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Slackers 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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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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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!
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.