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Friday September 9, 2016
Noontime Book Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 

During the last year of World War II, Marie-Laure, a French teenager who is blind, and Werner, an intelligent German soldier, come together, despite being on opposite sides of the conflict. After the fall of Paris, Marie-Laure and her father, a locksmith for a museum, flee to Saint-Malo to live with her great-uncle, who joins the Resistance. The father-daughter duo take a very precious jewel from the museum with them. Werner is a German orphan who escaped a life in the mines by using his mathematical abilities. Educated at a Nazi training school, he serves the cause but questions its morality. An assignment brings him to Saint-Malo, where he meets Marie-Laure and all the pieces fall into place. (2014)

AWARDS: Pulitzer Prize: FictionAlex AwardsBook Sense Book of the Year Award: Adult Trade Book ,RUSA: Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction

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Friday October 14, 2016
Noontime Book Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Light Between OceansThe Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

A young couple's decision has far-reaching effects in this novel by M.L. Stedman. When Tom Sherbourne accepts a position as a lighthouse keeper on a tiny island far from the Australian coast, he hopes to leave behind the horrors he witnessed on the battlefields of World War I. His wife Isabel joins him in his pursuit, and they forge a strong relationship in their isolation. Tom and Isabel have almost no contact with the outside world during their years on the island. Gradually, three failed pregnancies take their toll on Isabel. When a boat carrying a man's corpse and a live baby drifts to their island, Isabel persuades Tom that they should pretend the girl is theirs. When Tom and Isabel finally return to the mainland, they learn the repercussions of their choice. First novel. (2012)

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Friday November 4, 2016
Noontime Book Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's BerlinIn the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson 

Best-selling author Erik Larson examines the rise of Nazi Germany through the lenses of two very different people: the first American ambassador to the Third Reich and his daughter, a carefree spirit wooed by the Nazi upper crust. In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin follows soft-spoken William E. Dodd and his daughter Martha as they carouse through a Germany that is gradually more controlled by Hitler and his oppressive henchmen. Dodd is leery of the Reich's aims, while Martha revels in the excesses of high society, creating a multifaceted portrait of a country in the grip of a madman. (2011)

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Friday December 9, 2016
Noontime Book Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

RebeccaRebecca by Daphne du Maurier

"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . ."
The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives--presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.
First published in 1938, this classic gothic novel is such a compelling read that it won the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century.

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Friday January 13, 2017
Noontime Book Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and DisappearedThe 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson 

Originally published in Sweden by Piratforloget, this debut novel from Jonas Jonasson about a 100-year-old nursing home runaway has been a best-seller in Europe. The protagonist, Allan Karlsson, faces the arrival of his 100th birthday with the same sense of adventure that has defined his long life. Although he is now an old man confined by the strict rules of his eldercare facility, Karlsson spent his earlier years working as an explosives expert, journeying around the world, and hobnobbing with some of the 20th century's most famous historic figures. After escaping through his bedroom window, Karlsson sets off on the biggest exploit of his life--this one involving theft, a criminal gang, and elephants. First novel. (2012)
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Friday February 10, 2017
Noontime Book Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Smilla's Sense of SnowSmilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg 

Smilla Jasperson is an outsider, an exile from the vast white wastes of her birth, an icy, bitter, and intellectual woman. She loves or needs no one, but is touched when a small Greenlander boy in her building, Isaiah, needs her help. When Isaiah dies mysteriously, Smilla is determined to understand why. Despite the official attitude that Isaiah's death was accidental, she digs for answers--and runs headlong into a vast and frightening conspiracy of which Isaiah was only one casualty.  (1993)
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Friday March 10, 2017
Noontime Book Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Snow Falling on CedarsSnow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

Japanese-American Kabuo Miyomoto is accused of the murder of Carl Heine, a fisherman found trapped in his nets. They had had words earlier and means and motive were both available. Covering the trial for his newspaper is Ishmael Chambers, a native islander whose feelings are complicated because of the relationship he had before the war with the accused man's wife, Hatsue. What happened during the war looms large during the trial because Chambers lost an arm in combat and the Miyomotos were interned. First novel. (1994)

 

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Friday April 14, 2017
Noontime Book Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

A Man Called OveA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 

A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbor from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?
Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.  (2014)

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Friday May 12, 2017
Noontime Book Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

EuphoriaEuphoria by Lily King 

English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying a tribe on the Sepik River in the Territory of New Guinea with little success. Increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when he encounters the famous and controversial Nell Stone and her wry, mercurial Australian husband Fen. Bankson is enthralled by the magnetic couple whose eager attentions pull him back from the brink of despair. Nell and Fen have their own reasons for befriending Bankson. Emotionally and physically raw from studying the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo tribe, the couple is hungry for a new discovery. But when Bankson leads them to the artistic, female-dominated Tam, he ignites an intellectual and emotional firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone's control.  (2014)

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Friday June 9, 2017
Noontime Book Group
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 

With Saigon about to fall to the enemy in the waning days of the Vietnam War, a South Vietnamese general goes about the task of deciding who will be given permission to board the last flights out of the country. At his side is his trusted captain, a man whose loyalty he does not question. As Saigon falls, the general and his colleagues escape to America, where they find freedom, but not status. They settled into new lives as janitors, cooks, and liquor store owners, unaware that one of them is secretly reporting their activities to the enemy back in Vietnam. The captain's loyalties have long belonged to the Communists, and even in a new land, he will do anything to keep his actions a secret. First novel. (2015)
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