Laripin' Good Library Kings & Queens Book Discussion and Potluck Supper Club
(Monthly Book Discussion Group)

  • This adult's only book club meets once each month at 6:00 pm in the Library's Community Meeting Room.

  • Potluck refreshments are provided by, and served to, our book club members.

  • Sign-up at the circulation desk or come to a meeting first to see if you're interested.

    For more information please call 817-783-7323 or contact us at cowanl@cityofalvarado.org

 

Monday, January 28th - 6:00pm

Good Grief by Lolly Winston

36-year-old Sophie Stanton has just lost her husband to cancer. But instead of the five stages of grief, there are fourteen: Denial, Oreos, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Ashes, Lust, Waitressing, Mentoring, Dating, Baking, Acceptance, Goodwill, and Thanksgiving. Determined to be a good widow, Sophie nonetheless ends up scarfing cartons of ice cream for breakfast, weeping in the produce section, and showing up at work in her robe and bunny slippers. In no time, she finds she's lost not only her husband but her job and waistline as well. Hoping to reinvent her life, she moves to Ashland, Oregon. However, instead of finding a rugged Sam Shepard kind of guy, she finds herself involved in ever more hilariously confused adventures. Will she drop in a pile, or will she recover?

 

 

 

Monday, February 25th - 6pm

Half Broke Horses
by Jeanette Walls

 A true-life novel about Lily Casey Smith (the author's grandmother) who at age six helped her father break horses, at age fifteen left home to teach in a frontier town, and later as a wife and mother runs a vast ranch in Arizona where she survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy--but despite a life of hardscrabble drudgery still remains a woman of indomitable spirit.

 

Monday, March 25th - 6pm


 

 The Great Alone
by Kristin Hannah

 Lenora Allbright is 13 when her father convinces her mother, Cora, to forgo their inauspicious existence in Seattle and move to Kaneq, AK. It's 1974, and the former Vietnam POW sees a better future away from the noise and nightmares that plague him. Having been left a homestead by a buddy who died in the war, Ernt is secure in his beliefs, but never was a family less prepared for the reality of Alaska, the long, cold winters and isolation. Locals want to help out, especially classmate Matthew Walker, who likes everything about Leni. Yet the harsh conditions bring out the worst in Ernt, whose paranoia takes over their lives and exacerbates what Leni sees as the toxic relationship between her parents. The Allbrights are as green as greenhorns can be, and even first love must endure unimaginable hardship and tragedy as the wilderness tries to claim more victims.

 

Monday, April 29th - 6pm

 

 Peter and the Starcatchers
by Dave Berry & Ridley Pearson

 Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.

 

Monday, May 20th - 6pm
 

 

 Open Season by C. J. Box

There's nothing unusual about the sound of a gunshot in Twelve Sleep County. But when game warden Joe Pickett hears two sharp cracks ring out months before the hunting season opens, it's his job to investigate. Badly paid and poorly housed, Joe is also deeply unpopular. So when the poacher who fired the shots gets of scot-free, the locals are delighted. And then the poacher turns up dead in Joe's backyard. Charged with investigating the first murder he's ever encounted, Joe is soon out of his depth.

 

Monday, June 24th - 6pm

 

 

The House Girl
by Tara Conklin

A novel of love, family, and justice follows Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in a Manhattan law firm, as she searches for the "perfect plaintiff" to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for descendants of American slaves.

 

Monday, July 29th - 6pm
 

 

Shanghai Girls
By Lisa See

May and Pearl, two sisters living in Shanghai in the mid-1930s, are beautiful, sophisticated, and well-educated, but their family is on the verge of bankruptcy. Hoping to improve their social standing, May and Pearl's parents arrange for their daughters to marry Gold Mountain men who have come from Los Angeles to find brides. But when the sisters leave China and arrive at Angel's Island (the Ellis Island of the West) where they are detained, interrogated, and humiliated for months and feel the harsh reality of leaving home. And when May discovers she is pregnant the situation becomes even more desperate. The sisters make a pact that no one can ever know.

 

Monday, August  26th - 6pm

All the Missing Girls
by Megan Miranda

 


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