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2016-2017 Book Club Reads.
Books we have read include:
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Face on the Milk Carton
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban
Pregnant Pause by Han Nolan
A heartstrong story of family and romance, tribulation and tenacity,
set on the High Plains east of Denver. In the small town of Holt, Colorado,
a high school teacher is confronted with raising his two boys alone after
their mother retreats first to the bedroom, then altogether.
A teenage girl — her father long since disappeared, her mother
unwilling to have her in the house — is pregnant, alone herself, with
nowhere to go. And out in the country, two brothers, elderly bachelors,
work the family homestead, the only world they’ve ever known.
From these unsettled lives emerges a vision of life, and of the town and
landscape that bind them together. Kent Haruf displays an emotional and
aesthetic authority to rival the past masters of a classic American tradition.
Utterly true to the rhythms and patterns of life, Plainsong is a novel to care
about, believe in, and learn from. (from Follett/Alfred Knopf publisher)
Kindred by Octavia Butler Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana’s life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.(less)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don’t live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.(less)
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Trapped by Michael Northrop The day the blizzard started, no one knew that it was going to keep snowing for a week. That for those in its path, it would become not just a matter of keeping warm, but of staying alive. . . .Scotty and his friends Pete and Jason are among the last seven kids at their high school waiting to get picked up that day, and they soon realize that no one is coming for them. Still, it doesn’t seem so bad to spend the night at school, especially when distractingly hot Krista and Julie are sleeping just down the hall. But then the power goes out, then the heat. The pipes freeze, and the roof shudders. As the days add up, the snow piles higher, and the empty halls grow colder and darker, the mounting pressure forces a devastating decision. . . .(less)