(Virtual) Novels & Nonfiction Book Club

Join us to discuss the charming contemporary novel Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson and help pick our book club book for September! Copies of the book in large print, regular print, and audiobook format are available at the library circulation desk.

This book club typically meets on the first Thursday of each month, and new members are always welcome and encouraged to join. We hope to see you there!

This month's book: Be frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

About the book: A sparkling talent makes her fiction debut with this infectious novel that combines the charming pluck of Eloise, the poignant psychological quirks of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and the page-turning spirit of Where’d You Go, Bernadette.

Reclusive literary legend M. M. “Mimi” Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme, she’s flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, and to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies—with a few stipulations: No Ivy-Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids. Quiet, discreet, sane.

When Alice Whitley arrives at the Banning mansion, she’s put to work right away—as a full-time companion to Frank, the writer’s eccentric nine-year-old, a boy with the wit of Noel Coward, the wardrobe of a 1930s movie star, and very little in common with his fellow fourth-graders.

As she slowly gets to know Frank, Alice becomes consumed with finding out who Frank’s father is, how his gorgeous “piano teacher and itinerant male role model” Xander fits into the Banning family equation—and whether Mimi will ever finish that book.

Full of heart and countless “only-in-Hollywood” moments, Be Frank with Me is a captivating and unconventional story of an unusual mother and son, and the intrepid young woman who finds herself irresistibly pulled into their unforgettable world.

Registration: Email Charlie Pope at cpope@flintpublib.org to receive the invitation to this Zoom meeting.

Age Group(s): Adults

Location: Zoom

 
Date:
Thursday Aug 5, 2021
Time:
6:30 PM  -  7:45 PM
Contact:
Charlie Pope    978.774.8132    cpope@flintpublib.org

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