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Join the AdamsCoLibrary’s Online Book Club in February to discuss House of Thieves by Charles Belfoure. Join Amy on Facebook for discussion questions, join us for live chats, send us your thoughts, and join us again in March for our next read.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Architect comes House of Thieves.
The Debt Must Be Repaid or Else
In 1886 New York, a respectable architect shouldn’t have any connection to the notorious gang of thieves and killers that rules the underbelly of the city. But when John Cross’s son racks up an unfathomable gambling debt to Kent’s Gents, Cross must pay it back himself. All he has to do is use his inside knowledge of high society mansions and museums to craft a robbery even the smartest detectives won’t solve. The take better include some cash, too the bigger the payout, the faster this will be over.
With a newfound talent for sniffing out vulnerable and lucrative targets, Cross becomes invaluable to the gang. But Cross’s entire life has become a balancing act, and it will only take one mistake for it all to come crashing down.
Join the Peebles Library Bibliophiles Book Club on the third Monday of each month. On February 20 at 4:00 p.m., we’ll discuss The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life by Anu Partanen. Pick up a copy of each month’s book at the library desk, and ask about large print or audio book copies. Even if you can’t join us for discussion, read along with our 2017 Reading List, and join the discussion online.
A Finnish journalist, now a naturalized American citizen, asks Americans to draw on elements of the Nordic way of life to nurture a fairer, happier, more secure, and less stressful society for themselves and their children.
Moving to America in 2008, Finnish journalist Anu Partanen quickly went from confident, successful professional to wary, self-doubting mess. She found that navigating the basics of everyday life from buying a cell phone and filing taxes to education and childcare was much more complicated and stressful than anything she encountered in her homeland. At first, she attributed her crippling anxiety to the difficulty of adapting to a freewheeling new culture. But as she got to know Americans better, she discovered they shared her deep apprehension. To understand why life is so different in the U.S. and Finland, Partanen began to look closely at both.
In The Nordic Theory of Everything, Partanen compares and contrasts life in the United States with life in the Nordic region, focusing on four key relationships parents and children, men and women, employees and employers, and government and citizens. She debunks criticism that Nordic countries are socialist nanny states, revealing instead that it is we Americans who are far more enmeshed in unhealthy dependencies than we realize. As Partanen explains step by step, the Nordic approach allows citizens to enjoy more individual freedom and independence than we do.
Join Julia for the North Adams Library Adult Book Club, which meets on the fourth Thursday of each month. On MArch 23 at 5:30 p.m. we’ll discuss A Catered St Patrick’s Day by Isis Crawford. Pick up a copy of each month’s book club read at the desk, and ask about hardback, large print, or audio book options. Join us each month for discussion, quizzes, prizes, and refreshments. Even if you can’t attend, you’re welcome to read along, and share your review online. Call Julia at 937-386-2556 for more information.
To most of the people of Longely, New York, St. Paddy’s Day means good food, great music, and plenty of Guinness. But when the lifeless body of Mike Sweeney floats to the top of a vat of green beer, it looks like the luck o’ the Irish has just run out. Unfortunately for the Simmons sisters, Bernie and Libby, the number one suspect is related to one of their very best catering customers, the pampered and powerful Bree Nottingham. When Bree visits A Little Taste of Heaven to beseech them to clear her nephew’s name, they just can’t say no.
But the more information Bernie and Libby stir up, the more Duncan Nottingham looks like a killer. For Bernie and Libby, the situation is deadly and in danger of boiling over. And they can’t count on good old Saint Pat to drive out the snake in their midst. . .they’ll have to do it themselves, before a murderer strikes again.
Catering sisters Bernie and Libby Simmons wade into a Celtic knot of malice and mayhem when a St. Patrick’s Day celebration goes terribly wrong, in this eighth installment of Crawford’s cozy series.
Join us each month for online discussion, share reviews and recommendations, live chat with authors, and share the joy of reading. Join moderator Amy Werring on our Facebook event page for discussion, and share your thoughts with other readers. Copies are available at the library desk, or download an eBook or audio book online. View the upcoming Reading List. Online Book Club is moderated by Amy at the West Union Library.
North Adams Library Book Club
Join the North Adams Library’s adult book club. We meet on the last Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the North Adams Library. Pick up a copy of each month’s book in advance at the library desk. Ask about large print or audio book copies. Browse the 2017 reading list below. Each month, we’ll discuss the book of the month, share thoughts, and moderator Julia will share quizzes, prizes, and snacks. For more information, call Julia at 937-386-2556.
Bibliophiles Peebles Library Book Club
Join the Peebles Library Book Club, “The Bibliophiles,” on the third Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m. at the Peebles Library. Each fall, we’ll vote on a reading list for the coming year. Everyone is welcome to join us! For more information, or to reserve a copy of next month’s title, call Nick Slone at 937-587-2085. Browse reviews and summaries, and find these titles in our Catalog. Pick up a copy of next month’s title at the Peebles Library.