Books ‘n Bites

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Join us each month for a fun and lively virtual book club experience!

We meet on the second Wednesday of the month via Zoom, contact Lori Barnes at lbarnes@vailgov.com for an invitation to the monthly

Books ‘n’ Bites.


Titles for 2021

January  2021: “Lab Girl” By Hope Jahren

Join us! for this month’s Virtual Book Club via Zoom which will discuss this year’s NEA Big Read – One Book One Valley selected title “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren.
Jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. She tells about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and the disappointments, triumphs and exhilarating discoveries of scientific work. Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home.

February  2021: “Breaking wild” By Diane Les Becquets

It is the last weekend of the season for Amy Raye Latour to getaway. Driven to spend days alone in the wilderness, Amy Raye, mother of two, is compelled by the quiet and the rush of nature. But this time, her venture into a remote area presents a different set of dangers than Amy Raye has planned for and she finds herself on the verge of the precarious edge that she’s flirted with her entire life. When Amy Raye doesn’t return to camp, ranger Pru Hathaway and her dog respond to the missing person’s call. After an unexpected snowfall and few leads, the operation turns into a search and recovery. Pru, though, is not resigned to that. The more she learns about the woman for whom she is searching, and about Amy Raye’s past, the more she suspects that Amy Raye might yet be alive. Pru’s own search becomes an obsession for a woman whose life is just as mysterious as the clues she has left behind. As the novel follows Amy Raye and Pru in alternating threads, Breaking Wild assumes the white-knuckled pace of a thriller laying bare Amy Raye’s ultimate reckoning with the secrets of her life, and Pru’s dogged pursuit of the woman who, against all odds, she believes she can find.

March 2021: “The address: A novel” by Fiona Davis

After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thought she’d make of herself. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house The Dakota, leads to a job offer, her world is suddenly awash in possibility–no mean feat for a servant in 1884. In 1985, Bailey Camden is desperate for new opportunities. Two generations ago, Bailey’s grandfather was the ward of famed architect Theodore Camden. But the absence of a genetic connection means Bailey won’t see a dime of the Camden family’s substantial estate. Instead, her “cousin” Melinda–Camden’s biological great-granddaughter–will inherit almost everything. So when Melinda offers to let Bailey oversee the renovation of her lavish Dakota apartment, Bailey jumps at the chance, despite her dislike of Melinda’s vision. The renovation will take away all the character and history of the apartment Theodore Camden himself lived and died in, after suffering multiple stab wounds by a madwoman named Sara Smythe. One hundred years apart, Sara and Bailey are both tempted by and struggle against the golden excess of their respective ages–for Sara, the opulence of a world ruled by the Astors and Vanderbilts; for Bailey, the free-flowing drinks and cocaine in the nightclubs of New York City–and take refuge and solace in the Upper West Side’s gilded fortress. But a building with a history as rich–and often tragic–as The Dakota’s can’t hold its secrets forever, and what Bailey discovers in its basement could turn everything she thought she knew about Theodore Camden–and the woman who killed him–on its head.


Past Books Include:

  • January 2020: “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Tracy Chevalier
  • February 2020: “The Secret Life of Bees: A Novel” by Sue Monk Kidd
  • April 2020: “Flight of Dreams: A Novel” by Ariel Lawhon
  • May 2020:  “The Last Midwife: A Novel” by Sandra Dallas
  • June 2020: “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith
  • July 2020: ” The House at the Edge of Night” by Catherine Banner
  • August 2020: “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd
  • September 2020: “The Swans of Fifth Avenue” By Melanie Benjamin
  • October 2020: “Sin in the Secon City” By Karen Abbott
  • November  2020: “The Maltese Falcon” By Dashiell Hammett
  • December  2020: “Love and Ruin” by Paula McLain

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