Our Book Clubs


The Linwood Community Library currently hosts two book clubs:

Check out what each group will be reading next!


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November: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

December: Eggnog Murder by Leslie Meier

A Spool of Blue Thread Eggnog Murder

"It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon. . ."

This is how Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red that day in July 1959. The Whitshanks are one of those families that radiate togetherness: an indefinable, enviable kind of specialness. But they are also like all families, in that the stories they tell themselves reveal only part of the picture.

Abby and Red and their four grown children have accumulated not only tender moments, laughter, and celebrations, but also jealousies, disappointments, and carefully guarded secrets. From Red's father and mother, newly arrived in Baltimore in the 1920s, to Abby and Red's grandchildren carrying the family legacy boisterously into the twenty-first century, here are four generations of Whitshanks, their lives unfolding in and around the sprawling, lovingly worn Baltimore house that has always been their anchor.

From Publisher's Weekly: This anthology boasts three terrific tales of yuletide murder in coastal Maine.

In bestseller Meier's title novella, reporter Lucy Stone—featured in 24 full-length mysteries (British Manor Murder, etc.)—must discover who poisoned horrid Dorcas Philpott, write a circulation-boosting story for the Tinker's Cove Pennysaver, and mediate a hilarious domestic culture clash when daughter Elizabeth returns from Paris, sporting silk scarves and affectations.

In Hollis' "Death by Eggnog," a Hayley Powell Food and Cocktails mystery, tyrannical librarian Agatha Farnsworth dies in exquisitely awful detail at the Restaurant Association Dinner, first choking on fiery wings made by Hayley's restaurateur brother, Randy, then suffering anaphylaxis after gulping eggnog mislabeled as nondairy.

Julia Snowden, the heroine of five Maine Clambake mysteries (Fogged Inn, etc.), unwittingly brings trouble home to her mother's for Christmas in Ross' "Nogged Out," a creepily convincing tale of tinsel-decked, cookie-scented psychopathology. It's not just the nog: sparkly writing and emotional depth link this trio of holiday cozies.


SATURDAY ADULT BOOK CLUB:


November: The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

December: Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

The Light We Lost Seven Days of Us

He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?

Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story--their story--at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated--perhaps they'll find life's meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other's hearts.

What happens when a family is forced to spend a week together in quarantine over the holidays?

It's Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew's elder daughter—who is usually off saving the world—will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she's been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family.

For the next seven days, the Birches are locked down, cut off from the rest of humanity—and even decent Wi-Fi—and forced into each other's orbits. Younger, unabashedly frivolous daughter Phoebe is fixated on her upcoming wedding, while her older sister, Olivia, deals with the culture shock of being immersed in first-world problems. 

Their father, Andrew, sequesters himself in his study writing scathing restaurant reviews and remembering his glory days as a war correspondent. But his wife, Emma, is hiding a secret that will turn the whole family upside down.

In close proximity, not much can stay hidden for long, and as revelations and long-held tensions come to light, nothing is more shocking than the unexpected guest who's about to arrive…


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