Linda Kompanik Book Club Reads

The Logan County Public Library Book Club has changed their name to the Linda Kompanik Book Club.  They meet 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 shellyf@loganlibrary.org.

August 2014

EmmaEmma by Austen, Jane

Sparkling comedy of provincial manners concerns a well-intentioned young heiress and her matchmaking schemes that result in comic confusion for the inhabitants of a 19th-century English village. Droll characterizations of the well-intentioned heroine, her hypochondriacal father, plus many other finely drawn personalities makes this sparkling satire of provincial life one of Jane Austen’s finest novels.

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

September 2014

Shanghai GirlsShanghai Girls by See, Lisa

May and Pearl, two sisters living in Shanghai in the mid-1930s, are beautiful, sophisticated, and well-educated, but their family is on the verge of bankruptcy. Hoping to improve their social standing, May and Pearl’s parents arrange for their daughters to marry “Gold Mountain men” who have come from Los Angeles to find brides.  But when the sisters leave China and arrive at Angel’s Island (the Ellis Island of the West)–where they are detained, interrogated, and humiliated for months–they feel the harsh reality of leaving home. And when May discovers she’s pregnant the situation becomes even more desperate. The sisters make a pact that no one can ever know.

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

October 2014

Peony in LovePeony in Love by See, Lisa

As Peony, the 15-year-old daughter of the wealthy Chen family, approaches an arranged marriage, she commits an unthinkable breach of etiquette when she accidentally comes upon a man who has entered the family garden. Unusually for a girl of her time, Peony has been educated and revels in studying The Peony Pavilion, a real opera published in 1598, as the repercussions of the meeting unfold. The novel’s plot mirrors that of the opera, and eternal themes abound: an intelligent girl chafing against the restrictions of expected behavior; fiction’s educative powers; the rocky path of love between lovers and in families.

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

November 2014

TallgrassTallgrass by Dallas, Sandra

During Word War II, a family finds life turned upside down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small Colorado town. After a young girl is murdered, all eyes (and suspicions) turn to the newcomers, the interlopers, the strangers.
This is her town as Rennie Stroud has never seen it before. She has just turned thirteen and, until this time, life has pretty much been what her father told her it should be: predictable and fair. But now the winds of change are coming and, with them, a shift in her perspective. And Rennie will discover secrets that can destroy even the most sacred things.

Where: Logan County Public Library
When: Monday, November 24 at 10:30 AM

December 2014

Sound of Sleigh BellsThe Sound of Sleigh Bells by Woodsmall, Cindy

Beth Hertzler works alongside her beloved Aunt Lizzy in their dry goods store, and serving as contact of sorts between Amish craftsmen and Englischers who want to sell the Plain people’s wares. But remorse and loneliness still echo in her heart everyday as she still wears the dark garb, indicating mourning of her fiancé. When she discovers a large, intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow, something deep inside Beth’s soul responds and she wants to help the unknown artist find homes for his work–including Lizzy’s dry goods store. But she doesn’t know if her bishop will approve of the gorgeous carving or deem it idolatry.
Lizzy sees the changes in her niece when Beth shows her the woodworking, and after Lizzy hunts down Jonah, the artist, she is all the more determined that Beth meets this man with the hands that create healing art. But it’s not that simple–will Lizzy’s elaborate plan to reintroduce her niece to love work? Will Jonah be able to offer Beth the sleigh ride she’s always dreamed of and a second chance at real love–or just more heartbreak?

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