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Slackers Book Club

SlackersSlackers is a self service book club and open to all readers. Stop by each month and pick up a copy of the most recent selection. Upon completion of the book, complete and drop off a comment card, or post directly online from this page.

When: Whenever. Just help yourself to some good reading…no meetings to attend.

Where: Slackers titles are displayed each month on a shelf near the Bestsellers display area. If you are interested in sharing your opinions of the book, just fill out a Slackers’ bookmark comment form, and leave it in the book when you return it. OR you can submit your comments online, right here at the Slackers page. Just use the link at the end of the book description.

Who: For people who don’t want to be committed! Each month a new book is selected for the Slackers’ display.

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Slacker Titles

September 2018 Slacker Title: A Separate Peace by John Knowles


Set at a boys boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing tale of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world. We salute the bittersweet “back to school” time with this American coming of age classic.

August 2018 Slacker Title: A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

To Christina Olson, the entire world was her family’s remote farm in the small coastal town of Cushing, Maine. Born in the home her family had lived in for generations, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina seemed destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was host and inspiration for the artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of “Christina’s World”, one of the best known American paintings of the twentieth century.
This lovely fictional memoir is as captivating as the painting it’s based on.

June 2018 Slacker Title: News of the World by Paulette Jiles

In the aftermath of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, an elderly widower and itinerant news reader, is offered fifty dollars to bring an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, from Wichita Falls back to her family in San Antonio.  This little gem of a novel will take you to another time and place… and you will not be ready to leave when it is over.  (Bonus: Excellent on audio!)

May 2018 Slacker Title: On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman

Faith Frankel has returned to her suburban hometown, where she writes institutional thank-you notes for her alma mater. It’s a peaceful life and with her recent purchase of a sweet bungalow on Turpentine Lane her life is finally on track. When she finds some mysterious artifacts in the attic of her new home, she wonders whether anything in her life is as it seems. Elinor Lipman may well have invented the screwball romantic comedy for our era.  On Turpentine Lane is funny, poignant, and a little bit outrageous.

April 2018 Slacker Title: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah’s path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at the time such a union was punishable by five years in prison. As he struggles to find his place in society, his mother is determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. In his memoir, Noah weaves together a moving yet funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time.  Tip: This is a must read and an even better listen.  Read with wit and candor by the author.

March 2018 Slacker Title: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

On a foggy summer night, eleven people depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and crew members, the mystery surrounding the tragedy heightens. Was it chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something far more sinister at work?  Enjoy the unraveling!

February 2018 Slacker Title: Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

A modern retelling of “The Taming of the Shrew” follows the experiences of a preschool teacher who alienates others by speaking her mind and who is expected by her eccentric father to marry his assistant to prevent the young man’s deportation.  A romantic screwball comedy of manners.

January 2018 Slacker Title: The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir is a delightful debut novel reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Letters and journals reveal the struggles, affairs, deceptions, and triumphs of five members of a village choir during World War II as they band together to survive the upheavals of war and village intrigue on the English home front.  The perfect blend of history and charm.

December 2017 Slacker Title: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

With their babysitter cancelling on them, Anne and Marco leave their baby, Cora, at home while they “pop” next door for dinner party.  It will be fine…they have their baby monitor with them and they will go and check on her every half hour…plus, they’re right next door. What could possibly go wrong?