The Crossings Book Club — June Meeting

Our next meeting is Tuesday, June 13 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 Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart, a mystery novel based on the true story of one of America’s first female deputy sheriffs. This is the first book in a series based on Constance Kopp and her sisters.

July’s book is the Swedish bestselling novel A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman. Ove is a curmudgeon, who people call “the bitter neighbor from hell.” When a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox with their U-Haul truck, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unexpected friendship. (From the publisher’s blurb.) The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, July 18.

In August, we’ll be reading a nonfiction book, Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. In the 1920s, after oil was discovered beneath their land, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. When the Osage began to be murdered one by one, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection.  Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. (From the publisher’s blurb.) August’s meeting will be on Tuesday, August 15.

In September, we’ll be reading Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, a novel by Helen Simonson. When Major Pettigrew, a retired British army major in a small English village, embarks on an unexpected friendship with the widowed Mrs. Ali, who runs the local shop, they must struggle to understand what it means to belong and how far the obligations of family and tradition can be set aside for personal freedom. (From publisher’s blurb.) The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, September 19.

–LK

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