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What better activity while staying socially distant than to read a good book! Join us for some Christmas-focused holiday readings.

"Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens

WhereTheCrawdadsSingFiction, southern gal coming of age story complete with murder mystery/who done it, a best seller for some 30+ weeks. Here’s an excerpt from GoodReads.com review:  “In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a profound coming of age story and haunting mystery. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens’s debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the child within us, while also subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps. The story asks how isolation influences the behavior of a young woman, who like all of us, has the genetic propensity to belong to a group. ...”    Sounds like we'll get some good discussion out of this :)

Book Club meeting/discussion will be Saturday, February 13, 2021, at 9:00 A.M. on Zoom*
LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36809135-where-the-crawdads-sing

The Noel Diary by Richard Paul Evans

Noel Diary book coverIn this 2017 holiday-themed novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Mistletoe Promise and The Walk, a man receives the best Christmas present he could ask for: the chance to re-write the past.

Bestselling romance author Jacob Churcher hasn't been home for almost twenty years — not since his mentally ill mother kicked him out of the house when he was just sixteen. When a lawyer calls, days before Christmas, to inform him that his estranged mother has passed away and left her house to him, Jacob returns not just to settle the estate but to try and reconcile with the past and the pain and abuse he experienced as a child. Also, maybe cleaning out her house will be slightly less depressing than spending the holidays alone, watching re-runs of Christmas classics.

But as it turns out, the house holds more than just difficult memories, Jacob’s mother had become a hoarder and he must excavate through two decades worth of clutter. As Jacob digs through the detritus, like an archaeologist, he uncovers many puzzling items including a diary left by someone named Noel, a young woman he has no recollection of, who stayed with Jacob’s family during her pregnancy. That’s not the only echo from the past. Jacob has an unexpected visitor, Rachel, a woman looking for the mother who put her up for adoption thirty years before. United by their quest to make sense of the past and rewrite their futures, Jacob and Rachel begin a search for Noel. Along the way they find more than they possibly imagined, including grace, forgiveness and a chance at love.

Book Club meeting/discussion will be Saturday, January 9, 2020, at 9:00 A.M. on Zoom*
LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35011400-the-noel-diary

* Jump in! New folks are welcome anytime to read with us and “meet.” Just order/start reading the “next” book in line and contact Val Eurman for more details and to get on our email list!