Lancaster Community Library (LCL) Brook Group
The LCL Book Group meets monthly at the Lancaster Community Library in Kilmarnock VA and consists of twenty-one members. The library is most supportive of the group and the library director, Lindsy Gardner, attends the meetings and guides the library in obtaining the titles that are chosen each year. The LCL Book Group’s title choices may often be subjects and authors that not only on occasion take members out of their comfort zones, but also lend themselves to interesting discussions and viewpoints. The LCL Book Group welcomes new members. Meetings are the third Monday of each month, in the library meeting room, 2:30 to 4:00 PM. There is also a group member’s blog with a link off the library “Reader’s Corner” webpage: www.lancasterlibrary.org/readers-corner.html
Growing Up – Russell Baker
Growing Up is a 1982 memoir by author and journalist Russell Baker that won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography in 1983. Describing what it was like to come of age in the 1930s and ‘40s, Baker recalls the tension and love of a family surviving disaster with strength, courage, and good cheer. Baker describes his childhood in rural Virginia, his youth growing up in the Great Depression, and his young adulthood in Baltimore with his mother. Russell’s reminiscences are centered on his relationship with his mother, a single parent through much of his youth, who eventually grows senile and is unable to tell him about her own life growing up.
Once Upon a Vine
The Once Upon a Vine book club is a group of friends who are also busy moms, but who also love wine. They meet once a month with the understanding that although not everyone may have had time to read the book selection, getting together for adult time is just as important!.
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
The Creekside Readers
The Creekside Readers is a Westmoreland County book club founded in 2007 by three friends. The club, whose motto is to provide entertainment, education, and group therapy through reading and discussion, has now grown to more than 20 active members. The Creekside Readers also donate new children’s books each Christmas to one of the Northern Neck charities serving the needs of local children.
The Arrivals – Meg Mitchell Moore
It’s early summer when Ginny and William’s peaceful life in Vermont comes to an abrupt halt.
First, their daughter Lillian arrives, with her two children in tow, to escape her crumbling marriage. Next, their son Stephen and his pregnant wife Jane show up for a weekend visit, which extends indefinitely when Jane ends up on bed rest. When their youngest daughter Rachel appears, fleeing her difficult life in New York, Ginny and William find themselves consumed again by the chaos of parenthood - only this time around, their children are facing adult problems.
By summer’s end, the family gains new ideas of loyalty and responsibility, exposing the challenges of surviving the modern family - and the old adage, once a parent, always a parent, has never rung so true.
Can’t Hurry Love – By Rena Roberts Shipp
The compelling story of three generations – mothers and daughters who struggle to find the healing and forgiveness needed to mend their broken family.
Carly and Lissa’s old-school grandmother becomes their mother when their divorced mother, Denice, leaves in a huff. Although Nanna is compassionate and supportive, she is too old-school for thirteen-year-old Carly and her twelve-year-old sister, Lissa. The girls’ need for independence doesn’t sit well with Nanna’s motives and methods. Conflict, concealment, and clashes result. Nanna, a woman of integrity, struggles to bend a little and to overlook a lot, while Carly and Lissa struggle to find their place in school and at home. Meanwhile, Denice has her own challenges – reversals that allow her to see what is important, and that lead her to try to mend her broken family. Carly becomes impatient to change the situation and to get her mother back. Acting boldly, her actions put her in unexpected danger, leading to the story’s suspenseful and dramatic climax.
About the author
Rena Roberts Shipp was born in North Carolina. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC, and her master’s degree in education from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. Now retired from a career in education – language arts teacher, high school counselor, and elementary school administrator, she has written three Young Adult books, I Did It Nanna’s Way, Carly Finds Out, and Can’t Hurry Love.