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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 (with occasional exceptions)
  • 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 winter session beginning on December 16 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. 

March 19, 2014

Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian

 

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Chris Bohjalian, bestselling author of Midwives, examines wildly divisive issues in today’s America with his trademark emotional heft and spellbinding storytelling skill.On a balmy July night in New Hampshire a shot rings out in a garden, and a man falls to the ground, terribly wounded. The wounded man is Spencer McCullough, the shot that hit him was fired–accidentally?–by his adolescent daughter Charlotte. With this shattering moment of violence, Chris Bohjalian launches the best kind of literate page-turner: suspenseful, wryly funny, and humane.  ~Vintage 

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

 

 

April 26, 2014

 A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marraconstellation

In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

For Sonja, the arrival of Akhmed and Havaa is an unwelcome surprise. Weary and overburdened, she has no desire to take on additional risk and responsibility. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja's world will shift on its axis and reveal the intricate pattern of connections that weaves together the pasts of these three unlikely companions and unexpectedly decides their fate. A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance.  ~Hogarth

Read the New York Times review.

 

 

May 21, 2014

Defending Jacob by William Landay

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Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He’s his father. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own—between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he’s tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.  ~Delacorte Press        Visit the author's website and read the New York Times review.


 

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

March 20, 2014

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

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Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart--he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone--but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.

This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them. ~Back Bay Books

Visit the author's website and read the NPR review.

 

April 17, 2014

Before You Know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian  **Everyone's Reading 2014 Selection**

 beforeyouknowkindnessChris Bohjalian, bestselling author of Midwives, examines wildly divisive issues in today’s America with his trademark emotional heft and spellbinding storytelling skill.On a balmy July night in New Hampshire a shot rings out in a garden, and a man falls to the ground, terribly wounded. The wounded man is Spencer McCullough, the shot that hit him was fired–accidentally?–by his adolescent daughter Charlotte. With this shattering moment of violence, Chris Bohjalian launches the best kind of literate page-turner: suspenseful, wryly funny, and humane.  ~Vintage 

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

 

 

May 22, 2014

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marraconstellation

In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

For Sonja, the arrival of Akhmed and Havaa is an unwelcome surprise. Weary and overburdened, she has no desire to take on additional risk and responsibility. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja's world will shift on its axis and reveal the intricate pattern of connections that weaves together the pasts of these three unlikely companions and unexpectedly decides their fate. A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance.  ~Hogarth

Read the New York Times review.

 

 

 

 

 
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