College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe’s life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran–and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home, after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder. As Joe writes about Carl’s life, especially Carl’s valor in Vietnam, he cannot reconcile the heroism of the soldier with the despicable acts of the convict. Joe, along with his skeptical female neighbor, throws himself into uncovering the truth, but he is hamstrung in his efforts by having to deal with his dangerously dysfunctional mother, the guilt of leaving his autistic brother vulnerable, and a haunting childhood memory. Thread by thread, Joe unravels the tapestry of Carl’s conviction. But as he and Lila dig deeper into the circumstances of the crime, the stakes grow higher. Will Joe discover the truth…
Join us June 19th at 6pm Meg’s on Perryville to discuss “The Best Medicine” by Tracy Brogan. Come
Join us the 3rd Thursday of each month (May 15) at Megs on Perryville at 6 pm As we discuss this months book, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Come enjoy your favorite Megs treat while we sit back and discuss
We meet the third Thursday of each month (April 17) at 6pm at Meg’s on Perryville Join us as we discuss Aprils book club selection, “The Maids Versions” by Daniel Woodrell
We meet the 3rd Thursday of the month at Megs on Perryville at 6:00pm Future books include March 20th….The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty April 17th….The Maids Versions by Daniel Woodrell May15th….The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd Come and enjoy your favorite Megs treat and join in the discussion.
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle–and people in general–has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence–creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.
November 21. 6:00 pm at Perryville location. “Mirrored World” by Debra Dean The critically acclaimed author of The Madonnas of Leningrad (“Elegant and poetic, the rare kind of book that you want to keep but you have to share” —Isabel Allende), Debra Dean returns with The Mirrored World, a breathtaking novel of love and madness set in 18th century Russia. Transporting readers to St. Petersburg during the reign of Catherine the Great, Dean brilliantly reconstructs and reimagines the life of St. Xenia, one of Russia’s most revered and mysterious holy figures, in a richly told and thought-provoking work of historical fiction that recounts the unlikely transformation of a young girl, a child of privilege, into a saint beloved by the poor.
August 15. 6pm at Meg’s on Perryville The debut of a stunning new voice in fiction— a novel both heartbreaking and transcendent After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom, whose records as a lighthouse keeper are meticulous and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel has taken the tiny baby to her breast. Against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them. M. L. Stedman’s mesmerizing, beautifully…
The author will be joining us as we discuss her book! Sept. 19 at 6 pm at Meg’s on Perryville After six long years, Brianna Chapman is finally able to cope with witnessing the murder of her parents. Then, dead animals start showing up on her doorstep, her tires are slashed and her yard is scorched by an unexplained fire. But Brianna refuses to reopen her parent’s six-year-old arson-murder cold case, along with all the old wounds. Nathan Reed sees the incidents differently and quietly begins an investigation of his own. As Nathan’s and Brianna’s lives and passions intertwine, Nathan discovers a painful truth. Brianna’s parents weren’t the arsonist’s target. Brianna was. A special treat this evening is that the author of the book, R.T. Wolfe will be joining us for discussion and will sign books!
July 18th Perryville Meg’s. 3885 N. Perryville rd 6:00pm Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand. Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.
Meg’s Book Club Meets June 12th at 6 pm at the Perryville location (3885 N. Perryville) Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.
Meg’s Book Club Meets May 17th at 6 pm at the Perryville location (3885 N. Perryville) Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwarz A gripping book set in the winter of 1919, a young mother drowns beneath the ice in rural Wisconsin. This event changes the life of her daughter, sister and husband–told by several of the main charachters and skipping back and forth in time, it reveals dark family secrets–keeps the reader engrossed.
Meg’s Book Club Meets April 19th at 6 pm at the Perryville location (3885 N. Perryville) Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese An unforgetable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles and two brothers whose fates are enterwinded
Meg’s Book Club Meets March 15th at 6 pm at the Perryville location (3885 N. Perryville) The Paris’ Wife by Paul McLain A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, the Paris’ Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people; Earnest Hemingway and his wife Hadley
Meg’s Book club Meets Feb 16th at 6pm at the Perryville location (3885 N. Perryville) The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes About a middle aged man who must contend with a past he had forgotten until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance, one of them from the grave, another present