Book Club

Book Club @ Otterbein

Join us at 12:30 on Wednesday, March 18th, at Otterbein Cridersville to discuss America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie.  Members of the public are welcome.  Copies of the book can be picked up at the Cridersville Public Library or at the Activity Office at Otterbein Cridersville.



From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother s death, traveling with him when he becomes America s minister to France.

It is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of the French Revolution, that fifteen-year-old Patsy learns about her father s troubling liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Meanwhile, Patsy has fallen in love with her father s protege, William Short, a staunch abolitionist and ambitious diplomat. Torn between love, principles, and the bonds of family, Patsy questions if she can choose a life as William s wife and still be a devoted daughter.

Her choice will follow her in the years to come to Virginia farmland, to Monticello, and even to the White House. And as scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family, Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father s reputation, in the process defining not just Jefferson s political legacy but that of the nation he founded.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Book Club @ Otterbein

Join us at 12:30 on Wednesday, February 19th, at Otterbein Cridersville to discuss Warlight by Michael Ondaatje.  Members of the public are welcome.  Copies of the book can be picked up at the Cridersville Public Library or at the Activity Office at Otterbein Cridersville.



In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself--shadowed and luminous at once--we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, all of whom seem, in some way, determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings' mother returns after months of silence without their father, explaining nothing, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn't know and understand in that time, and it is this journey--through facts, recollection, and imagination--that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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Book Club @ Otterbein

Join us at 12:30 on Wednesday, January 15th, at Otterbein Cridersville to discuss The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George.  Members of the public are welcome.  Copies of the book can be picked up at the Cridersville Public Library or at the Activity Office at Otterbein Cridersville.


Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country's rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.

Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people's lives.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
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