Linda Kompanik Book Club

The Linda Kompanik Book Club meets on the last Monday of each month in the meeting room of the Russellville Library.  Join us for enjoyable and comprehensive group discussions of fiction, non-fiction, and classical titles. For more information, call (270) 726-6129 or email Shelly Turner at

March 2016

High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly  by Donald Spoto

Drawing on his unprecedented access to Grace Kelly, bestselling biographer Spoto at last offers an intimate, honest, and authoritative portrait of one of Hollywood’s legendary actresses.

Where: Logan County Public Library
When: Monday, March 28 at 10:30 AM

April 2016

The GuardianThe Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

Julie Barenson’s young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died-a Great Dane puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now, four years have passed. Still living in the small town of Swansboro, North Carolina, twenty-nine-year-old Julie is emotionally ready to make a commitment to someone again. But who? Should it be Richard Franklin, the handsome, sophisticated engineer who treats her like a queen? Or Mike Harris, the down-to-earth nice guy who was her husband’s best friend? Choosing one of them should bring her more happiness than she’s had in years. Instead, Julie is soon fighting for her life in a nightmare spawned by a chilling deception and jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire…

Where: Logan County Public Library
When: Monday, April 25 at 10:30 AM

May 2016

Killer SmileKiller Smile by Lisa Scottoline

Lawyer Mary DiNunzio’s new case is a mystery the strange suicide of an Italian fisherman interned during a dark, unspoken chapter in American history. Armed only with the puzzle pieces of a lock of hair, an old photograph, and a paper covered with indecipherable doodles, Mary digs deep into the case and suspects betrayal and murder.

Where: Logan County Public Library
When: Monday, May 30 at 10:30 AM

June 2016

StayStay by Allie Larkin

Savannah “Van” Leone has been in love with Peter Clarke since their first day of college. Six years later, Peter is marrying Van’s best friend, Janie. Loyal to a fault, Van dons her pumpkin-orange, maid-of- honor gown and stands up for the couple, struggling to hide her true feelings even when she couldn’t be more conspicuous. After the wedding, nursing her broken heart with a Rin Tin Tin marathon plus a vodka chaser, Van accidentally orders a German Shepherd puppy over the Internet. When “Joe” turns out to be a hundred-pound beast who only responds to commands in Slovak, Van is at the end of her rope-until she realizes that sometimes life needs to get more complicated before it can get better.

Where: Logan County Public Library
When: Monday, June 27 at 10:30 AM

July 2016

The Murder at the VicarageThe Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe, declared the parson, brandishing a carving knife above a joint of roast beef, would be doing the world at large a favor

It was a careless remark for a man of the cloth. And one which was to come back and haunt the clergyman just a few hours later when the Colonel is found shot dead in the clergyman’s study. But as Miss Marple soon discovers, the whole village seems to have had a motive to kill Colonel Protheroe.”

Where: Logan County Public Library
When: Monday, July 25 at 10:30 AM

August 2016

FrankensteinFrankenstein by Mary Shelley

Mary Shelly’s Gothic romance, “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus”, is often considered to be one of the earliest examples of the science fiction novel. Shelly had traveled throughout Europe and, when visiting in Germany, she became fascinated with the local story of an alchemist who had lived two centuries before in Frankenstein Castle. Her curiosity led her to dream about a scientist who experimented in creating life, which eventually led her to write the novel that would establish her fame.

Where: Logan County Public Library
When: Monday, August 29 at 10:30 AM

September 2016

The ShackThe Shack by William Paul Young

Mackenzie Allen Phillips’s youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in this midst of his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever.

Where: Logan County Public Library
When: Monday, September 26 at 10:30 AM

October 2016

Backseat SaintsBackseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson

Rose Mae Lolley’s mother disappeared when she was eight, leaving Rose with a heap of old novels and a taste for dangerous men. Now, as demure Mrs. Ro Grandee, she’s living the very life her mother abandoned. She’s all but forgotten the girl she used to be-teenaged spitfire, Alabama heartbreaker, and a crack shot with a pistol-until an airport gypsy warns Rose it’s time to find her way back to that brave, tough girl . . . or else. Armed with only her wit, her pawpy’s ancient .45, and her dog Fat Gretel, Rose Mae hightails it out of Texas, running from a man who will never let her go, on a mission to find the mother who did.

Where: Logan County Public Library
When: Monday, October 31 at 10:30 AM

November 2016

The Maltese FalconThe Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett’s coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a novel that has haunted three generations of readers.

Where: Logan County Public Library
When: Monday, November 28 at 10:30 AM

December 2016

The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life as she sees it is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Where: Logan County Public Library
When: Monday, December 26 at 10:30 AM