[NFBV-Potomac-Announce] 2018-2019 Book Club Selections

John Halverson jwh100 at outlook.com
Thu Aug 23 19:34:39 UTC 2018

Hello Colleagues,

Once again it is time to consider our choices for reading in our book club for 2018-2019.

As a start I have listed seven books from BARD.  I found questions for five of these selections.

Note that these are suggestions and my expectations are that only a few of these may be used.  I have named the individual who suggested the book and indicated if I found questions.  My question search was not exhaustive.

If you have suggestions for books, please send them to me by September 1.

Anyone interested should  join me by telephone at 7:00 pm on Tuesday September 4 to discuss our selections.

Thank you.


The devil in the white city: murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America DB55748
Larson, Erik. Reading time: 13 hours, 25 minutes.
Read by Bruce Huntey.

True Crime
U.S. History

The author of Isaac's Storm (RC 48811) traces the crimes of Dr. H.H. Holmes, a serial killer who preyed on young women during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair in the amazing landscape that architect Daniel H. Burnham created in a mere two years. Bestseller. 2003.
John questions

Dead wake: the last crossing of the Lusitania DB80936
Larson, Erik. Reading time: 13 hours, 6 minutes.
Read by Scott Brick.

War and the Military
World History and Affairs

In 1915 the Lusitania, a luxury ocean liner, left New York for Liverpool. The captain assumed that the Germans would follow gentlemanly strictures of warfare, keeping civilian ships safe from attack. Larson recounts what happened when Germany violated that code and that choice's wider repercussions. Violence. Commercial audiobook. 2015.

John questions

The Underground Railroad DB85212
Whitehead, Colson. Reading time: 10 hours, 45 minutes.
Read by Bahni Turpin.

Historical Fiction

Cora, a third-generation slave, flees the plantation where she lives. She escapes with a man who claims to know how to get to the Underground Railroad. Once there, she discovers it is an actual railroad, and every stop shows her moments of horror and joy. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2016.

John questions

Lyndon Johnson and the American dream DB09793
Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Reading time: 17 hours, 25 minutes.
Read by Helen Harrelson.

U.S. History

Penetrating biography of the late president, based on interviews taken during the last five years of his life. Highlights Johnson's thoughts and personal life and offers insights into the American political system. Some strong language.

Carl questions

The sun does shine: how I found life and freedom on death row DB90904
Hinton, Anthony Ray; Hardin, Lara Love; Stevenson, Bryan. Reading time: 9 hours, 13 minutes.
Read by Kevin R. Free.

True Crime

Alabama, 1985. After being wrongfully convicted of murder, the author spent his first three years on Holman State Prison's death row, full of despair and anger. But once Hinton accepted his fate, he spent the next twenty-seven years transforming his and his fellow inmates' spirits, until winning his release in 2015. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

Sandy questions

Savage shadows :: Eileen Ross's true story of blindness, rape and courage DB34377
Ross, Eileen, (Eileen Musumecci). Reading time: 8 hours, 30 minutes.
Read by Yvonne Fair Tessler.

True Crime

Ross, who is legally blind, was attacked in her home by a serial rapist-burglar. She describes the assault and her efforts to placate her attacker while secretly collecting identifying clues. After the ordeal, Ross faced a frustrating lack of cooperation from medical personnel and police, so she turned to the media for help. Strong language, violence, and explicit descriptions of sex.

Sandy not yet found questions

The blood of Emmett Till DB89710

Tyson, Timothy B. Reading time: 9 hours, 26 minutes.
 Read by Bob Moore.

True Crime

Southern history scholar revisits the 1955 lynching of fourteen-year-old African American Emmett Till, from Chicago. While visiting relatives in Mississippi, Emmett's interaction with a white female shopkeeper led to his kidnapping and violent murder. Also describes the trial, funeral, and the case's impact on the civil rights movement. Violence and some strong language. 2017.

Sandy not yet found questions
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