[NFBV-Potomac-Announce] 2017-2018 Book Club Books

John Halverson jwh100 at outlook.com
Mon Nov 20 21:24:32 UTC 2017


We met in early September to develop this year's book list.  I unfortunately lost most of our results.

During last Tuesday's book club meeting we reconstructed our selections.  See below.

Let me know if you want changes or to lead the April or May discussion

Thank you.


1 Red notice: a true story of high finance, murder, and one man's fight for justice DB81510
Browder, Bill. Reading time: 14 hours, 0 minutes.
Read by Gary Tipton.

World History and Affairs

Investment fund manager Browder describes growing up in a family of dedicated communists (his grandfather was 1936 CPUSA presidential candidate Earl Browder), his early career in finance, investment work in Russia, the murder by police of his attorney, Sergei Magnitsky, after they challenged official corruption, and his quest for justice. 2015
the murder by police of his attorney, Sergei Magnitsky, after they challenged official corruption, and his quest for justice. 2015
Nancy October

2. Hillbilly Elegy
Patty November

3 Small great things DB85761
Picoult, Jodi. Reading time: 16 hours, 5 minutes.
Read by Audra McDonald; Cassandra Campbell; Ari Fliakos.

Legal Fiction

A white supremacist couple forbids Ruth Jefferson--an experienced labor and delivery nurse who happens to be an African American--from touching their newborn. The next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Her hesitation leads to a court case. Violence, strong language, and descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2016.
Both Annette and Sandy suggested this.

December 5

4 The Nest DB84406
Sweeney, Cynthia D'Aprix. Reading time: 9 hours, 32 minutes.
Read by Gabra Zackman.


Four adult siblings were all counting on getting their piece of a trust fund soon. Everything changes when reckless sibling Leo gets into an accident while drunk and high, injuring his nineteen-year-old passenger. Now their joint inheritance is in jeopardy. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2016.
January 2

5 Three cups of tea: one man's mission to fight terrorism and build nations-- one school at a time DB64285
Mortenson, Greg; Relin, David Oliver. Reading time: 16 hours, 52 minutes.
Read by Peter Ganim.


Award-winning journalist Relin describes the mission of American humanitarian Greg Mortenson, who established the Central Asia Institute and built schools throughout Taliban-ruled lands. Discusses his childhood in Tanzania and a failed 1993 attempt to climb K2, which resulted in a promise to the Pakistani villagers who saved his life. 2006.

February 6

6 A thousand splendid suns DB64803
Hosseini, Khaled. Reading time: 13 hours, 33 minutes.
Read by Yolande Bavan.

Human Relations

Afghanistan, 1970s-2000s. At age fifteen Mariam is married off to much-older, abusive shoemaker Rasheed. Rasheed takes a second wife, Laila, a student who lost her family and true love. The women bond as violence escalates at home and in wartorn Kabul. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2007.

March 6

7 A bag of marbles / DB08671
Joffo, Joseph. Reading time: 6 hours, 34 minutes.
Read by Fleetwood.


A tale of courage and survival during 1941. 10-year-old Jo Joffo and his 12-year-old brother, as Jews, were forced to flee Paris and hide in the French Alps. Today Mr. Joffo lives happily in Paris with his own family and operates fashionable hair salons.

April 3
Not yet assigned

8 The shoemaker's wife: a novel DB74522
Trigiani, Adriana. Reading time: 20 hours, 50 minutes.
Read by Laura Giannarelli.


Teenagers Ciro Lazzari and Enza Ravanelli meet in the Italian Alps when he digs the grave for her sister, but a scandal sends Ciro to America to work as a shoemaker's apprentice. Years later Enza, a celebrated seamstress in Manhattan, crosses Ciro's path again. Some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2012£atty
May 1
Not yet assigned

9 A Column of Fire (tentative) A new Kingsbridge series book by Follett will be released in November.  I hope by Spring it will be in BARD.

June 5

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