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Vote for our February and March Books

  • Jan 19, 2014 · 7:00 PM

Vote for the next 2 books that you would like to read. The book that receives the most votes will be our February book and the runner up will be our March book. Our choices are:

- The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman

- The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

- The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

- The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch

- Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

A summary of each book can be found below. After you've read the summary and decided what you want to read then vote using the poll here:

Also for your reference, I've included a list of the books which we have read over the past 2 years. That list can be found here:

The Probable Future by Alice Hoffman

Women of the Sparrow family have unusual gifts. Elinor can detect falsehood. Her daughter, Jenny, can see people’s dreams when they sleep. Granddaughter Stella has a mental window on the future—a future that she might not want to see. In The Probable Future this vivid and intriguing cast of characters confronts a haunting past—and a very current murder—against the evocative backdrop of small-town New England. By turns chilling and enchanting, The Probable Future chronicles the Sparrows’s legacy as young Stella struggles to cope with her disturbing clairvoyance. Her potential to ruin or redeem becomes unbearable when one of her premonitions puts her father in jail, wrongly accused of homicide. Yet this ordeal also leads Stella to the grandmother she was forbidden to meet and to a historic family home full of talismans from her ancestors.

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

The River of Doubt—it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron. After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil’s most famous explorer, Cândido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever. Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. The River of Doubt brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Americans who ever lived.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty

"My darling Cecilia, if you're reading this, then I've died...." Her husband had not intended that she read the letter until after his demise, but Cecilia's curiosity betrayed him. The unsettling words that she read forever changed the life of this once contented wife and mother; yet this well-intended posthumous missive also becomes the spur that enables Cecilia to connect with two other women recently pushed towards crossroads.

The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch

Germany, 1659: When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. Whispers and dark memories of witch trials and the women burned at stake just seventy years earlier still haunt the streets of Schongau. When more children disappear and an orphan boy is found dead, marked by the same tattoo, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt into chaos. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the very woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth. With the help of his clever daughter, Magdelena, and Simon, the university-educated son of the town's physician, Jakob discovers that a devil is indeed loose in Schongau. But it may be too late to prevent bloodshed. A brilliantly detailed, fast-paced historical thriller, The Hangman's Daughter is the first novel from German television screenwriter Oliver Pötzsch, a descendent of the Kuisls, a famous Bavarian executioner clan.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks on over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot-searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier. What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion-along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow. Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.

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  • Wayne M.

    The votes are in. The book with the most votes and our February book is "The Probable Future" by Alice Hoffman. This is awesome because Alice Hoffman will be talking about her new book on March 2 at the Howard County Public Library. I'll get our February meeting posted tomorrow.

    The book with the second most votes and our March book is "The Hangman's Daughter" by Oliver Pötzsch.

    In a very, very close third place and perhaps our April book is "The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty.

    January 19, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I read The Husband's Secret. Great book! I wanted to get to the February meeting, but couldn't so I will really try to make the March one and get into this group. I need a book club! :-)

      February 21, 2014

  • Belynda S.

    1)Hoffman & 2) Millard

    January 19, 2014

  • Vivian

    The Probable Future, Alice Hoffman gets my vote

    January 18, 2014

  • Wayne M.

    I just wanted to ensure that both Marilyn and Jennifer used the poll to cast your vote. I'll be using the poll to count the votes.

    January 18, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yep, I also voted on the poll.

      January 18, 2014

  • marilyn s.

    I agree with Jennifer. Probable future (February) and River of Doubt ( March).

    January 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My vote: 1 Probable Future; 2 River of Doubt

    January 10, 2014

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