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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

El Retiro Book Group

Meets the first Tuesday of the month at 10:30 am.


Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Close to aging out of the foster care system, Molly Ayer takes a position helping an elderly woman and discovers that they are more alike than different as she helps solve a mystery.


And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
A story that explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another: and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.


The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
In California's central valley, five women and one man join to discuss Jane Austen's nov- els. Over the six months they get together, marriages are tested, affairs begin, unsuitable arrangements become suitable, and love happens.


Boys in the Boat: 9 Americans and their epic quest for gold at the1936  Berlin Olympics by Daniel Brown
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that de- feated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics.


All-girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
A fun-loving mystery about an Alabama woman today, and five women who worked in a Phillips 66 gas station in 1943, during the WWII years.


Invention of Wings  by Sue Monk Kidd.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
The story follows a Charleston slave and the daughter of a wealthy family over 35 years.


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Blind Marie-Laure flees Paris with her father during WWII; they end up in Brittany's Saint- Malo. Meanwhile, orphaned German boy Werner proves to be a whiz with radios, which leads him to military school and, eventually, to tracking the Resistance. Soon he's in Saint- Malo, too.


The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Six individuals pursue respective challenges into their midlife years, including an aspiring actress who harbors jealousy toward friends who achieve successful creative careers.


An Echo Through the Snow by Andrea Thalasinos
Tuesday Oct. 6, 2015
Rescuing a neglected Siberian husky with whom she forges a deep and loving bond, Rosalie finds herself immersed in rural Wisconsin's competitive dogsled racing circles, where she learns the sport's tragic ties to the deaths and losses of Siberia's husky-loving Chukchi culture.


Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Tuesday Nov. 3, 2015
A story set in 19th century China and centered on the lifelong friendship between two girls who develop their own secret code (on fans) as a way to contend with the rigid cultural norms imposed on women.


Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
Tuesday Dec. 1, 2015
Having achieved early success, Rebecca, now 60, finds herself on fame and fortune's flip side. She has been forced to give up her perfect Manhattan apartment for a paltry upstate cabin with marauding raccoons, stray dogs, and trigger-happy hunters. She still has her camera, and soon finds inspiration for new work in unexpected places.

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El Retiro Library

126 Vista del Parque, Redondo Beach