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Book Club Selections for this month – February 2018
Main Selection | A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
Karen and Tom Krupp are a happily married couple with a lovely home in upstate New York—they’re practically newlyweds and have a comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen gone—leaving her purse, phone and ID behind. Tom is very worried. This is not like his wife. He starts calling all her friends. Then the police arrive and inform him that Karen has been in a car accident. Tom immediately goes to the hospital to see her. Karen has a concussion. But worst of all, she can’t remember anything. When Karen returns home from the hospital, she realizes something is not quite right. Someone has been in her house. And the police won’t stop asking her questions…
“Smart and suspenseful. . . you’ll never see the ending coming.” –PureWow
In this neighborhood, danger lies close to home. A domestic thriller packed full of secrets, and a twisty story that never stops—from the bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
He looks at her, concerned. “How do you feel?” She wants to say, Terrified. Instead, she says, with a faint smile, “Glad to be home.”
Karen and Tom Krupp are happy—they’ve got a lovely home in upstate New York, they’re practically newlyweds, and they have no kids to interrupt their comfortable life together. But one day, Tom returns home to find Karen has vanished—her car’s gone and it seems she left in a rush. She even left her purse—complete with phone and ID—behind.
There’s a knock on the door—the police are there to take Tom to the hospital where his wife has been admitted. She had a car accident, and lost control as she sped through the worst part of town.
The accident has left Karen with a concussion and a few scrapes. Still, she’s mostly okay—except that she can’t remember what she was doing or where she was when she crashed. The cops think her memory loss is highly convenient, and they suspect she was up to no good.
Karen returns home with Tom, determined to heal and move on with her life. Then she realizes something’s been moved. Something’s not quite right. Someone’s been in her house. And the police won’t stop asking questions.
Because in this house, everyone’s a stranger. Everyone has something they’d rather keep hidden. Something they might even kill to keep quiet.
Discussion Questions: A Stranger in the House
Greek Selection | Beautiful Animals by Lawrence Osborne
A 2017 psychological thriller, set on the Greek island of Hydra, by British writer Lawrence Osborne. Naomi and Samantha make a startling discovery: a man named Faoud, sleeping heavily, exposed to the elements, but still alive. Naomi, the daughter of a wealthy British art collector who has owned a villa in the exclusive hills for decades, convinces Sam, a younger American woman on vacation with her family, to help the stranger. As the two women learn more about the man, a migrant from Syria and a casualty of the crisis raging across the Aegean sea, their own burgeoning friendship intensifies, and when a simple plan of revenge goes horrifically wrong, Faoud must go on the run while the women come to terms with the terrible consequences.
FINANCIAL TIMES SUMMER PICK 2017
GUARDIAN BEST HOLIDAY READS 2017
On a hike during a white-hot summer break on the Greek island of Hydra, Naomi and Samantha make a startling discovery: a man named Faoud, sleeping heavily, exposed to the elements, but still alive. Naomi, the daughter of a wealthy British art collector who has owned a villa in the exclusive hills for decades, convinces Sam, a younger American girl on vacation with her family, to help this stranger. As the two women learn more about the man, a migrant from Syria and a casualty of the crisis raging across the Aegean Sea, their own burgeoning friendship intensifies. But when their seemingly simple plan to help Faoud unravels all must face the horrific consequences they have set in motion.
Discussion Questions: Beautiful Animals
Just for Fun Selection | Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Rachel Carson was a marine biologist and wrote the prize-winning book, The Sea Around Us (1951), which was 86 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. But she is best known for her 1961 book, Silent Spring, which directly led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. With the title inspired by a Keats poem, Silent Spring originated when dead birds began turning up in the garden of one of Carson’s friends after rampant spraying of the pesticide DDT. A landmark in the environmental movement, Carson’s book demonstrated the harmful environmental effects of pesticides including DDT, leading to its ban. Silent Spring has been called one of the 25 greatest science books of all time.
Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was first published in three serialized excerpts in the New Yorker in June of 1962. The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our air, land, and water. Carson’s passionate concern for the future of our planet reverberated powerfully throughout the world, and her eloquent book was instrumental in launching the environmental movement. It is without question one of the landmark books of the twentieth century.
Children’s Selection | I Am Jack by Anna Myatt
Kids really like dogs and so every child will enjoy Jack’s story. This heartwarming new book is all about a pet dog’s love for his family. A beautiful story you will want to read to your little one over and over again. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of I am Jack will be donated to the Daughters of Penelope Foundation.
A Humble Gift by Danielle Lazarakis
A heartwarming tale of two friends celebrating what makes them unique as they explore the beautiful world around them.
About the Author
Danielle Lazarakis is a Greek-American author and illustrator of Children’s Books and Adult Contemporary Fiction. She was born in the San Francisco Bay Area during a time when smart phones didn’t exist, and you had to use the encyclopedia to find out the answers to the fifty-thousand questions that pop into your mind on a daily basis. Despite these struggles, she had an amazing childhood with an amazingly whimsical single mother, who always encouraged imagination and creativity in her two children. Danielle is also an actress, small business owner, and professional living-room fort builder.
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