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ADULT BOOK CLUB

 MARCH 16

Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1890) 

The story revolves around a portrait of Dorian Gray by Basil Hallward, an artist impressed and infatuated by Dorian's beauty.  Through Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, and he soon is enthralled by the aristocrat's hedonistic worldview:  that beauty and sensual fulfilment are the only things worth pursuing in life. 

APRIL 20

Mayflower:  A Story of Courage, Community and War by Nathaniel Philbrick (2006)

How did America begin?  That simple question launches acclaimed author Philbrick on an extraordinary journey to understand the truth behind our most sacred national myth:  the voyage of the Mayflower and the settlement of Plymouth Colony.  As Philbrick reveals in this electrifying history of the Pilgrims, the story of Plymouth Colony was a fifty-five year epic that began in peril and ended in war.  

MAY 18

Apples Never Fall by Lianne Moiarity (2021)

The Delaneys are fixtures in their community.  The parents, Stan and Joy, are killers on the tennis court, and off it their chemistry is palpable.  But after fifty years of marriage, they’ve finally sold their famed tennis academy and are ready to start the golden years of their lives.  The four Delaney children were tennis stars in their own right, yet none had what it took to go all the way.  But, now they’re all successful grown-ups, and there is the possibility of grandchildren on the horizon.  One night a stranger named Savannah knocks on Stan and Joy’s door, bleeding after a fight with her boyfriend.  Later, when Joy goes missing, and Savannah is nowhere to be found, the police question the one person who remains:  Stan.  But for someone who claims to be innocent, he seems to have a lot to hide.

JUNE 15

The Last Castle by Denise Kiernan (2017)

The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family. .  Orphaned at a young age, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York’s best known families.  She grew up in Newport and Paris, and her engagement and marriage to George Vanderbilt was one of the most watched events of Gilded Age society.  But none of this prepared her to be mistress of Biltmore House.

SEPTEMBER 21

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac (2005)

Throughout World War II, in the conflict fought against Japan, Navajo code talkers were a crucial part of the U.S. effort, sending messages back and forth in an unbreakable code that used their native language.  This riveting fictional tale IS of Ned Begay, a sixteen-year-old Navajo boy who becomes a code talker.  

OCTOBER 19

Building a Dream: The Sara Smith Story by Kathryn Watterson (1999)

Author Kathryn Watterson takes readers inside the Smiths' adventure of working and building with Frank Lloyd Wright to create their home in Bloomfield Hills, MI (1946) which is now part of the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research. Their story "is a fairy tale with blueprints, a unique blend of architecture and affection, of serendipity and staying the course." Publisher: Smith Publishing Group. Length: 250 pages. Beautifully illustrated with both black and white and color photographs.

NOVEMBER 16

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (1943)

A satirical work of Christian fiction in which, through a series of letters, a senior devil advises his nephew on methods for bringing man to a state of eternal damnation.  A classic masterpiece of religious satire that entertains readers with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below." 

DECEMBER 21

A Solitude of Wolverines by Alice Henderson (2020)

While studying wolverines on a wildlife sanctuary in Montana, biologist Alex Carter is run off the road and threatened by locals. Undeterred in her mission to help save this threatened species, Alex tracks wolverines on foot and by cameras positioned in remote regions of the preserve. When she reviews the photos, she discovers disturbing images of a severely injured man seemingly lost and wandering in the wilds. After searches for the unknown man come up empty, local law enforcement is strangely set on dismissing the case altogether. Then another invasive predator trespasses onto the preserve. The hunter turns out to be another human-