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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

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.


Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Alice Howland -- Harvard professor, gifted researcher, lecturer, wife, and mother of three grown children -- sets out for a run and soon realizes she has no idea how to find her way home. Genova shows the disease progression through the reactions of others, as Alice does, so readers feel what she feels.

The Girls of Atomic City
by Denise Kiernan

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

This is the story of the young women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who unwittingly played a crucial role in one of the most significant moments in U.S. history.

Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

An elderly Russian woman  recalls vivid images of her youth during the height of the siege of Leningrad when, as a tour guide at the Hermitage, she and other staff members removed the museum's priceless artworks for safekeeping.

The Storied Life of A.J.Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


When his most prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, is stolen, bookstore owner A. J. Fikry begins isolating himself from his friends, family and associates before receiving a mysterious package that compels him to remake his life.

Things I Want My Daughters to Know by Elizabeth Nobel

Tuesday, August 2, 2016


Having received letters and a journal from their mother written at the end of her life, four sisters struggle through their first year without her, a time marked by their bereavement and efforts to achieve joy and passion

The Green Glass Sea
by Ellen Klages

Tuesday, September 6, 2016


It is 1943, and 11-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is traveling west on a train to live with her scientist father--but no one will tell her exactly where he is. When she reaches Los Alamos, New Mexico, she learns why: he's working on a top secret government program.

Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

A story about family ties and values, friendship and feminism told through the eyes of a young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century. Addie Baum is The Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for, and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughter.

The Girl You Left Behind
by Jojo Moyes

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Unwillingly rendered an object of obsession by the Kommandant occupying her small French town in World War I, Sophie risks everything to reunite with her husband a century before a widowed Liv, tests her resolve to claim ownership of Sophie's portrait.


All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with their respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast.

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