Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse (the Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse, 44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521). We’ll be discussing Only to Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Novel, by Lawrence Osborne, a continuation of Raymond Chandler’s classic Philip Marlowe detective series. “The year is 1988. The place, Baja California. And Philip Marlowe — now in his seventy-second year — is living out his retirement in the terrace bar of the La Fonda hotel. Sipping margaritas, playing cards, his silver-tipped cane at the ready. When in saunter two men dressed like undertakers, with a case that has his name written all over it.” [from publisher's blurb]
February’s book will be The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, by Kim Michele Richardson. “Inspired by the true and historical blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek showcases a first in traditionally published literary novels — a bold and unique story about the Kentucky Blue people and Packhorse Librarians — a tale of fierce strength and one woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhere — even back home” [publisher's blurb] The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, February 18.
In March we’ll be reading Point Reyes Sheriff’s Calls by Susanna Solomon, a collection of short stories inspired by Sheriff’s calls published in the author’s favorite local newspaper, the Point Reyes Light. The imaginary denizens having run-ins with the law include Fred, a “charmingly confused pedestrian,” his wife, “the cantankerous but loving Mildred; Doris, the local hairdresser, the voluptuous Officer Kettleman and more.” [Publisher's blurb] The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, March 17.
April’s book has changed! In April we’ll be reading The Library Book by Susan Orlean. Called a “dazzling love letter to a beloved institution,” Orlean weaves her love of books and reading into the investigation of the 1986 Los Angeles Public library fire, a disastrous blaze that destroyed four hundred thousand books and damaged almost twice as many more, and tells a riveting history of the library, its librarians and its loyal patrons. The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, April 21.