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Great Reads Book Club 2017
The Great Reads Book Club has something for everyone - from suspenseful tales to knee-slapping humor.  Plus, no tests!  The club is here to simply bring together people who have the same love of books, to have a fun discussion about various books and to simply enjoy each others company.  Even if you hate the book or couldn’t finish it, that’s okay— let’s talk about why! 

Obligations? Everyone is welcome! There are no long-term obligations—come when you can, skip when you need to. 

Don’t have the book?  No problem!  Multiple copies of the book club selections are available at the Grand Forks Public Library and may be requested online and in person. 

When do we meet?  We meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm at the Grand Forks Public Library.

 Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland  
Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland     January 17, 2017
      Told  in reverse chronological order, this is the story of a painting by the Dutch painter Vermeer, as it passes from one owner to another.  Each owner feels a connection to the painting and the act of giving it up is difficult but is done out of necessity.

 Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson  Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson     February 21, 2017
      When Alice Whitley arrives at the Banning mansion, she’s put to work right away—as a full-time companion to Frank, the writer’s eccentric nine-year-old son.  This is a captivating and heartwarming story of an unusual mother and son, and the intrepid young woman who finds herself irresistibly pulled into their unforgettable world.
 The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba  The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba     March 21, 2017
      William Kamkwamba is a Malawian teenager, who when forced to drop out of school due to poverty, used library books to teach himself about electricity and engineering and with bits and pieces retrieved from junkyards constructed a windmill and brought electricity to his family's farm.       
 Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb  Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb     April 18, 2017
      Todd Aaron, an autistic man in his fifties, has spent most of his life a resident of the Payton Living Center and is quite content.  That is until a new roommate, a menacing new staffer, and a fascinating and unusual young girl arrive.  Todd's peaceful and orderly life is threatened with new ideas and dreams to deal with.
 Carrying Albert Home by Homer Wickham  Carrying Albert Home by Homer Wickham     May 16, 2017
      Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of A Man, His Wife, and Her Alligator is the author's account of his parents, Elsie and Homer’s epic adventure with an alligator named Albert (and a rooster), in which everything is true, except the bits that are made up. 
 The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez  The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez     June 20, 2017
      Henriquez presents a series of interconnected stories about a family who came to the U.S. to get services for their injured child, a family who came because of violence in their home town, a woman who came because she loves movies and will never be able to be a star at home, a man who sends money for his sons to go to school. Some are "legal." Some are not.  These are their stories. 
 Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick  Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick     July 18, 2017
      Today is the day Leonard Peacock hides a gun in his backpack because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself.  But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him.  Speaking to each in turn, Leonard slowly reveals his secrets as the hours tick by and the moment of truth approaches.
 A Sudden Light by Garth Stein  A Sudden Light by Garth Stein     August 15, 2017
      Jones Riddell and his 14-year-old son, Trevor, move to the family estate, Riddell House, following the failure of Jones’s business and his separation from Trevor’s mother.  Jones is there to help his younger sister, Serena, persuade their ailing father to sell the family land, which is worth a fortune, to real estate developers.  Trevor, while desperately trying to get his parents to reunite, soon discovers there’s someone else living in Riddell House: a ghost with an agenda of his own.

 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes  Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes     September 19, 2017
      This is the beloved, classic story of a mentally disabled man, Charlie, whose experimental quest for intelligence mirrors that of Algernon, an extraordinary lab mouse. The experiment seems to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance--until Algernon begins his sudden, unexpected deterioration. Will the same happen to Charlie?
 The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney  The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney     October 17, 2017
      Leo, Beatrice, Jack, and Melody Plumb are four siblings whose relationships with each other are strained and complex. They've spent much of their adult lives waiting for one pivotal moment: the day the youngest, Melody, turns 40, so they can take possession of "The Nest," a joint trust fund their father set up when they were younger. 
 The Girls by Emma Cline  The Girls by Emma Cline     November 21, 2017
      It's the start of summer in northern California and Evie Boyd, an average teenager is a bit lonely and bored. Her parents are splitting up, she's fighting with one of her only friends and feels like no one understands her. However, that all changes after she meets a wild and fun group of girls in the park who seem to be all about having fun and being free. She can sense an undercurrent of danger and it only makes her want to belong to this group even more.

 Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave  Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave     December 19, 2017
    Set during World War II, Everyone Brave is Forgiven centers around the somewhat flighty socialite Mary, who decides to volunteer for the war effort just to annoy her parents, and ends up teaching a hodgepodge group of children.  Her path soon crosses that of the the local education team, in particular a young man called Tom with whom she forms a close bond. He's been left in the city by his best friend, Alistair who has enlisted and headed off to serve King and country. When Alistair returns on leave, Mary finds herself torn between the two friends.


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