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Book Club

March 21, Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan

An Amazon Best Book of October 2017: With Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan—who dazzled readers with her Pulitzer Prize-winning, A Visit from the Goon Squad—spins a classic historical novel. Classic in the sense that it’s virtually impossible to put down. Classic in its sepia toned portrait of New York: set on the Brooklyn docks during World War II, when mobsters ruled, the war loomed, and a young girl dove her way into becoming the first female diver on the squad. Classic in its quintessentially satisfying characters: crooked gangsters, disappearing fathers, gritty sailors and an intrepid young woman equally at home in a 200 pound diving suit and a green silk dress who unites them all. Classic in its revelation of the dangerous, altruistic and nefarious choices people make to support their family, their country and themselves. Manhattan Beach is classic in all of its American glory. —Al Woodworth

Book Club April 18, 2019, Homer and the Holiday Miracle, A true story, Gwen Cooper

Reader's review: "Absolutely loved the short story! Gwen Cooper is my favorite cat author and she personally responds to her readers and does so much charity work to help cats. This story tells of her last days with Homer the blind wonder cat. A very heartwarming tale and comical excerpts of a tiny blind cat who stole everyones' hearts. I believe everyone who has ever had a cat can relate to the emotions you feel reading these experiences."