The Morton-James Public Library Book Club meets on the third Thursday of the month at 2:00 pm in the Kimmel Gallery. New members and visitors are always welcome. Some titles are available in print and CD as well as an ebook through OverDrive. If you would like to be added to the reading list contact the library at 402-873-5609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
February 18, 2020 The River Widow By Ann Howard Creel
In 1937, with flood waters approaching, Adah Branch accidentally kills her abusive husband, Lester, and surrenders his body to the raging river, only to be swept away herself. So begins her story of survival, return to civilization, defense against accusations of murder, and the fight to save herself and her stepdaughter, Daisy, from the clutches of her husband’s notoriously cruel family, who have their sights set on revenge.
Essentially trapped, Adah must plan an escape. But when she develops feelings for the one person essential to her plan’s success, she faces a painful choice: Will she choose to risk everything saving Daisy or take the new life offered by a loving man?
The One Community One Book Wishtree by Katherine Applegate will be discussed at the beginning of the February 18 Book Club meeting. Plan to join in the discussion!
March 17, 2020 Pachinko By Min Jin Lee
In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant–and that her lover is married–she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan.
Her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son’s powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations. Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. Complex and passionate characters survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.