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Lunch and Love Romance Book Club: Any Christmas Romance

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Any Christmas Romance

For the month of December, the selection will be any Christmas-based romance.  We will meet for a special Christmas luncheon and discuss all the different Christmas-themed books we have read.

This book club event will be a Christmas Party luncheon.  Please contact chewitt@hmcpl.org or 256-489-3392 for more information. Read more about Lunch and Love Romance Book Club: Any Christmas Romance

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Lunch and Love Romance Book Club: Secrets of the Lost Summer

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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9780778313113
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Carla Neggers
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Secrets of the Lost Summer

A wave of hope carries Olivia Frost back to her small New England hometown nestled in the beautiful Swift River Valley. She's transforming a historic home into an idyllic getaway. Picturesque and perfect, if only the absentee owner will fix up the eyesore next door.…Dylan McCaffrey's ramshackle house is an inheritance he never counted on. It also holds the key to a generations-old lost treasure he can't resist…any more than he can resist his new neighbor. Against this breathtaking landscape, Dylan and Olivia pursue long-buried secrets and discover a mystery wrapped in a love story…past and present.

Because of elections we will meet at a nearby restaurant instead of the community center this month.  For more information contact chewitt@hmcpl.org or 256-489-3392. Read more about Lunch and Love Romance Book Club: Secrets of the Lost Summer

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Lunch and Love Romance Book Club: Future Widow's Club by Rhonda Nelson

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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9781495932403
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Rhonda Nelson
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Future Widow's Club

Welcome to the Future Widows' Club--a secret society of women who've been treated like garbage by their horrible husbands and would rather wait for widowhood than endure a divorce. But sometimes waiting can be murder... Jolie Marshall's husband Chris is definitely horrible, bless her heart. He tricked Jolie into an "I do"--and her mother out of her father's life insurance money. Now Jolie is staying in the marriage--with a little assistance from the Future Widows' Club, of course--while she amasses the necessary evidence to send him to prison. But when Chris is murdered, Jolie becomes the prime suspect. And her alibi? She was at an FWC meeting, which doesn't exactly lend itself to innocence. But when old flame Jake Malone--the man Jolie ditched to marry Chris--is assigned lead detective on the case she knows she's really in hot water. Because suddenly the new widow is thinking that a life sentence with no hope for parole--with him--wouldn't be too bad.

Join us for a brown bag lunch and book discussion in the Monrovia Community Center Meeting room next door to the Monrovia Library.  For more information contact chewitt@hmcpl.org or 256-489-3392. Read more about Lunch and Love Romance Book Club: Future Widow's Club by Rhonda Nelson

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Lunch and Love Romance Book Club: Virgin River by Robyn Carr

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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9780778314158
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Robyn Carr
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Virgin River

Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against a backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal-clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included.
When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad, she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to reenergize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arriving: the cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Realizing she's made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning.  But a tiny baby, abandoned on a front porch, changes her plans…and former marine Jack Sheridan cements them into place.

Join us for a brown bag lunch and book discussion in the Monrovia Community Center meeting room next door to Monrovia Library.  For more information contact chewitt@hmcpl.org or 256-489-3392.

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Lunch and Love Romance Book Club: Trouble in Mudbug by Jana DeLeon

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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9781940270036
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Jana DeLeon
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Trouble in Mudbug

Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law’s death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana. Unfortunately, death doesn’t slow down Helena one bit. DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into – especially as it seems someone wants her dead. Keeping his secrets while protecting Maryse proves to be easier than fighting his attraction for the brainy beauty.

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Lunch and Love Romance Book Club: Much Ado About You by Eloisa James

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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9780060732066
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Eloisa James
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Much Ado About You

When you're the oldest daughter, you don't get to have any fun!

Witty, orphaned Tess Essex faces her duty: marry well and marry quickly, so she can arrange matches for her three sisters -- beautiful Annabel, romantic Imogen and practical Josie. After all, right now they're under the rather awkward guardianship of the perpetually tipsy Duke of Holbrook. But just when she begins to think that all might end well, one of her sisters bolts with a horse-mad young lord, and her own fiancé just plain runs away.

Which leaves Tess contemplating marriage to the sort of man she wishes to avoid -- one of London's most infamous rakes. Lucius Felton is a rogue whose own mother considers him irredeemable! He's delicious, Annabel points out. And he's rich, Josie notes. But although Tess finally consents to marry him, it may be for the worst reason of all. Absurd as she knows it to be, she may have fallen utterly in love . . .

Join us at the Monrovia Community Center next door to the Monrovia Library for a brown bag lunch and book discussion.  This event will take place at a nearby restaurant since the Community Center will be used for elections on June 3.  Please contact 256-489-3392 or chewitt@hmcpl.org for more information.

 

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Russell Readers Bookclub

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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9781101627358
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Khaled Hosseini
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And the Mountains Echoed

After his triumphant novels The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini gifts us with a poignant story of love, loss, and recovery across several families and over several generations. Like an intricately woven tapestry, And the Mountains Echoed pulls us into the lives of disparate children, men, and women in Afghanistan, France, Greece, and California, showing us how the choices they and other make resonate over decades. A masterpiece; superlative early reviews. Read more about Russell Readers Bookclub

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Lovers of Lit Bookclub

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Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
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9780743291484
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A.J. Jacobs
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The Year of Living Biblically

From the bestselling author of The Know-It-All comes a fascinating and timely exploration of religion and the Bible. A.J. Jacobs chronicles his hilarious and thoughtful year spent obeying―as literally as possible―the tenets of the Bible.

Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive in headfirst and attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. He vows to follow the Ten Commandments. To be fruitful and multiply. To love his neighbor. But also to obey the hundreds of less publicized rules: to avoid wearing clothes made of mixed fibers; to play a ten-string harp; to stone adulterers.

The resulting spiritual journey is at once funny and profound, reverent and irreverent, personal and universal and will make you see history’s most influential book with new eyes.

Jacobs’s quest transforms his life even more radically than the year spent reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica for The Know-It-All. His beard grows so unruly that he is regularly mistaken for a member of ZZ Top. He immerses himself in prayer, tends sheep in the Israeli desert, battles idolatry, and tells the absolute truth in all situations—much to his wife’s chagrin.

Throughout the book, Jacobs also embeds himself in a cross-section of communities that take the Bible literally. He tours a Kentucky-based creationist museum and sings hymns with Pennsylvania Amish. He dances with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn and does Scripture study with Jehovah’s Witnesses. He discovers ancient biblical wisdom of startling relevance. And he wrestles with seemingly archaic rules that baffle the twenty-first-century brain.

Jacobs’s extraordinary undertaking yields unexpected epiphanies and challenges. A book that will charm readers both secular and religious, The Year of Living Biblically is part Cliff Notes to the Bible, part memoir, and part look into worlds unimaginable. Thou shalt not be able to put it down. Read more about Lovers of Lit Bookclub

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Russell Readers Bookclub

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
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9780061673696
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Author: 
Bill Bryson
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Shakespeare: The World as Stage

William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.

Bryson documents the efforts of earlier scholars, from today's most respected academics to eccentrics like Delia Bacon, an American who developed a firm but unsubstantiated conviction that her namesake, Francis Bacon, was the true author of Shakespeare's plays. Emulating the style of his famous travelogues, Bryson records episodes in his research, including a visit to a bunkerlike room in Washington, D.C., where the world's largest collection of First Folios is housed.

Bryson celebrates Shakespeare as a writer of unimaginable talent and enormous inventiveness, a coiner of phrases ("vanish into thin air," "foregone conclusion," "one fell swoop") that even today have common currency. His Shakespeare is like no one else's—the beneficiary of Bryson's genial nature, his engaging skepticism, and a gift for storytelling unrivaled in our time. Read more about Russell Readers Bookclub

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Eleanor Murphy ForeverYA Book Club: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

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Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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Catherynne M. Valente
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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Twelve-year-old September's ordinary life in Omaha turns to adventure when a Green Wind takes her to Fairyland to retrieve a talisman the new and fickle Marquess wants from the enchanted woods. Read more about Eleanor Murphy ForeverYA Book Club: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

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