Adult Book Discussion Group

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Book Discussion Group
Read the book first and come discuss it as a group!
Book discussion groups are held on Saturdays once
a month at 10:30 a.m.  To reserve your copy of the book 
call (954) 757-4207 or for more information, email Rhonda Weiss.

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel: A Novel of War and Survival by Louise Murphy

Saturday, November 5th, 10:30 a.m.

In the last months of the Nazi occupation of Poland, two children are left by their father and stepmother to find safety in a dense forest. Because their real names will reveal their Jewishness, they are renamed "Hansel" and "Gretel." They wander in the woods until they are taken in by Magda, an eccentric and stubborn old woman called "witch" by the villagers. Magda is determined to save them, even as a German officer arrives with his own plans for the children. Combining classic themes of fairy tales and war literature, Louise Murphy’s haunting novel of journey and survival, of redemption and memory, powerfully depicts how war is experienced by families and especially by children.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

Saturday, December 10th, 10:30 a.m. 

This charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove focuses on Elsa, who is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy – as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best and only friend. When her grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, the instructions lead Elsa to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

Saturday, January 7th, 10:30 a.m.

This love story and multigenerational epic stretches from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during World War II. Sent from Poland in 1939 to live in safety with her aunt and uncle in San Francisco, Alma Belasco encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom until the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family – like thousands of other Japanese Americans – are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Decades later, as Alma is nearing the end of her long and eventful life, those around her become intrigued by a series of mysterious gifts and letters sent to Alma, eventually learning about Ichimei and this extraordinary secret passion that has endured for nearly seventy years.

Online Book Discussion Groups
  • Book Talk - A book discussion group that is useful for writers and includes links to major publishers and book distributors
  • Dear Reader - A book club subscriber list service
  • Overbooked - A comprehensive directory of websites which review books for just about every genre imaginable
  • Simon Says - A useful website for people who lead book discussions that includes recommendations, author interviews, reading group guides, and a calendar for planning your discussion