Book discussions - Fall 2013   

Registration begins Monday, August 26. All programs are free but require registration.
To register online, visit the Online Registration page.

Reserved seats are released 5 minutes prior to the start of the program.Doors open 15-30 minutes prior to the start of the program. Seats are not assigned.

Thursday, September 12, 2 p.m. Headquarters Regional Library
Moderator: Chris Serio
Published in 1937 and written over a time span of only seven weeks, Their Eyes Were Watching God follows Janie Mae Crawford over the course of three marriages in Florida as she searches for true love. Hurston’s novel investigates black culture and celebrates Janie Mae’s ability to find her own voice as a black woman.

1916: A NOVEL OF THE IRISH REBELLION by Morgan Llywelyn
Tuesday, September 17, 2 p.m. Naples Regional Library
Moderator: Seamus Volz
Ned Halloran has lost both his parents--and almost his own life--to the sinking of the Titanic. Through Ned’s eyes, 1916 examines the Irish fight for freedom--inspired by poets and schoolteachers, fueled by a desperate desire for independence, and played out in the historic streets of Dublin against the backdrop of World War I.

THE BURGESS BOYS by Elizabeth Strout
Wednesday, September 18, 2 p.m. South Regional Library
Moderator: Kathleen Dolan
Catalyzed by a nephew’s thoughtless prank, a pair of brothers confronts painful psychological issues surrounding the freak accident that killed their father when they were boys, a loss linked to a heartbreaking deception that shaped their personal and professional lives.

Thursday, October 10, 2 p.m. Golden Gate Library
Moderator: David Chalick
Meet Pat Peoples. Pat was just released from a mental rehabilitation facility and he is convinced that it is his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate so that his estranged wife, Nikki, will return to him. Matthew Quick’s debut novel illuminates mental illness in a humorous, heart-warming light.


1921, THE WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE by Morgan Llywelyn
Thursday, October 10, 2 p.m. Headquarters Regional Library
Moderator: Seamus Volz
1921 is the year of the Irish Civil War and the year of the separation of Ireland into two nations. Meet Henry Mooney, a journalist who struggles for truth in his reporting during the terrible conflict and falls in love with an Englishwoman in Ireland in the midst of political and military horrors.

Tuesday, October 15, 2 p.m. Naples Regional Library
Moderator: Anna Karras
Relegated to the status of schoolteacher and friendly neighbor after abandoning her dreams of becoming an artist, Nora advocates on behalf of a charismatic Lebanese student and is drawn into the child’s family until his artist mother’s careless ambition leads to a shattering betrayal.


THE AVIATOR'S WIFE by Melanie Benjamin
Wednesday, October 16, 2 p.m. South Regional Library
Moderator: Patricia DeGroot
This is a fascinating story for history buffs and a surprise to those who know of her only as ‘the aviator’s wife’. It is an intimate examination of the life and emotional mettle of Anne Morrow and her troubled marriage to Charles Lindbergh.

THE CHAPERONE by Laura Moriarty
Thursday, November 14, 2 p.m. Golden Gate Library
Moderator: Anna Karras
A novel about the friendship between an adolescent, pre-movie-star Louise Brooks and the 36-year-old woman who chaperones her to New York City for a summer, in 1922, and how it changes both their lives.

THE LOCK ARTIST by Steve Hamilton
Thursday, November 14, 2 p.m. Headquarters Regional Library
Moderator: Chris Serio
Eighteen-year-old Michael, traumatized at the age of eight, has not spoken a single word in ten years. However, he has an unusual talent--he can unlock a door without a key, a padlock without a combination or an 800 pound safe. This makes him a hot commodity with all the wrong people, who push him ever closer to a life of crime. He finally sees his chance to escape, but must take the risk of a lifetime to come back home to the only person he has ever loved.

INFERNO by Dan Brown
Wednesday, November 20, 2 p.m. South Regional Library
Moderator: Denise McMahon
Deep in the heart of an ancient city, buried between the lines of an epic poem and hidden within magnificent works of art, puzzling clues lead Robert Langdon to discover 9 circles, 7 sins and 1 terrifying secret.

Friday, November 22, 2 p.m. Naples Regional Library
Moderator: Claudia Schmitt
A tale spanning 150 years and two continents reimagines the peace efforts of democracy champion Frederick Douglass, Senator George Mitchell and World War I airmen John Alcock and Teddy Brown through the experiences of four generations of women from a matriarchal clan.

MAYA'S NOTEBOOK by Isabel Allende
Thursday, December 12, 2 p.m. Golden Gate Branch Library
Moderator: Claudia Schmitt
Maya is a young American who is sent to a remote part of Chile, her grandmother’s homeland, where she records in her diary her adjustment to a new country, her drug problems, and her romantic life.

ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card
Thursday, December 12, 2 p.m. Headquarters Regional Library
Moderator: April Ristau
In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers.

Thursday, December 12, 2 p.m. Marco Island Branch Library
Moderator: Catherine Cowser
Winter of the World picks up right where the first book Fall of Giants left off, as its five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, Welsh—enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II and up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.

1949: A NOVEL OF THE IRISH FREE STATE by Morgan Llywelyn
Tuesday, December 17, 2 p.m. Naples Regional Library
Moderator: Seamus Volz
The third work in her Twentieth Century Irish State trilogy, 1949, is a fiction-based glimpse into the evolution of the Irish Republic as seen through the eyes of Ursula Halloran.

THE ART FORGER by B. A. Shapiro
Wednesday, December 18, 2 p.m. South Regional Library
Moderator: Kathleen Dolan
Claire Roth agrees to forge a Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in a renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece—the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner Museum for one hundred years—may itself be a forgery. The Art Forger is a thrilling novel about seeing—and not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.

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