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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 fall session beginning on August 18 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 17, 2014

Mary Coin by Marisa Silver

 marycoin

 In 1936, a young mother resting by the side of the road in central California is spontaneously photographed by a woman documenting migrant laborers in search of work. Few personal details are exchanged and neither woman has any way of knowing that they have produced one of the most iconic images of the Great Depression. In present day, Walker Dodge, a professor of cultural history, stumbles upon a family secret embedded in the now-famous picture. In luminous prose, Silver creates an extraordinary tale from a brief event in history and its repercussions throughout the decades that follow—a reminder that a great photograph captures the essence of a moment yet only scratches the surface of a life.

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

 

 

October 15, 2014

Burial Rites by Hannah KentBurial-Rites

Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.

Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

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

 

 

November 19, 2014

Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz

dearie

The stunning story of how Julia Child transformed herself into the cult figure who touched off a food revolution that has gripped the country for more than fifty years. Spanning Pasadena to Paris, acclaimed author Bob Spitz reveals the history behind the woman who taught America how to cook.

A genuine rebel who took the pretensions that embellished French cuisine and fricasseed them to a fare-thee-well, paving the way for a new era of American food—not to mention blazing a new trail in television—Child redefined herself in middle age, fought for women's rights, and forever altered how we think about what we eat.

Chronicling Julia's struggles, her heartwarming romance with Paul, and, of course, the publication of Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her triumphant TV career, Dearie is an extraordinarily entertaining account of a truly remarkable life.

        Visit the author's website and read the Washington Post review.

 

 

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

September 18, 2014

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

americanah

As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are leaving the country if they can. Ifemelu—beautiful, self-assured—departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze—the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor—had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion—for their homeland and for each other—they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.

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

 

October 16, 2014

Mary Coin by Marisa Silver

 marycoinIn 1936, a young mother resting by the side of the road in central California is spontaneously photographed by a woman documenting migrant laborers in search of work. Few personal details are exchanged and neither woman has any way of knowing that they have produced one of the most iconic images of the Great Depression. In present day, Walker Dodge, a professor of cultural history, stumbles upon a family secret embedded in the now-famous picture. In luminous prose, Silver creates an extraordinary tale from a brief event in history and its repercussions throughout the decades that follow—a reminder that a great photograph captures the essence of a moment yet only scratches the surface of a life.

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

 

 

November 20, 2014

Burial Rites by Hannah KentBurial-Rites

Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes's death looms, the farmer's wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they've heard.

Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

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

 

 

 

 

 

 
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