montgomery
November Attendance - 8

An animal-loving author writes this wonderful, heart-warming story about her runt-of-the-litter pig.  Raised to adulthood, this smart, smart pig teaches others what it is to grow up a very pampered and loved pig.  Set in New Hampshire, your presumptive feelings about a pig will be forever changed.  A fun read.  (Rating 4-1/2*)

UPCOMING BOOK LIST

1.  During February, we will read THE KING OF LIES by John Hart (432 p.) and discuss the book March 6.

2.  During March, we will read THE KITCHEN HOUSE by Kathleen Grissom (384p.) and discuss the book on April 3.

3.  During April, we will read THE GIRLS by Lori Lansens (368 p.) and discuss the book on May 1.

4.  During May, we will read HOME by Toni Morrison (145 p.) and discuss the book on June 5.

5.  During June, we will discuss THE VIOLET SEASON by Kathy Leonard Czepiel (272p.) and discuss the book on July 3.

6.  During July, we will discuss THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN by Garth Stein (336p.) and discuss the book on August 7.

7.  During August, we will read NEVER CHANGE by Elizabeth Berg (240p.) and discuss the book on September 4.

 

 

 

 

 

FIRST EDITIONS
MEETINGS-1st Thursday of each month 7:00 to 8:00 PM

 

BOOK REVIEW
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein
February Attendance -7

The book was not just about a dog or car racing. It was a heart-felt story of a race car driver that is narrated by his faithful dog.  There is happiness, sadness, and life as it happens.  The loving dog is the third party speaking as he sees all, feels all, and remains a comfort to everyone during sickness and separation.  Our discussion included the question of how much do our pets know. We recommend this book! (Rating 4-1/2*)

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BOOK REVIEW
Never Change
Elizabeth Berg
December Attendance-10  

The book was typical Elizabeth Berg, an easy read, well-developed characters, and a different, interesting plot. The main character, Myra, is a very accepting person. She accepts things that a more confident person would not. The events concerning a former high school classmate as a patient, the popular guy, coming home to die of cancer, is the plot of the book. Myra is truly compassionate with all of her patients, but is she too giving to her old classmate? That question led to a good discussion.  (Rating 4*)

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BOOK REVIEW
Clara and Mr. Tiffany
Susan Vreeland
November Attendance - 10

The book was historical fiction at its best.  Mr. Tiffany had such a passion for seeing beauty and Clara equaled him in that gift.  It is set in New York City in the late 1880s.  Based on Clara’s letters, drawings, and writings, the book details the very interesting process of making stained glass.  Working for Mr. Tiffany, Clara helps other women to overcome the working conditions for women in that time period.  Unforgettable characters giving us a wonderful read that sparked wonderful conversation. (Rating 5*)

 

UPCOMING BOOK LIST

1.  During February, we will read THE AIR WE BREATHE by Andrea Barrett (320 p.) and discuss the book on March 7.

2.  During March, we will read THE GIRLS by Lori Lansens (368 p.) and discuss the book on April 4.

3.  During April, we will read HOME by Toni Morrison (145 p.) and discuss the book on May 2.

4.  During May, we will read THE UNINVITED GUESTS by Sadie Jones (272 p.) and discuss the book on June 6.  

5.  During June, we will read KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O'Reilly (336p.) and discuss the book on July 11.

6.  During July, we will read THE COLOR OF WATER:A BLACK MAN'S TRIBUTE TO HIS WHITE MOTHER by James Mc Bride (336p.) and discuss the book on August 1.  

7.  During August, we will read CLOSE TO SHORE by Michael Capuuzzo (336p.) and discuss the book on September 5.

 

SECOND PRINTINGS
MEETINGS-1st Wednesday of each month
7:00 to 8:00 PM

 

BOOK REVIEW
The Wife's Tale
Lori Lansens
March Attendance-8

Mary covers her feelings with food.  Instead of celebrating her twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, she sits and eats and wonders where her husband went.  When he does not turn up, she goes to look for him.  On a plane, dressed in clothes that kind of fit her heavy body, Mary sets out.  Her travels turn into an adventure.  Her learning experiences, from boarding an airplane to managing her money, seem common to us.  The book is a learning example for those of us who are different and the prejudices and stereotypes that are present in the world.  We recommend it!  (Rating 4*)

BOOK REVIEW
My Last Empress
Da Chen
February Attendance-6  

The book was a much different read for those of us familiar with Da Chen's work.  We found that My Last Empress more difficult to follow. Mr. Chen's language is beautiful and since our library has hosted the author twice, we feel so personally connected.

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BOOK REVIEW
The King Of Lies

John Hart
December Attendance-5  

The book was a quick read and kept you guessing throughout the reading. Our readers enjoy John Hart's suspenseful writing. Following a rough past, the main character, nick-named Work, starts investigating his father's death while trying to hold together his marriage and the law practice left to him by his father. Suspects come and go.  (Rating 3*)

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UPCOMING BOOK LIST

      1.   During March, we will read THE AIR WE BREATHE by Andrea Barrett (320 p.) and discuss the book on April 3.

      2.  During April, we will read THE KITCHEN HOUSE by Kathleen Grissom (384 p.) and discuss the book on May 1.

      3.  During May, we will read AFTERWORDS by Rosamund Lupton (400 p.) and discuss the book on June 5.

4.  During June, we will read STATE OF WONDER by Ann Patchett (365p.) and discuss the book on July 3.

5.  During July, we will read THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB by Will Schwalbe (352p.) and discuss the book on August 7.

6.  During August, we will read THE UNINVITED GUESTS by Sadie Jones (272p.) and discuss the book on September 4.