The Third Tuesday Book Group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 2:30-3:30pm.
Below are the selections for the 2020 calendar year:
January 19: We Must Be Brave by Frances Liardet (F)
December 1940. In the disorderly evacuation of Southampton, England, newly married Ellen
Parr finds a small child asleep on the backseat of an empty bus – and she takes her.
February 16: The Great Influenza: The epic story of the deadliest plague in history by John
M. Barry. (NF)
The definitive account of the 1918 Flu Epidemic. At the height of WWI, history's
most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with
American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide.
It killed more people in twenty-four months than AIDS killed in twenty-four years,
more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century. But this was not the Middle
Ages, and 1918 marked the first collision of science and epidemic disease.
March 16: Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen (F)
Brilliantly written, powerfully observed, Still Life with Bread Crumbs is a deeply moving and often
very funny story of unexpected love, and a stunningly crafted journey into the life of a woman, her
heart, her mind, her days, as she discovers that life is a story with many levels, a story that is longer
and more exciting than she ever imagined.
April 20: Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown by Anne
From an Amazon review: This is the memoir of Lady Glenconner who served as lady-in-waiting to
Princess Margaret. She grew up near the royal family her entire life as most of her family had served
the royal family in similar capacities. The story starts with Helen Bonham Carter meeting Lady
Glenconner for tea to speak about Princess Margaret and her upcoming role in The Crown. This
lovely book reads as if you too are enjoying tea with Lady Glenconner as she tells you about her life.
History is often dry but this is anything but that.
May 18: Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner (F)
Called a “magnificently crafted story . . . brimming with wisdom” by Howard Frank Mosher in The
Washington Post Book World, Crossing to Safety has, since its publication in 1987, established itself
as one of the greatest and most cherished American novels of the twentieth century. Tracing the
lives, loves, and aspirations of two couples who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, it is a work
of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and
June 15: Three Hours to Paris by Cara Black (F)
In June of 1940, when Paris fell to the Nazis, Hitler spent a total of three hours in the City of
Light—abruptly leaving, never to return. To this day, no one knows why. Kate Rees, a young
American markswoman, has been recruited by British intelligence to drop into Paris with a
dangerous assignment: assassinate the Führer. Wrecked by grief after a Luftwaffe bombing killed
her husband and infant daughter, she is armed with a rifle, a vendetta, and a fierce resolve. But
other than rushed and rudimentary instruction, she has no formal spy training. Thrust into the red-hot
center of the war, a country girl from rural Oregon finds herself holding the fate of the world in her
hands. When Kate misses her mark and the plan unravels, Kate is on the run for her life—all the
time wrestling with the suspicion that the whole operation was a set-up.
July 20: The Splendid and the Vile: The Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the
Blitz by Eric Larson (NF)
On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland
and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For
the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It
was up to Churchill to hold his country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that
Britain was a worthy ally—and willing to fight to the end.
August 17: This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger (F)
In the summer of 1932, on the banks of Minnesota’s Gilead River, Odie O’Banion is an orphan
confined to the Lincoln Indian Training School, a pitiless place where his lively nature earns him the
superintendent’s wrath. Forced to flee after committing a terrible crime, he and his brother, Albert,
their best friend, Mose, and a brokenhearted little girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading
for the mighty Mississippi and a place to call their own.
September 21: Afterlife by Julia Alverez (The author of In the Time of Butterflies) (F)
Antonia Vega, the immigrant writer at the center of Afterlife, has had the rug pulled out from under her.
She has just retired from the college where she taught English when her beloved husband, Sam,
suddenly dies. And then more jolts: her bighearted but unstable sister disappears, and Antonia returns
home one evening to find a pregnant, undocumented teenager on her doorstep. Antonia has
always sought direction in the literature she loves—lines from her favorite authors play in her head like a
soundtrack—but now she finds that the world demands more of her than words.
October 19: The Henna Artist by Alka Josti (F)
Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the
vibrant 1950s pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist—and
confidante—to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy,
she can never reveal her own…
November 16: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel (F)
In this captivating story of crisis and survival, Emily St. John Mandel takes readers through often
hidden landscapes: campgrounds for the near-homeless, underground electronica clubs, the
business of international shipping, service in luxury hotels, and life in a federal prison. Rife with
unexpected beauty, The Glass Hotel is a captivating portrait of greed and guilt, love and delusion,
ghosts and unintended consequences, and the infinite ways we search for meaning in our lives.
December 21: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman (F)
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove comes a charming, poignant
novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and
eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined.
January 18, 2022: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V E Schwab (F)
On every Best Book List in 2020.
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.
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Topic: Third Tuesday Zoom Meeting
Time: Jan 19, 2021 02:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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