The Book Group at El Retiro Library
City of Torrance El Retiro Library 126 Vista del Parque Redondo Beach 90277 310 375-0922 M-Th 11:00-9:00; Sat 10:00-5:00
For a list of previous selections, click here.
El Retiro Book Group
Meets the first Tuesday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
California Fire and Life by Don Winslow
March 7, 2017
Jack Wade was the rising star of the Orange County Sheriff's Department s arson unit, but a minor scandal cost him everything, except his encyclopedic knowledge of fire. Now working as an insurance claims investigator, Jack is called in to examine a suspicious claim: within hours of a disastrous blaze tearing through a wing of real estate mogul Nicky Vale s house causing the horrific death of his young wife he filed a 3 million-dollar insurance claim. The tracks of the fire tell Jack that something's wrong, and as he follows the evidence the case grows to involve the Russian mob, Vietnamese gangs, real estate scams, counterfeiting and corporate corruption. Things get so hot and deadly that Jack might not make it out alive . . . that is until he decides to fight fire with fire.
Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
April 4, 2017
A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner
May 2, 2017
Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are just eight-years-old when they meet one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a veteran of hospitals, and she's intrigued by the boy who shows up alone with a broken arm. He tells her his name. She tells him a story. After Andy's taken back to a doctor and Rachel's sent back to her bed, they think they'll never see each other again. Yet, over the next three decades, Andy and Rachel will meet again and again linked by chance, history, and the memory of the first time they met, a night that changed both of their lives. A sweeping, warmhearted, and intimate tale, Who Do You Love is an extraordinary novel about the passage of time, the way people change and change each other, and how the measure of a life is who you love."
Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas
June 6, 2017
During World War II, a family finds life turned upside-down when the government opens a Japanese internment camp in their small town. Part thriller, part historical novel, this novel is a riveting exploration of the darkest--as well as the best--parts of the human heart.
Art and the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass
July 11, 2017
Kit Noonan is an unemployed art historian with twins to support, a mortgage to pay, and a frustrated wife. He has never known the identity of his biological father. Kit's search begins with his onetime stepfather, Jasper, a take-no-prisoners Vermont outdoorsman. His search immerses readers in a panorama that stretches from Vermont to the tip of Cape Cod. A novel about the youthful choices that steer our destinies, the necessity of forgiveness, and the risks we take when we face down the shadows of our past