The Wednesday Group by Sylvia True. Five women share never-before-uttered secrets and bond over painful truths, while coming to terms with their husbands’ addictions and developing healthy boundaries for themselves. Meanwhile, their outside lives become more and more intertwined, until finally a series of events forces each woman to face her own denial, betrayal and uncertain future head-on.
The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson. By day, Kitty Miller enjoys her carefree single life in 1962 Denver, where she runs a bookstore with a friend. But by night, she dreams it’s 1963, and she’s happily married, with a home, children, and active social life. It’s everything she really wanted, and, confusingly, the dreams are starting to seem more and more real.
Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe. Born into a posh family, ten-year old Lizzie Vogel has lived a charmed life thus far, with a big sister who knows everything, a cute baby brother, and a full-time housekeeper who bakes jam tarts. But when, in 1970, Lizzie’s father abandons her mother and packs his ex-family off to the tiny village of Flatstone, life for the Vogels veers catastrophically off-course.
Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum. An American in her late thirties, living near Zurich, Anna Benz has a picture-perfect life, with glowing children, a gorgeous house, and a Swiss banker husband. Of course, what looks so good on the outside is often rotten on the inside, and Anna soon launches a series of affairs.
Meeting the English by Kate Clanchy. In response to a job advertisement, Struan Robertson, orphan, genius, and just seventeen, leaves his dour native town in Scotland, and arrives in London in the freakishly hot summer of 1989. His job, he finds, is to care for playwright and one-time literary star Phillip Prys, paralyzed by a massive stroke whose closest and dearest—two teenage children, two wives, and a literary agent—can’t be bothered.
Where All Light Tends To Go by David Joy. The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Having dropped out of high school and cut himself off from his peers, Jacob has been working for this father for years, all on the promise that his payday will come eventually.
Small Mercies by Eddie Joyce. Ten years after firefighter Bobby Amendola lost his life, members of his Italian-Irish American family on Staten Island continue to struggle with their grief. Now, as they gather for Bobby Jr.’s birthday party, the immediate family must struggle to accept that Bobby’s widow, Tina, has a new man in her life. Will the others accept him?
Soil by Jamie Kornegay. An ambitious young environmental scientist hopes to establish a sustainable farm on a small patch of river-bottom land nestled among the Mississippi hills. Jay Mize convinced his wife Sandy to move their six-year-old son away from town and to a rich and lush parcel where Jacob could run free and Jay could pursue the dream of a new and progressive agriculture for the twenty-first century. He did not know that within a year he’d be ruined.
Akron Crossword Puzzle Tournament 2015
March 28, 2015
Meeting Room 2AB, 1-4pm
Compete to Complete Will Shortz’s crossword puzzles!
Here’s how it works:
All levels of crossword enthusiasts compete at unpublished crosswords provided by New York Times editor Will Shortz, the “puzzlemaster” himself. The puzzles begin easy and get progressively harder. Prizes are awarded to the top three finalists.
There are three stages, plus a final round. During each stage, contestants have twenty minutes to solve the puzzle. When finished (or when the time is up), the puzzles are collected and our judges score them. The top three finalists (top three cumulative scores) are announced after the third round. They then compete against each other with the fourth, and most difficult, puzzle on the auditorium stage.
Adults ages 18 and over. Meeting Room door opens at Noon. Parking in the High/Market deck is free on Saturday.
Registration is requested: email email@example.com or call 330-643-9015.
If you are striving to live a life with balance, fulfillment and
self-acceptance you may find these titles interesting.
A Man of Good Hope by Jonny Steinberg. In January 1991, when civil war came to Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, two-thirds of the city’s population fled. Among them was eight-year-old Asad Abdullahi. His mother murdered by a militia, his father somewhere in hiding, he was swept alone into the great wartime migration that scattered the Somali people throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the world.
This extraordinary book tells Asad’s story.
A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France by Miranda Richmond Mouillot. A memoir by a young woman who travels to France to uncover the truth about her grandparents’ mysterious and irrevocable estrangement and pieces together the story of their wartime experiences.
A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz by Goran Rosenberg imagines his way into the dark miracle of his own father’s experiences during and after the Holocaust.
I Left It on the Mountain by Kevin Sessums, author of Mississippi Sissy. On his 53rd birthday, Kevin woke up in his L.A. hotel room wondering how he would get through his scheduled interview with Hugh Jackman. For years he had interviewed the bright lights: Madonna, Courtney Love, Jessica Lange, and all the other usual suspects; but, Kevin knew that his rapidly unraveling life was as shallow as the hotel’s hip furniture and he was hanging on by his fingertips.
Life Is Not an Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention by Jay Williams. This big-hearted memoir by one of the most promising professional basketball player of his generation details his rise to NBA stardom, the terrible accident that ended his career and plunged him into a life-altering depression, and how he ultimately found his way out of the darkness.
Canceled due to schedule conflict. Please join us April 1.
Our selection is We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler.
For more information on our lively group call 330-643-9015. We meet the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm.
Copies of the discussion books are available at the Culture & AV desk.
Ages 18 and over. Meeting Room 1. Door opens at 6pm.
Generosity is the giving of your time, talents or treasure
without expecting anything in return.
Back in the Game: A Stardust, Texas Novel by Lori Wilde. Wanted: ghostwriter. Must be female, a baseball fan, and have a great pair of legs. Ex-pitcher Rowdy Blanton never saw a woman he couldn’t conquer or a team he couldn’t beat. And now that he’s off the field he’s ready to tell all about when he played the field. So he chooses Breeanne Carlyle to do the job–she’s got the requirements, but more important, there’s something about her that makes him want to be a better man.
The Black Widow by Wendy Corsi Staub. Newly divorced Gaby Duran isn’t really expecting to find her soul mate on a dating site like InTune. She just needs a distraction from pining over her ex-husband, Ben, and the happy marriage they once had. And she’s wise enough to know that online, the truth doesn’t always match the profile. Almost everyone lies a little–or a lot. But Gaby quickly discovers there is much more at stake than her lonely heart.
Where Secrets Sleep by Marta Perry. After a terrible betrayal, Allison Standish flees Philadelphia for the small Amish village of Laurel Ridge to claim an unexpected inheritance. Allison intends to sell the mansion housing various shops on Main Street–until she meets Nick Whiting, a single father and tenant of Blackburn House.
His Wicked Reputation by Madeline Hunter. Gareth Fitzallen is celebrated for four things: his handsome face, his notable charm, his aristocratic connections, and an ability to give the kind of pleasure that has women begging for more. Normally he bestows his talents on experienced, worldly women. But when he heads to Langdon’s End to restore a property he inherited–and to investigate a massive art theft–he lays plans to seduce a most unlikely lady.
The Bedding Proposal: The Rakes of Cavendish Square by Tracy Anne Warren. Lord Leo Byron is bored with the aristocratic company he keeps; he needs a distraction, preferably in the form of a beautiful new female companion. So when he sets eyes on fascinating and scandalous divorcee Lady Thalia Lennox, he’s determined to make her intimate acquaintance.