Literary Circle

Interested in Joining?

Mary Louise Selzer
904- 363-1618, MLSelzer@comcast.net

We meet every Third Monday of every month at a members home. After our discussion we enjoy lunch that is prepared by our hostess.

 We welcome new members! Please contact Mary Louise Selzer if you are interested in joining!

 

 

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    White Houses by Amy Bloom

    On Monday, Nov 19th at 10:00 the Book Club will meet at the home of Chris Middlebrook to discuss White Houses by Amy Bloom.

    Summary:

    Lorena Hickok meets Eleanor Roosevelt in 1932 while reporting on Franklin Roosevelt's first presidential campaign. Having grown up worse than poor in So. Dakota and reinvented herself as the most prominent woman reporter in America, "Hicks," as she was known to her friends and admirers, is not quite instantly charmed y the idealistic, patrician Eleanor. But then, as her connection with the future first lady deepens into intimacy, what begins as a powerful passion, matures into a life and a lasting love Hick never expected to have. She moves into the White House, where her status as "first friend" is an open secret, as are FDR's own lovers. After she takes a job in the Roosevelt administration, promoting and protecting both Roosevelts, she comes to know Franklin not only as a great president but as a complicated rival and an irresistible friend, capable of changing lives even after his death. Through it all, even as Hicks's bond with Eleanor is tested by forces both extraordinary and common, and as she grows as a woman and a writer, she never loses sight of the love of her life.

    Deercreek bookclub meets the first Monday of every month in the homes of participants, a light snack is served. If you are interested in more information, contact Mary Louise Selzer at MLSelzer@comcast.net or 904-613-6147.

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    Little Fires Everywhere

    On Monday October 15th at 10:00 AM, the Book Club will meet at the home of Elizabeth Curtin to discuss Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

    Summary:

    Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

    In Shaker heights, a placid progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned-from the layout of the roads to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives the residents lead. No one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren, an artist and single mother who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl and rents a house from the Richardson's. The Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo.

    When family friends of the Richardson's attempt to adopt a Chinese American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past, but her obsession will come at an unexpected and devastating cost.

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