Plano Public Library has several regularly meeting book clubs, from mysteries to cookbooks. Currently, all book clubs are meeting virtually. See the library website for an up-to-date calendar and registration links.
Readers are invited to join us for any book club meeting. Registration is required for our virtual meetings, but reading the book selection for the month isn’t! Below are our selections for March 2021:
March 9, Second Tuesday Book Club at 7 p.m.
Join a live discussion of March’s read: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. Cyril’s son Danny and his older sister Maeve are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another.
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March 11, Chinese Book Talk at 7 p.m. | 中文书谈论会
Read and discuss great Chinese books you’ve read. 分享一本您读过的中文好书。
March 16, Cook the Book at 1 p.m.
Choose your favorite recipe for the monthly topic, prepare the dish, and participate in a robust discussion on cooking while staying in. March’s theme is Dinner Party Delights.
March 18, Mystery Book Club at 7 p.m.
Join a live discussion of March’s read: Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney.
Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. Though she can hear everyone around her, no one knows because she’s in a coma. But she doesn’t remember what happened. And she has a sneaking suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, the narratives build and collide for an ending that leaves readers speechless. This novel delves into the blurred gap between who we are and who we’d like to be.
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March 23, Reel Reading at 7 p.m.
This teen-specific book, film, and TV club is for those who enjoy a good binge fest. Join a live discussion of all things binge-worthy in Non-fiction.
March 25 Brown Bag Book Club at 12 p.m.
Join a live discussion of March’s read: News of the World: A Novel by Paulette Jiles.
In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust. In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence. In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows. Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land. Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember–strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become–in the eyes of the law–a kidnapper himself.
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