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Classics Book Group meets to discuss their October pick Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
Old St. Pat's Book Group meets to dicuss their October selection, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi .
The Never Too Old: A YA Book Club for Adults meets to discuss their selection for October, Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley.
John Feinstein presents his new book The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup at the Ridgemoor Country Club.
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About John Feinstein:
John Feinstein is the author of many books, including the two best-selling sports books of all time: “A Season on The Brink,” and “A Good Walk Spoiled,” both No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. He has also written several mysteries written for kids. Many others have been New In addition to his books, John also works for The Washington Post, The Golf Channel, Golf Digest, Sirius XM, CBS Sports Radio and Comcast Sportsnet. He has been inducted into The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame; The National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame; The U.S. Basketball Writer’s Hall of Fame and the Greater D.C. Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He is a graduate of Duke University and lives in Potomac, Maryland with his wife Christine and has three children: Danny, Brigid and Jane.
About The First Major:
Coming into 2016, the Americans had lost an astounding six out of the last seven Ryder Cup matches, and tensions were running high for the showdown that took place in October, 2016 in Hazeltine, Minnesota, just days after American legend Arnold Palmer had died. What resulted was one of the most raucous and heated three days in the Cup's long history. Award-winning author John Feinstein takes readers behind the scenes, providing an inside view of the dramatic stories as they unfolded: veteran Phil Mickelson's two-year roller-coaster as he upended the American preparation process and helped assemble a superb team; superstar Rory McIlroy becoming the clear-cut emotional leader of the European team, and his reasons for wanting to beat the US team so badly this time around; the raucous matches between McIlroy and American Patrick Reed - resulting in both incredible golf, and several moments that threatened to come to blows; the return of Tiger Woods not as a player but an assistant captain, and his obsession with helping the US win - which was never the case when he was playing. Feinstein provides his unique take on the Ryder Cup, which has clearly become golf's most intense and emotional event...it's 'first Major.'
Join us at the Budlong Woods Library as the She Writes Press presents "Bright Heroines in Dark Times, Mystery and Suspense."
About J.L. Doucette: J.L. Doucette returned to Rhode Island after living many years in Wyoming. She earned a doctorate in counseling psychology from Boston University and has a private practice in Providence. She is at work on her second novel, On a Quiet Street, also featuring Dr. Pepper Hunt.
About Last Seen: When a traumatized reporter goes missing in the Wyoming wilderness, the therapist who knows her secrets is drawn into the investigation--and she comes face-to-face with terrifying answers regarding her own difficult past.
About Jennifer Dwight: Jennifer Dwight worked as a litigation paralegal, trainer, and writer for 33 years in the San Francisco area while rearing her children as a single mother. During that time she wrote and published numerous articles, a sixty-segment fiction serial, short stories, and three nonfiction books, and presented seminars, speeches, and training programs in the legal community. She now concentrates on writing fiction and lives with her family in Northern California.
About The Tolling of Mercedes Bell: When she becomes entangled with a charismatic lawyer at her work, recently widowed Mercedes Bell unwittingly drinks a noxious cocktail of deception, desire, legal intrigue, and grief--but when she realizes that her life and her daughter's safety hang in the balance, she is jolted into action.
About Amy S. Peele: Amy Peele was born and raised in the Chicago area, where she graduated from South Chicago School of Nursing. She discovered her passion for organ donation and transplantation when she started as a transplant coordinator at University of Chicago, and has since enjoyed a thirty-five-year career in transplantation in both Illinois and California. Peele has lived and worked in the San Francisco area since 1985 and has been writing creatively for over fifteen years. In addition to killing people in her murder mysteries, she enjoys meditating, yoga, swimming, and pursuing her spirituality by studying the teachings of Deepak Chopra.
About Cut: A well-respected transplant nurse and her best friend meet the corrupt world of organ transplants in a wild rollercoaster ride through lifestyles of the rich and famous.
About J.L. Newton: J. L. Newton is Professor Emerita at a land grant university. She is at work on another mystery and lives in California where she tends her garden and cooks for family and friends.
About Oink: Emily Addams, foodie professor of women's studies at Arbor State--a land grant university in Northern California--finds herself an unlikely suspect in the poisoning of a man she barely knows: Professor Peter Elliott of Plant Biology, the hotshot developer of a new genetically modified corn.How did her cornbread end up in his hand as he lay in the smelly muck of a pig's pen? As Emily and her colleagues try to identify who and what has poisoned Peter, they also struggle to keep a new and corporate-minded administration from defunding the women's and ethnic studies programs. In the process of solving the mystery, Emily and her network deepen their ties to each other--and uncover some of the dark secrets of a university whose traditionally communal values are being polluted by a wave of profit-fueled ideals.Oink comes with recipes.
About Kate Jessica Raphael: Kate Raphael is a San Francisco Bay Area writer, feminist and queer activist and radio journalist, who makes her living as a law firm word processor. She lived in Palestine for eighteen months as a member of the International Women's Peace Service, documenting human rights abuses and accompanying Palestinians as they attempted to live normal lives under occupation. At the end of her time in Palestine, she was imprisoned for over a month by the Israeli authorities and eventually deported. In 2011, she won a residency at Hedgebrook. She produces the weekly radio show, Women's Magazine, on KPFA/Pacifica, which is heard throughout Northern and Central California. Her writing from Palestine has been included in the anthology Peace Under Fire (Verso), Reclaiming Quarterly, Left Turn, and websites including miftah and palestinemonitor.
About Murder Under the Bridge: When Rania--the only female Palestinian police detective in the northern West Bank, as well as a young mother in a rural community where many believe women should not have such a dangerous career--discovers the body of a foreign woman on the edge of her village, no one seems to want her look too deeply into what's happened. But she finds an ally in Chloe--a gay, Jewish-American peace worker with a camera and a big attitude--and together, with the help of an annoying Israeli policeman, they work to solve the murder. As they do, secrets about war crimes and Israel's thriving sex trafficking trade begin to surface--and Rania finds everything she holds dear in jeopardy.
About Murder Under the Fig Tree: Hamas has taken power in Palestine, and the Israeli government is rounding up threats. When Palestinian policewoman Rania Bakara finds herself thrown in prison, though she has never been part of Hamas, her friend Chloe flies in from San Francisco to get her out. Chloe begs an Israeli policeman named Benny for help--and Benny offers Rania a way out: investigate the death of a young man in a village near her own. The young man's neighbors believe the Israeli army killed him; Benny believes his death might not have been so honorable. Initially, Rania refuses; she has no interest in helping the Israelis. But she is released anyway, and returns home to find herself without a job and suspected of being a traitor. Searching for redemption, she launches an investigation into the young man's death that draws her into a Palestinian gay scene she never knew existed.
About Michelle Cox: Michelle Cox holds a B.A. in English literature from Mundelein College, Chicago, and is the author of the award-winning A Girl Like You, the first in the Henrietta and Inspector Howard series. She is known for her wildly popular blog, "How to Get Your Book Published in 7,000 Easy Steps -A Practical Guide" as well as her charming "Novel Notes of Local Lore" - a blog dedicated to Chicago's forgotten residents. Michelle lives with her husband and three children in the Chicago suburbs.
About A Girl Like You: Henrietta Von Harmon works as a 26 girl at a corner bar on Chicago's northwest side. It's 1935, but things still aren't looking up since the big crash and her father's subsequent suicide, leaving Henrietta to care for her antagonistic mother and younger siblings. Henrietta is eventually persuaded to take a job as a taxi dancer at a local dance hall--and just when she's beginning to enjoy herself, the floor matron turns up dead. When aloof Inspector Clive Howard appears on the scene, Henrietta agrees to go undercover for him--and is plunged into Chicago's grittier underworld. Meanwhile, she's still busy playing mother hen to her younger siblings, as well as to pesky neighborhood boy Stanley, who believes himself in love with her and keeps popping up in the most unlikely places, determined to keep Henrietta safe--even from the Inspector, if need be. Despite his efforts, however, and his penchant for messing up the Inspector's investigation, the lovely Henrietta and the impenetrable Inspector find themselves drawn to each other in most unsuitable ways.
About A Ring of Truth: Newly engaged, Clive and Henrietta now begin the difficult task of meeting each other's family. "Difficult" because Clive has neglected to tell Henrietta that he is in fact the heir to the Howard estate and fortune, and Henrietta has just discovered that her mother has been hiding secrets about her past as well. When Clive brings Henrietta to the family estate to meet his parents, they are less than enthused about his impoverished intended. Left alone in this extravagant new world when Clive returns to the city, Henrietta finds herself more at home with the servants than his family, much to the disapproval of Mrs. Howard and soon gets caught up in the disappearance of an elderly servant's ring, not realizing that in doing so she has become part of a bigger, darker plot.
About Nadine Kenney Johnstone: Nadine Kenney Johnstone teaches English at Loyola University and received her MFA from Columbia College in Chicago. Her work has been featured in Chicago magazine,The Moth, PANK, and various anthologies, including The Magic of Memoir. She presents at writing conferences internationally and lives near Chicago with her family.
About Of This Much I'm Sure: After an IVF procedure leads to near-fatal internal bleeding, one woman must ask herself if the journey to create life is worth risking her own.