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Between the Lines - RHPL's book discussion groups

The library sponsors 2 book discussion groups that meet September through May:

  • Third Wednesday of the month, 10:00-11:30am
  • Third Thursday of the month, 7:00-8:30pm

Join our library discussion groups to discuss a variety of books.   All discussions are led by library staff and are held in the second floor conference room.  Newcomers are always welcome.  A Rochester Hills Public Library card is required to register for programs.  Non-residents are welcome if space is available at the time of the discussions.

Sign-up for the spring series is open to those who live or work in Rochester, Rochester Hills, or Oakland Township.  You may register for the spring session beginning on August 17 by going through the online Events Calendar or by calling Adult Services at 248-650-7130.  Copies of the discussion titles are available prior to the discussion.   

Wednesday mornings - 10-11:30 a.m. 

September 16, 2015

The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

51qFcYhHSML. SY344 BO1204203200 Artist Harriet Burden, who, after years of having her work ignored, ignites an explosive scandal in New York’s art world when she recruits three young men to present her creations as their own. Yet when the shows succeed and Burden steps forward for her triumphant reveal, she is betrayed by the third man, Rune. Many critics side with him, and Burden and Rune find themselves in a charged and dangerous game, one that ends in his bizarre death.

Read the New York Times book review here.

 

 

 

 

October 21, 2015

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

201411 award books fall slide6 949x1356An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all.

Visit the author's website and read the New York Times review.

 

 

 

November 18, 2015

In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides

81yXSUEs5mLIn the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans, although theories abounded. The foremost cartographer in the world, a German named August Petermann, believed that warm currents sustained a verdant island at the top of the world. National glory would fall to whoever could plant his flag upon its shores. James Gordon Bennett, the eccentric and stupendously wealthy owner of The New York Herald, had recently captured the world's attention by dispatching Stanley to Africa to find Dr. Livingstone. Now he was keen to re-create that sensation on an even more epic scale. So he funded an official U.S. naval expedition to reach the Pole, choosing as its captain a young officer named George Washington De Long, who had gained fame for a rescue operation off the coast of Greenland. De Long led a team of 32 men deep into uncharted Arctic waters, carrying the aspirations of a young country burning to become a world power. On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever."

Visit the author's website and read the New York Times review.

 

Thursday evenings - 7-8:30 p.m.

September 17, 2015 

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

Fall of MarigoldsTaryn Michaels specializes in hard-to-find patterns at an Upper West Side fabric shop. She is haunted by her failure to find a match for a scarf covered in bright marigolds, the same scarf she was holding when the Twin Towers fell in 2001, killing her husband. Unbeknownst to Taryn, the scarf began its life in New York on Ellis Island in 1911, when a very recently widowed Welshman carried it into the scarlet-fever ward of nurse Clara Wood. Clara, like Taryn, is hiding out in her work, having witnessed the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, watching the man she loved jump from an upper floor. When Clara discovers the terrible secret of the scarf’s original owner, Lily, she must decide if she can accept the help of a handsome doctor and brave the ferry to Manhattan to find answers.

Visit the author's website.

 

 

October 22, 2015

The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt

51qFcYhHSML. SY344 BO1204203200 Artist Harriet Burden, who, after years of having her work ignored, ignites an explosive scandal in New York’s art world when she recruits three young men to present her creations as their own. Yet when the shows succeed and Burden steps forward for her triumphant reveal, she is betrayed by the third man, Rune. Many critics side with him, and Burden and Rune find themselves in a charged and dangerous game, one that ends in his bizarre death.

Read the New York Times book review here.

 



 

November 19, 2015

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

201411 award books fall slide6 949x1356An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all.

Visit the author's website and read the New York Times review.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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