Join us each month for a fun and lively book club experience!
If you like to exercise your physical as well as your literary muscles, the Walking Book Club explores the trails of Vail and the themes of the book of the month. When the snow starts to fall, the Walking Book Club transforms into the Ski and Read Club, with members meeting to discuss the book and then take to the slopes!
If you’d rather enjoy the beauty of nature through a window, and join in a discussion of the book of the month over light refreshments, please join us for Books ‘n’ Bites. Once a month this group meets in the Community Room to share conversation and sample foods inspired by the book of the month.
The book for March.. Underground Airlines By Ben Winters
Underground Airlines is a 2016 novel by Ben Winters which is set in a contemporary alternate-history United States where the American Civil War never occurred because Abraham Lincoln was assassinated prior to his 1861 inauguration and a version of the Crittenden Compromise was adopted instead. As a result, slavery has remained legal in the “Hard Four” (a group of southern states which have kept slavery): Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and a unified Carolina. The novel attracted praise for exploring racism through the alternate-history mechanism, but also engendered criticism for coverage that seemingly ignored similar contributions by Octavia Butler.
Chosen for 2018 One Book One Valley. Stop by Vail Public Library and join us for a series of events.
The book for February.. The Thirteen Tale By Diane Setterfield
Vida Winter, a famous novelist in England, has evaded journalists’ questions about her past, refusing to answer their inquiries and spinning elaborate tales that they later discover to be false. Her entire life is a secret: and, for over fifty years, reporters and biographers have tried innumerable methods in an attempt to extract the truth from Winter. With her health quickly fading, Winter enlists Margaret Lea, a bookish amateur biographer, to hear her story and write her biography. With her own family secrets, Lea finds the process of unraveling the past for Winter bringing her to confront her own ghosts.
The novel opens as Lea returns to her apartment above her father’s antiquarian bookshop and finds a hand-written letter from Winter. It requests her presence at the author’s residence and offers the chance to write Winter’s life story before she succumbs to a terminal illness. Lea is surprised by the proposal, as she is only vaguely aware of the famous author and has not read any of the dozens of novels penned by Winter.
While considering the offer, Lea’s curiosity prompts her to read her father’s rare copy of Winter’s Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation. She is unexpectedly spellbound by the stories and confused when she realises the book contains only twelve stories. Where is the thirteenth tale? Intrigued, Margaret agrees to meet with the ageing author—if only to discuss her reasons for not accepting the position as Winter’s biographer.
During their meeting at Winter’s home, Lea attempts to politely decline the offer and leave, but is stopped at the door by the pleas of the older woman. With promises of a ghost story involving twins, Winter desperately implores the bibliophile to reconsider. By the end of the encounter, Lea finds herself increasingly drawn to the story and proposes a conditional agreement to Winter; to earn the trust of her biographer, Vida Winter must supply her with three verifiable truths. Somewhat reluctantly, the three secrets are extracted from their keeper. Afterwards, Winter and Lea begin their adventure into the past with; “Once upon a time there were two little girls…”.
As Vida Winter tells her story to Lea, she shares dark family secrets which have long been kept hidden. She recalls her days at Angelfield (the estate that was her childhood home), which has since burned and been abandoned. Recording Winter’s account (the author allows no questions), Lea becomes completely immersed in the strange and troubling story. In the end, both women have to confront their pasts and the weight of family secrets, as well as the ghosts that haunt them both.
Past Books Include:
January 2018 : “No One is Coming to Save Us” by Stephanie Powell Watts
December 2017: “Holiday Cookie Exchange”; bring a favorite title to share with the group
November 2017: “Northanger Abbey” by Jane Austen
October 2017: “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn
September 2017: “The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende
August 2017: Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
July 2017: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
June 2017: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
May 2017: Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
April 2017: One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis
March 2017: The High Divide by Lin Enger
February 2017: The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason