May Book Group Discussion

Please join us Saturday, May 13 at 10:15 at the Richland Library as we discuss Kick Kennedy-The Charmed Life and Tragic Death of the Favorite Kennedy Daughter by Barbara Leaming. 
 
Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy was the incandescent life force of the fabled Kennedy family,  her father’s acknowledged “favorite of all the children” and her brother Jack’s “psychological twin.”
 

Bestselling and award-winning biographer Barbara Leaming draws on her unique access to firsthand accounts, extensive conversations with many of the key players, and previously unseen sources to transport us to another world, one of immense wealth, arcane rituals and rules, glamour and tragedy.  It was a world of dukes and duchesses, of grand houses, of country house weekends and of wild rich boys, but it was also a world of blood, war, and immeasurable loss. This is a coming-of-age story of the female star of the Kennedy family.

March 11 – WNBA Book Group Discussion

Please join us Saturday, March 11 at 10:15 at the Richland Library as we discuss A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold.

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.  In a matter of minutes, they would kill 12 students and a teacher, and wound 24 others before taking their own lives.  Written with unflinching honesty by Dylan Klebold’s mother, A Mother’s Reckoning is a powerful and haunting book that sheds light on one of the most pressing issues of our time. In the hope that the insights and understanding she has gained may help other families recognize when a child is in distress, she tells her story in full, drawing upon her personal journals, the videos and writings that Dylan left behind, and countless interviews with mental health experts.  This is a fascinating and in many ways, terrifying, book.

WNBA Book Group Discussion January 14

Please join us January 14, 2017 at 10:15 at the Richland Library for our first book group discussion of the new year. Carol Copple will lead the discussion about The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides.

The story concerns three college friends from Brown University beginning in their senior year, 1982, and follows them during their first year after graduation.  Madeleine Hanna, an English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.  Two very different men become involved with Madeleine,  and events force all three to reevaluate everything they have learned.  
 

November WNBA Book Group Discussion

myreading_coverStarting as a childhood passion that bloomed into a life long companion, reading has been author Pat Conroy‘s portal to the world.  His legion of fans will bond with him as he explores the role of books in providing him with inspiration and solace.  The product of a dysfunctional family and a violent father, Conroy has said that “books saved his sanity.”  Join us to discuss My Reading Life on Saturday, November 12, at 10:15 am at The Richland Library.

September 10 – Book Group Discussion

did-you-ever-have-a-family-9781476798189_lgThe first WNBA Book Group Discussion after the summer break will be Saturday, September 10, at the Richland Park Branch Library starting at 10:15. All discussions are free and open to the public.

The first book to be discussed is Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg.

In his masterly first novel, Bill Clegg introduces us to a character who experiences a tragedy. It is a quiet novel of grief and recovery. 

“A brilliantly constructed…novel set in the aftermath of catastrophic loss” (2015 Man Booker Prize Judges)

May WNBA Book Group Discussion

mrs-poe-9781476702926_lgJoin us on Saturday, May 21, at Richland Park Branch Library at 10 a.m. as we discuss Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen, with discussion leader, Mary Hildebrand.

The triumphant success of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” compels fledgling poet Frances Osgood to meet her literary idol, a mysterious, complicated man who soon has her under his seductive spell in an all-consuming affair.  And when Edgar’s frail young wife breaks into their idyll to befriend her rival, France’s fears that deceiving Mrs. Poe may be as impossible as cheating death itself.  

 

April WNBA Book Group Discussion

TheLadyinGoldJoin us on Saturday, April 23, at Richland Park Branch Library at 10 a.m. as we discuss The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, by Anne-Marie O’Connor.

Contributor to The Washington Post, Anne-Marie O’Conor tells the true story of Gustav Klimt’s 1907 masterpiece – the breath-taking portrait of a Viennese Jewish socialite, Adele Block-Bauer. The painting, stolen by the Nazis during World War II, subsequently became the subject of a decade-long dispute between her heirs and the Austrian government.  
 
When the U.S. Supreme Court became involved in the case, its decision had profound ramifications in the art world. Expertly researched, masterfully told, The Lady in Gold is a riveting tale of Nazi war crimes and a fascinating glimpse into the high-stakes workings of the contemporary art world.  

January Book Group Discussion

GreatKitchensJoin us on Saturday, January 16, at Richland Park Branch Library at 10:00 am. for our first book group discussion of 2016. The book to be discussed is Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal.

When J. Ryan Stradal was growing up in Hastings, Minnesota, the cuisine in his house wasn’t very challenging. In high school, he began to explore the ethnic restaurants of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Now he brings these memories to Kitchens of the Great Midwest. The novel centers around Eva, whose culinary explorations take her from a childhood of frozen fish sticks and canned peas to super stardom in the culinary world. Midwesterners never forget what things cost, and Kitchens of the Great Midwest is a terrific reminder of what can be wrested from suffering and struggle…not only success, but also irony, wisdom, and a decent meal.

Book Group Discussion – November 14

the-short-and-tragic-life-of-robert-peace-9781476731919_lgPlease join us for our next book group discussion on Saturday, November 14, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at the Richland Park Branch Library, 4711 Charlotte Avenue in Nashville. WNBA member Pat Miletich will lead the discussion on the book The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs.
 
Written by his college roommate, this is the story of Robert Peace, who was born into poverty in a rough neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey. His intellectual brilliance, and hard-won determination, earned him a full scholarship to Yale University. While majoring in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, he straddled the world of academia and the harsh world of the street. We witness the decisions he made for himself, and the ones that life forced upon him. Hobbs gave the eulogy at Peace’s funeral and named his first child after his friend. 
 
Booklist said:
Peace navigated the clashing cultures of urban poverty and Ivy League privilege, never quite finding a place where his particular brand of nerdiness and cool could coexist…Hobbs set out to offer a full picture of a very complicated individual. Writing with the intimacy of a close friend, Hobbs slowly reveals Peace as far more than a cliche of amazing potential squandered.

Book Group Discussion, September 12

circlingsun-200x300Please join us as our book group discussions resume on Saturday, September 12, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at the Richland Park Branch Library, 4711 Charlotte Avenue in Nashville. WNBA member Susan Lentz will lead the discussion on the book Circling the Sun by Paula McLain, a novel about famed aviator Beryl Markham.  Beryl was a free-spirited woman with strengths, passions, and complexities who broke all of the rules that governed the behavior of women in the 1920s and 30s.