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This book has been a best-seller for some time now, and could be a good fit for our February read. You know, tension, passion. But not like last year's "Rebecca." Wow, was that dark... But hey, that's been redone and will be released on Netflix in October, so look at us, ahead of the curve. This book is already a series on Hulu... So I guess we'd better get with it. “All her life, she had learned that passion, like fire, was a dangerous thing. It so easily went out of control. It scaled walls and jumped over trenches. Sparks leapt like fleas and spread as rapidly; a breeze could carry embers for miles. Better to control that spark and pass it carefully from one generation to the next, like an Olympic torch. Or, perhaps, to tend it carefully like an eternal flame: a reminder of light and goodness that would never - could never - set anything ablaze. Carefully controlled. Domesticated. Happy in captivity. The key, she thought, was to avoid conflagration.” ― Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere I'd like to try for Fabbioli again (call me sentimental, but the raspberry merlot is wonderful with those chocolate truffles, and February IS Valentine's month), but, as with our other events, the time and location will be dependent on the weather and health situation.
"A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget. France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name." https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50623864-the-invisible-life-of-addie-larue *Date and location may shift in light of weather and the health situation at the time. Yes, this is a brewery, but the views are amazing, and it's wonderful to visit in the spring around St. Patrick's Day.
"Set in the rural Midlands of England, The Rainbow (1915) revolves around three generations of the Brangwens, a strong, vigorous family, deeply involved with the land. When Tom Brangwen marries a Polish widow,Lydia Lensky, and adopts her daughter Anna as his own, he is unprepared for the conflict and passion that erupts between them. All are seeking individual fulfilment, but it is Ursula, Anna's spirited daughter, who, in search for self-knowledge, rejects the conventional role of womanhood." https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31491.The_Rainbow?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=UnDQYzmB9Z&rank=5 Personally, I don't think this summary does it justice, based on reviews I've read, and I'm looking forward to reading this one for the first time. *Date and location subject to shift in light of the weather and health situation at the time.
"The Outsiders is about two weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for "social") has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he's always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers--until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy's skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser." https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/231804.The_Outsiders?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=2mW8woxbb8&rank=1 Also, "Stay gold, Ponyboy." *Date and location subject to shift in light of the weather and health situation at the time.