Calling all readers!
Are you missing human interaction as much as we are? Do you miss connecting with your fellow readers or librarians? Well, we miss you; so, we invite all of you to join us for book discussions!
In May, we will host a weekly Couch Club, where you can chat about books without leaving your couch. Each week, we will separately read a portion of the selected book and then meet up, virtually of course, at 2 p.m. Fridays to discuss what we've read.
We invite you to help pick the book we will read together. We have selected a mix of five books, some fiction and some nonfiction, for the balloting. If you are interested in joining and want to vote for the first book, you can do so on Willard Library's Facebook page by Sunday, April 26.
The poll will be open through Monday, April 27. The title with the most votes will be the first book we read as a club. Below is a brief description of each title. Interested Couch Clubbers can click here to register for the first virtual meeting on at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 1. We look forward to reading with you!
- "The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires" by Grady Hendrix
Patricia Campbell's life has never felt smaller. Trapped in a hectic life, this middle-aged wife, mother, and caretaker, finds sanity in her little Charleston book club. After being attacked by an elderly neighbor, Patricia finds solace in the neighbor's handsome nephew, James Harris. James makes Patricia feel in ways she has never felt before, but when a string of deaths happens in their neighborhood, Patricia starts to believe that there may be more to James than meets the eye.
- "Washington Black" by Esi Edugyan
George Washington Black—or Wash—has a bleak view of the world as he's spent his 11 years of life as a field slave. However, when he is given to his master's brother, Christopher Wilde, who is an eccentric naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist, he is thrown into the exciting new world of flying machines, and adventure. Yet when a man is killed, and a bounty placed on Wash's head, he and Wilde escape into the dangerous unknown.
- "The Mountains Sing" by Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
Set against the backdrop of the Viet Nam War, this multigenerational tale begins with Trần Diệu Lan, who was forced to flee her family farm with her six children during the Land Reform as the Communist government rose in the North. From there the story springs forward to Hương, Diệu Lan's young granddaughter, as she comes of age during the time of Hồ Chí Minh and the conflict that tore not just her beloved country, but her family apart.
- "The Sun Is a Compass" by Caroline Van Hemert
Join Caroline and her husband as they journey 4,000 miles from the Pacific rain forest to the Alaskan Arctic in this adventure memoir. Filled with harrowing dangers and incredible experiences, Caroline introduces us to the wild unknown and the amazing creatures that live there. Deemed "a love letter to nature," Caroline shows the resilience of the human spirit and our connection to nature.
- "The Gift of Forgiveness" by Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt
What does it mean to forgive? More than 20 in-depth interviews and stories as well as personal reflections from Schwarzenegger Pratt explore this very question. The book provides journeys from the well-known and unknown, including Elizabeth Smart, who learned to forgive her captors; Sue Klebold, whose son, Dylan, was one of the Columbine shooters, learning empathy and how to forgive herself; Chris Williams, who forgave the drunken teenager who killed his wife and child; and of course Schwarzenegger Pratt's own challenges.
Please take a look at the books, vote, and then we look forward to chatting from our couches.
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