Meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 11:00 am at the Walteria Library
All discussions are free and no registration is required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Torrance Library
The Nile by Toby Wilkinson April 12, 2017
A hypnotic journey in the company of one of the world's most acclaimed Egyptologists over the fabled river telling how the Nile continually brought life to an ancient civilization now dead and how it sustained its successors, now in tumult.
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan May 10, 2017
In the aftermath of Ireland's financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town. As violence flares, the characters face a battle between public persona and inner desires. Through a chorus of unique voices, each struggling to tell their own kind of truth, a single authentic tale unfolds.
Tout Sweet: Hanging Up My High Heels for a New Life in France by Karen Wheeler June 14, 2017
In her mid-thirties Karen has it all: a good career, a handsome boyfriend, a lovely flat and an array of gorgeous shoes. But when her 'plus one' leaves, she wonders if there is more to life. So, she hangs up her Manolos and waves goodbye to the city, deciding to go it alone in a run-down house in rural Poitou-Charentes, western France.
Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance July 12, 2017
Shares the story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author--a Yale Law School graduate--while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.
Thousand Days in Tuscany by Marlena De Blasi August 9, 2017
A Thousand Days in Tuscany is set in one of the most beautiful places on earth-and tucked into its fragrant corners are luscious recipes (including one for the only true bruschetta) directly from the author's private collection.
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson September 13, 2017
Bill Bryson lives to tell the story of his exploits in Australia, where A-bombs go off unnoticed, prime ministers disappear into the surf, and cheery citizens coexist with the world's deadliest creatures. That's just the beginning, as Bryson treks through sunbaked deserts and up endless coastlines, crisscrossing the "under-discovered" Down Under in search of all things interesting.
Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd October 11, 2017
The story follows Hetty Handful Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family, through thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer November 8, 2017
London, 1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of Guernsey during the German occupation, and about a society as extraordinary as its name.