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Mar 08

[ARCHIVED] Quarterly Book Club BYOB Recommendations

The original item was published from March 8, 2023 2:54 PM to April 3, 2023 8:13 AM

Our virtual quarterly book club was today. There was a great range of titles discussed. Thank you everyone who joined in and shared your reads.

Recommended by Jane K., Silver Lake

DB 37058 Without Remorse by tom Clancy

John Kelly can't blame anyone when his pregnant wife is killed in a traffic accident by a runaway truck. But months later, when his new girlfriend is mowed down by her drug-dealing pimps, Kelly has a target for revenge. At the same time, he must don his "Clark" identity (from his Navy Seals days) and, once more, help his government out in Vietnam. Strong language, violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller.

DB 56873 The Teeth of the Tiger by tom Clancy

President Jack Ryan's son, Jack Jr., and Jack's cousins Dominic, an FBI agent, and Brian, a marine, join a secret vigilante group that fights terrorism by any means. Together they thwart Islamic and Columbian terrorists aiming to kill innocent Americans at home. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2003.

DB106491 How the Mountains Grew: A new geological history of North America by John Dvorak

Geologist and author of The Last Volcano (DB 84122) presents an overview of plate tectonics and the geological mechanics that led to the formation of mountain ranges in North America, which are not easily explained by plate tectonics. Topics include the Black Hills and a diamond mine in Arizona. 2021.

Recommended by and to Karen M., Shawnee

DB 29207 The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

When two Indian-born actors fall from an exploded hijacked airplane onto an English Channel beach, they must overcome violent personal conflicts in order to survive the catastrophe. Gibreel acquires a halo, but Saladin begins to take on the appearance of the devil, and from here on the story becomes a tale of good and evil.

DB 38536 A History of God: The 4,000-year quest for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by Karen Armstrong

The author, a former nun, teaches at the Leo Baeck College for the Study of Judaism and is an honorary member of the Association of Muslim Social Sciences. In her study of the three major monotheistic religions, Armstrong looks at the changing ways people have conceived of God from the time of Abraham to the 1990s. She also addresses mysticism and the notion of the death of God.

DB 51183 Islam: A short history by Karen Armstrong

Author of The Battle for God (DB 51131) among other works describes the origin and spread of the religion of Islam. Discusses Muhammad and his family, the Crusades, and the powerful Moghul and Ottoman Empires. Explores Islam's divergence into sects and the creation of a modern fundamentalist movement. 2000.

Recommended by Maggie Witte, Outreach Librarian, Kansas Talking Books

DB 89895 The city of brass by S.A. Chakraborty

In eighteenth-century Cairo, Nahri accidentally summons legendary djinn warrior Dara during a con job. Dara tells Nahri that she has the blood of a lost line of djinn healers and takes her to Daevabad, the City of Brass. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2017.

DB 98805 Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes

Captain Eva Innocente and the ragtag crew of her cargo ship undergo a series of dangerous missions in an attempt to pay the ransom on Eva's kidnapped sister. In the end, Eva must risk her crew, her ship, and the life she's built to save Mari. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

DB 49202 Nimisha's Ship by Anne McCaffrey

Vega III. As a young girl, Lady Nimisha exhibits such an aptitude for all things mechanical that her father plans to leave her his shipyard. When he is killed in a freak accident, Nimisha is prepared to take over, but her brother disapproves of their father's bequest.

DB 81746 The girl at midnight by Melissa Grey

Echo, a runaway pickpocket, is adopted and raised by the Avicen, a magical and feathered race. When she becomes involved in an ancient war and the search for a mythical Firebird, Echo discovers startling truths about the world she lives in. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2015.

Recommended by Kathy S., Manhattan

DB 76161 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Working-class English girl Louisa "Lou" Clark is hired as an aide to wealthy Will Traynor, a former mogul who has been paralyzed since a road accident. Lou tries to keep the embittered Will engaged with the world, while Will encourages Lou to expand her horizons. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2012.

DB 80661 After You by Jojo Moyes 

This sequel to Me before You (DB 76161) begins with Louisa Clark struggling to go on without Will Traynor. A terrible accident leads her to move back home to heal her body, but it takes more effort to heal her heart and allow her to love again. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

DB 90089 Still Me by Jojo Moyes

Louisa Clark left her boyfriend, Sam, back in England to spend a year in New York City. Her friend Nathan found her a job in the household of wealthy Leonard Gopnik, as companion to his young second wife. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

DB 96907 The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

1937. Alice Van Cleve is still trying to adjust to married life and living in Kentucky after being raised in England. When offered the chance to join a group of women to deliver Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library, she jumps at it. But they face dangers. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

DB 97008 The Last Letter from your Lover by Jojo Moyes

In 1960, Jennifer Stirling wakes in the hospital and remembers nothing--not even her own name. Searching for clues, she finds an impassioned letter, signed simply "B." Decades later, journalist Ellie Haworth stumbles upon the letter and becomes obsessed with learning the unknown lovers' fate. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2010.

DB 85769 The Book of Joy: Lasting happiness in a changing world by Desmond Tutu

On the occasion of his eightieth birthday, the Dalai Lama hosted his friend Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of South Africa, for a discussion on joy. Their five-day conversation is recounted by the moderator, Douglas Carlton Abrams. Subjects touched on include obstacles to joy, cultivating well-being, and more. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

Recommended by Betty D., Manhattan

DB 66474 Blue heaven by C.J. Box

The stories of three generations of women intertwine as they reveal the failures, successes, and humor of being in love. Mollie, eighty and developing Alzheimer's, and her daughter Gilliana, forty-seven, made unwise matrimonial decisions. Now Clare, seventeen, worries about making the same mistakes. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1996.

Recommended by Amanda D., Production Manager, Kansas Talking Books

DBC05236 Shades of Earl Gray by Laura Childs

Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is finally invited to a social event that she doesn't have to cater-but trouble is brewing at the engagement soiree of the season. Recipes included.

DB 45857 The subtle knife by Philip Pullman

Sequel to The Golden Compass (DB 44343). Lyra and her daemon are joined in Ci'gazze by twelve-year-old Will, who is searching for his long-lost explorer father. Will proves his mettle--losing two fingers in a fight--and now bears the magical Subtle Knife. Some violence. For junior and senior high readers. 1997.

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