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  • Friday, Aug 28, 2015: Ain't That The Truth
    Right from the start--thanks to a modern “Greek chorus” that narrates the action--we know that someone is going to end up dead. The questions are who and how.
  • Friday, Sep 25, 2015: Suns and Houses
    This month is a two-fer!
  • Friday, Oct 30, 2015: Yes, we're almost true!
    Based on true events; diplomat's wife Steil was kidnapped when stationed in the Middle East.
  • Friday, Nov 20, 2015: Law Enforcement creeps in!
    Drawn from the true story of the Kopp sisters (Constance became one of the country’s first female deputy sheriffs)
  • Thursday, Dec 17, 2015: Swinging South
    The murder of retired nurse Viola Turner in the small Mississippi town of Natchez sets off a firestorm of vicious attacks to prevent the unearthing of long-buried secrets.

Semester Reading

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Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty
ISBN: 0399167064
Publication Date: 2014-07-29
Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.--from Amazon

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Circling the Sun - Paula Mclain
ISBN: 0345534182
Publication Date: 2015-07-28
Famed aviator and renowned racehorse trainer Beryl Markham is only one of the subjects of McLain’s captivating new novel. The other is Kenya, the country that formed the complicated, independent woman whom Markham would become. Like her father who raised her, she falls under the spell of Kenya’s lush valleys and distant mountains. Here she nurtures her affinity for animals in the wild and learns to breed and tame the most recalcitrant thoroughbreds. But when war and weather affect life at their farm in Ngoro, Beryl’s father pressures the 16-year-old into marrying a much older, financially stable neighbor, setting in motion Markham’s long history of fleeing the constraints of relationships that threaten her keen desire to live life on her own terms. Only on the back of a horse, at the wheel of a car, or, later, flying over her beloved Africa does she feel fully alive and free.

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Hausfrau - Jill Alexander Essbaum
ISBN: 0812987292
Publication Date: 2015-08-04
Anna Benz is an American living with her Swiss husband and their children in Zurich. In an increasingly frantic search for happiness, she takes on German lessons, therapy, and sexual infidelity. None of these distractions seem to provide the satisfaction she seeks. She falls in love with a man who doesn’t love her back. Then her son is killed in a freak accident. Anna seeks redemption from those around her but finds help from outside sources unavailable. Her life moves in a metaphorical spiral until she reaches her center and can go no further. Violently freed from her old self, she sets out to create a new one (Library Journal)

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The Ambassador's Wife - Jennifer Steil
ISBN: 0385539029
Publication Date: 2015-07-28
Wife of the British ambassador to the Middle Eastern country of Mazrooq, freewheeling Miranda is just getting used to her diplomatic tasks, luxurious lifestyle, and need for bodyguards when she is kidnapped. The narrative cuts between past and present, revealing that both she and her husband have things to hide. Based on true events; diplomat's wife Steil was kidnapped when stationed in the Middle East. (Library Journal)

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Girl Waits with Gun - Amy Stewart
ISBN: 0544409914
Publication Date: 2015-09-01
In the summer of 1914 in rural New Jersey, the lives of Constance Kopp and her sisters take a dramatic turn. Their horse-drawn buggy is overturned in an accident with a motor car driven by local factory owner Henry Kaufman. Constance wants only an apology and the money owed to them for damages. Her determination in seeking justice puts her family in danger as the thuggish Kaufman begins a campaign of intimidation against them

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Natchez Burning - Greg Iles
ISBN: 0062311085
Publication Date: 2015-08-04
Mayor Penn Cage learns that his father, the town’s most beloved physician, is about to be charged with murder. The victim? Dr. Cage’s former nurse, Viola Turner, who came home to Natchez to die after a nearly 40-year absence.

Did his father assist in Viola’s suicide? Penn would believe it: his father did the same for Penn’s own wife when she was dying of cancer, years before. But as the town’s corrupt district attorney pursues the case, it becomes clear that Viola’s death was no gentle passage into that good night. In fact, a crusading local reporter has video evidence that Viola died in pain and fear. Penn refuses to believe his father had anything to do with that.


McClellan Bookworms

Who are the McClellan Bookworms? 

  • Well, way back in the year 2010 a group of intrepid folks decided that we were tired of competing to tell about our latest book find.  We gathered together and drew book titles out of a pot in order to determine what to read.  Since that time we have joyously read the same book each month.  We meet, eat, laugh, and discuss our book choices.

Did it stop the problem of pushy book readers sharing their books? 

  • No, but it did add to the fun.

Who can be a bookworm?

  • Anybody can be a McClellan Bookworm.  Each month we share the web information about the book and discussion questions.  We even have dedicated bookworms who fax in their responses!  Yes, they are read to the group.


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