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A good book group provides some essential ingredients for good living. Please join us if you are interested in enjoying good people, good books and having a good time.

What we will all enjoy when we come together over a good book.......

1. Intellectual stimulation
It's easy to get so busy in our lives that personal learning stagnates.
2. Community of friends.
An opportunity to be alternately silly and serious and make great friends.
3. New books and new people
Exposure to new types of literature and new life viewpoints.
4. A break from everyday life.
Book clubs can pull you up and out of your everyday world.
5. A place to be open with ideas.
Freedom to like or not like a book and then talk about why.

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PIECES OF HER, by Karin Slaughter

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Mother. Hero. Liar. Killer. How can you tell when all you have is... Pieces of Her?

Join us for an in-person conversation about Karin Slaughter's spine-tingling thriller, Pieces of Her.

Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She’s knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?

But all that changes when a Saturday afternoon trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one will ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.

Twenty-four hours later, Laura is in the hospital, shot by an intruder who’s spent thirty years trying to track her down and discover what she knows. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumbs of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them...

"Reading anything by Slaughter is like riding a particularly scary amusement park ride. Reading this one is like booking a season ticket on a ride that never lets you off." —Kirkus Reviews

Book length: 476 pages

Discussion questions:
https://arlenesbookclub.com/pieces-of-her-book-club-discussion-questions/

UNCOMMON CARRIERS, by John McPhee

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Join us online as we discuss John McPhee's Uncommon Carriers, his first-hand account of the transportation sector featuring evocative portraits of the men and women who deliver our consumer and industrial goods.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author John McPhee rides the rails, sits shotgun in a tanker truck, and climbs aboard a river towboat as he investigates the ways in which the staples of modern life travel from one place to another. This is a book about people who drive trucks, captain ships, pilot towboats, drive coal trains, and carry lobsters through the air: people who work in freight transportation. McPhee rides from Atlanta to Tacoma alongside Don Ainsworth, owner and operator of a sixty-five-foot, five-axle, eighteen-wheel chemical tanker carrying hazmats―in Ainsworth's opinion "the world's most beautiful truck," so highly polished you could part your hair while looking at it. He goes "out in the sort" among the machines that process a million packages a day at UPS Air's distribution hub at Louisville International Airport. And (among other trips) he travels up the "tight-assed" Illinois River on a towboat pushing a triple string of barges, the overall vessel being "a good deal longer than the Titanic," longer even than the Queen Mary 2.

A compilation of essays—some of which first appeared in the New Yorker and the Atlantic MonthlyCommon Carriers is vintage McPhee, with his unstinting attention to revealing details, wry sense of humor, and a knack for rendering prosaic subjects fascinating.

Book length: 257 pages

Discussion questions: None available

THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST, by Claire North

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Join us for an in-person conversation about Claire North's The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.

Harry August is on his deathbed. Again. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.

Until now.

As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message."

This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

Wildly original, funny, and moving, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is an extraordinary story of a life lived again and again from World Fantasy Award-winning author Claire North.

Book length: 432 pages

Discussion questions:
https://www.marmaladeandmustardseed.com/bookguidesblog/first-fifteen-lives-of-harry-august

More questions:
https://timetravelmart.com/blog/the-time-scouts-book-club-archives-the-first-fifteen-lives-of-harry-august/

ASK AGAIN, YES, by Mary Beth Keane

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Join us online for a conversation about Mary Beth Keane's powerful and moving novel, Ask Again, Yes, a gripping and compassionate family drama set between neighbors in suburban New York.

How much can a family forgive?

Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope, rookie NYPD cops, are new neighbors in Gillam, an upstate New York town of ordinary, big-lawned suburban houses. Lonely Lena Gleeson wants a friend, but Anne Stanhope—cold, elegant, unstable—wants to be left alone. Meanwhile, a lifelong friendship and love blossoms between their children, Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope, born six months apart.

One shocking night their loyalties are divided, when a terrible tragedy drives the families apart, seemingly for good. The bond between Kate and Peter will be tested again and again over the next thirty years. When they meet again as adults, will the violence of the past be vanquished by the power of their love?

Heartbreaking and redemptive, Ask Again, Yes is a gorgeous and generous portrait of the daily intimacies of marriage and the power of forgiveness.

Book length: 416 pages

Discussion questions:
https://www.litlovers.com/reading-guides/fiction/11538-ask-again-yes-keane?start=3

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https://bookclubchat.com/books/book-club-questions-for-ask-again-yes-by-mary-beth-keane/

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https://bookclubbites.com/ask-again-yes-book-club-questions-and-recipe/

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HIMSELF, by Jess Kidd

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