Evening Book Discussion Club

At the Lavonia-Carnegie Library

The Scent of Rain and Lightning

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Monday, April 28, 2014

The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard: One beautiful summer afternoon, Jody Linder receives shocking news: The man convicted of murdering her father is being released from prison and returning to the small town of Rose, Kansas. It has been twenty-three years since that stormy night when her father was shot and killed and her mother disappeared, presumed dead. Neither the protective embrace of Jody’s three uncles nor the safe haven of her grandparents' ranch could erase the pain caused by Billy Crosby on that catastrophic night.

Now Billy Crosby is free, thanks to the efforts of his son, Collin, a lawyer who has spent most of his life trying to prove his father’s innocence. Despite their long history of carefully avoiding each other in such an insular community, Jody and Collin find that they share an exclusive sense of loss.

As Jody revisits old wounds, startling truths emerge about her family’s tragic past. But even through struggle and hardship, she still dares to hope for a better future—and maybe even love. - Publisher

Jane Eyre

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Monday, March 24,2014

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre is the story of a small, plain-faced, intelligent, and passionate English orphan. Jane is abused by her aunt and cousin and then attends a harsh charity school. Through it all she remains strong and determinedly refuses to allow a cruel world to crush her independence or her strength of will. A masterful story of a woman's quest for freedom and love. Jane Eyre is partly autobiographical, and Charlotte Brontë filled it with social criticism and sinister Gothic elements. A must read for anyone wishing to celebrate the indomitable strength of will or encourage it in their growing children. - Publisher

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

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Monday, February 24,2014

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan: Edward Curtis was dashing, charismatic, a passionate mountaineer, a famous photographer--the Annie Liebowitz of his time. And he was thirty-two years old in 1900 when he gave it all up to pursue his great idea: He would try to capture on film the Native American nation before it disappeared. At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, Egan's book tells the remarkable untold story behind Curtis's iconic photographs, following him throughout Indian country from desert to rainforest as he struggled to document the stories and rituals of more than eighty tribes. Even with the backing of Theodore Roosevelt and J.P. Morgan, it took tremendous perseverance--six years alone to convince the Hopi to allow him into their Snake Dance ceremony. The undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. He would die penniless and unknown in Hollywood just a few years after publishing the last of his twenty volumes. But the charming rogue with the grade-school education had fulfilled his promise--his great adventure succeeded in creating one of America's most stunning cultural achievements. - Publisher

The Right Triangle

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Monday, January 27, 6:00 p.m.

The Right Triangle by Martha Anne Hudson: Beth had it all: a husband, a home, a good job, two children, and great friends. Then a letter came - and she went 33 years back in time. It brought people back into her life that she thought were gone forever. This is a true love story with so many different kinds and so many different levels of love. The extent to which a south Georgia family would go to protect their daughter and the future they have planned for her, adoptions, and reunions are the basis of the story. Come along on a 35 year journey of love, loss, and hope in settings that take you to the historic Georgia towns of Savannah, Waycross, and Tybee Island, then to the Florida towns of St. Andrews, Old Homosassa, Weeki Wachee, and Tarpon Springs. Greenville and Charleston, South Carolina are stops along the way in the story, and pausing for now in a small South Carolina railroad town. You will not be able to put this book down. - Publisher

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