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Welcome to all you ladies who are 40+! It is your time to get out of the house and expand your mind with some great literature and food for thought! We are here:

*to share your thoughts and ideas over a book that you HAVE to talk about

*to start reading all those books you've been wanting to read

*to read a book that goes deeper than the latest fluff

*to get out of the house to have an adult conversation

*to start new friendships

We will meet once a month at our favorite coffee/wine bar. It is a great place to grab a drink or tasty snack as we mull over our book of the month. Our book choices will range from classic literature, current best sellers, and cult favorites. Some of my favorite reads have been from a genre I would not have tried!

So let's open the pages and start The Next Chapter!

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I love a good mystery thriller to keep me turning the pages while on the beach!

THE DRY by Jane Harper
In the grip of the worst drought in a century, the farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily when three members of a local family are found brutally slain.

Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his childhood friend, loath to face the townsfolk who turned their backs on him twenty years earlier.
But as questions mount, Falk is forced to probe deeper into the deaths of the Hadler family. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret. A secret Falk thought was long buried. A secret Luke's death now threatens to bring to the surface in this small Australian town, as old wounds bleed into new ones. (Goodreads)

THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY by Patricia Highsmith

Patricia Highsmith was an American novelist who is known mainly for her psychological crime thrillers which have led to more than two dozen film adaptations over the years.

Since his debut in 1955, Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath, influencing countless novelists and filmmakers. In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal but grows enraged by Dickie's ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante. (Goodreads)

Historical Fiction: PACHINKO by Lee-Min jin

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Let's finish out the summer with a generation spanning historical fiction that takes us away to the magical island of Japan!

PACHINKO by Lee Min-jin
In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant — and that her lover is married — she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.

Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee's complex and passionate characters — strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis — survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.

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