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The Library Book Club

Welcome to The Library Book Club, Deschutes Public Library’s monthly book club. Discussion groups are held monthly throughout the county, and all are welcome to attend.

To see the schedules for individual branches, please click on the links below:

All five libraries will be reading the Novel Idea selection in April as part of the A Novel Idea programming.

The book list includes:

Cover Image My Abandonment : A Novel
Rock, Peter, 1967-
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.

A thirteen-year-old girl and her father live in Forest Park, the enormous nature preserve in Portland, Oregon. There they inhabit an eloborate cave shelter, bathe in a nearby creek, store perishables at the water's edge, use a makeshift septic system, tend a garden, even keep a library of sorts. Once a week they go to the city to buy groceries and otherwise merge with the civilized world. But one small mistake allows a backcountry jogger to discover them, which derails their entire existence, ultimately provoking a deeper flight. Inspired by a true story.

Cover Image Arcadia :
Groff, Lauren.
New York : Hyperion, c2012.

The lyrical and haunting story of a great American dream--the progress of a utopian community and its lasting impact on a gifted young man.

Cover Image The Paris Wife : A Novel
McLain, Paula.
New York : Ballantine Books, c2011.

Meeting through mutual friends in Chicago, Hadley is intrigued by brash "beautiful boy" Ernest Hemingway, and after a brief courtship and small wedding, they take off for Paris, where Hadley makes a convincing transformation from an overprotected child to a game and brave young woman who puts up with impoverished living conditions and shattering loneliness to prop up her husband's career.

Cover Image The Sense of an Ending
Barnes, Julian.
Toronto : Random House Canada, c2011.

This intense new novel follows a middle-aged man as he contends with a past he has never much thought about until his oldest friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave another maddeningly present. Tony Webster thought he'd left all of this behind as he built a life for himself, and by now his marriage and family and career have fallen into an amicable divorce and retirement. but he is then presented with a mysterious legacy that obliges him to reconsider various things, and to revise his estimation of his own nature and his place in the world.

Cover Image The Round House : A Novel
Erdrich, Louise.
New York, N.Y. : Harper, 2012.

When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.

Cover Image Elizabeth and Hazel : Two Women of Little Rock
Margolick, David.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2011.

"The names Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan Massery may not be well known, but the image of them from September 1957 surely is: a black high school girl, dressed in white, walking stoically in front of Little Rock Central High School, and a white girl standing directly behind her, face twisted in hate, screaming racial epithets. This famous photograph captures the full anguish of desegregation--in Little Rock and throughout the South--and an epic moment in the civil rights movement. David Margolick tells the remarkable story of two separate lives unexpectedly braided together"--From publisher description.

Cover Image Tell the Wolves I'm Home : A Novel
Brunt, Carol Rifka.
New York : Dial Press, c2012.

It is 1987, and only one person has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus-- her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn's company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June's world is turned upside down. But Finn's death brings a surprise acquaintance into June's life--someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

Cover Image Little Century : A Novel
Keesey, Anna, 1962-
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2012.

In the lawless frontier town of Century, Oregon, Esther Chamber is met by her distant cousin, a laconic cattle rancher named Ferris Pickett. But this town on the edge of civilization is in the midst of a very real range war, in a story of dispossession, greed, and ecstatic visions of America.

Cover Image The Shelter Cycle
Rock, Peter, 1967-

The story of two children, Francine and Colville, who grew up in the Church Universal and Triumphant, a religion that predicted the world could end in the late 1980s. When the prophesized apocalypse did not occur, the sect's members resurfaced and the children were forced to grow up in a world they believed might no longer exist. Twenty years later, Francine and Colville are reunited while searching for an abducted girl. Haunted by memories and inculcated beliefs, they must confront the Church's teachings. If all the things they were raised to believe were misguided, why then do they suddenly feel so true?

Cover Image In the Time of the Butterflies
Alvarez, Julia.
Chapel Hill, NC : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1994.

It is November 25, 1960, and three beautiful sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official state newspaper reports their deaths as accidental. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Rafael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorship. It doesn't have to. Everybody knows of Las Mariposas--"The Butterflies."

Cover Image The Dog Stars
Heller, Peter, 1959-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.

Surviving a pandemic disease that has killed everyone he knows, a pilot establishes a shelter in an abandoned airport hangar before hearing a random radio transmission that compels him to risk his life to seek out other survivors.

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