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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

New Slacker Title: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been so for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate, the first automobile any of them have seen and a stranger arrives. In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. This discovery will bring a world of change to Li-yan and the Akha. Another powerful novel of culture from the author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

New Slacker Title: The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

Truluv is a moving novel about three people who have lost the person they love most.  Arthur, a widower, meets Maddy, an angry and friendless teenage girl, while visiting his late wife at the cemetery, where he goes every day for lunch. Against all odds, the two strike up a friendship that pulls them out of a serious rut. They band together with Arthur’s nosy neighbor Lucille, to create lives that are truly worth living. Proving that life’s most precious moments are sweeter when shared.

New Slacker Title: They May Not Mean To, But They Do by Cathleen Schine

They May Not Mean To, But They Do by Cathleen Schine

Joy Bergman is not slipping into old age with the quiet grace her children would prefer. She won’t take their advice and she won’t take an antidepressant. When her beloved husband dies, Molly and Daniel have no shortage of solutions for their mother’s loneliness. Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking…this is an insightful read about growing older and having adult children who think they know best.

December 2018 Slacker Title: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project

Don Tillman, a socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife, but instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father. Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you. There’s a reason everyone loves this book…time for you to find out why.

November 2018 Slacker Title: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Meet Eleanor Oliphant. She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Eleanor has become a creature of habit and a bit of a loner. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling IT guy from her office. It is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. Witty and heartwarming, Eleanor is a debut you don’t want to miss!

October 2018 Slacker Title: Books by Visiting Author – Judge Michael Ponsor

This month we feature the thrilling legal fiction of Judge Michael Ponsor as we prepare for his visit to Reading Public Library on Thursday, November 1 at 7 pm. Please join us as we welcome this bestselling author for a reading of his most recent book, The One-Eyed Judge and a discussion of his life on the bench.
His previous book, The Hanging Judge, is also available at the Slackers display.

 

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!)