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Book Club Selections
The Messenger Public Library has two monthly book clubs - the Messenger Library Book Discussion Group, which meets on a Wednesday evening, and the Morning Coffee Break with a Book, which meets on a Tuesday morning. Below are the selections for the group's July meeting. Come and join us!
The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10:30 AM
An eight-year-old boy is found dead in a playground . . . and his eleven-year-old neighbor is accused of the crime. Leading the defense is London solicitor Daniel Hunter, a champion of lost causes.
A damaged boy from a troubled home, Daniel's young client, Sebastian, reminds Daniel of his own turbulent childhood--and of Minnie, the devoted woman whose love saved him. But one terrible act of betrayal irrevocably shattered their bond.
As past and present collide, Daniel is faced with disturbing questions. Will his sympathy for Sebastian and his own memories blind him to the truth? What happened in the park--and who, ultimately, is to blame for a little boy's death? Rethinking everything he's ever believed, Daniel begins to understand what it means to be wrong . . . and to be the guilty one. (From publisher's description)
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini
Tuesday, September 3, 2014, 7:00 PM
In Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, novelist Jennifer Chiaverini presents a stunning account of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Keckley, a former slave who gained her professional reputation in Washington, D.C. by outfitting the city’s elite. Keckley made history by sewing for First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln within the White House, a trusted witness to many private moments between the President and his wife, two of the most compelling figures in American history. (From publisher's description)