Join the popular Coffee Talk Book discussion at the Wood County District Public Library to talk about new and upcoming bestsellers.
Coffee Talk is a hybrid event, hosted in the A&B Boardroom at the Wood County District Public Library and online through Zoom. The January reading group will meet online only through Zoom. Registration is compulsory. To register, call 419-352-5050, email [email protected], or register online at wcdpl.org.
January 20 – “Music of the bees” by Eileen Garvin
Forty-four-year-old Alice Holtzman is stuck in a dead end job, with no family, and now in shock at the unexpected death of her husband. Even the beloved bees that she raises in her spare time don’t help her feel any better these days.
In the throes of a panic attack, she nearly collided with Jake – a troubled paraplegic teenager with Hood River County’s largest mohawk – while carrying 120,000 bees in the back of his van. Charmed by Jake’s genuine interest in his bees and seeking to save him from his toxic family life, Alice surprises herself by inviting Jake to his farm.
And then there’s Harry, a 24-year-old with debilitating social anxiety who is desperate for work. When he applies to Alice’s advertisement for a part-time farm helper, he is shocked to find himself hired. As an unexpected friendship blossoms between Alice, Jake and Harry, an infamous pesticide company moves to town, threatening the local bee population and highlighting deep-rooted corruption in the community. The unlikely trio must unite for the sake of the bees – and in the process, they may well forge a new future for themselves.
February 17 – “Raft of Stars” by Andrew J. Graff
It’s the summer of 1994 in Claypot, Wisconsin, and the life of 10-year-old Fischer “Fish” Branson and Dale “Bread” Breadwin is shaped by the two fathers they don’t talk about.
One night, tired of seeing his best friend bruised and terrorized by his bad father, Fish takes action. A gunshot rings out and the two boys run away, believing themselves to be murderers. They make their way to the woods, where they find their way on a raft, but the natural terrors of Ironsforge Gorge threaten to overwhelm them.
Four adults follow them into the forest, each on their own journey. The adults follow the boys to the romance’s throaty climax and conclusion that beautifully highlights the grace these characters find in the wilderness and each other.
March 17 – “All the kids are home” by Patry Frances
When Dahlia decided to become a foster mother, she put a few caveats: no screaming newborns, no delinquents and especially no girls. A heartbreaking incident years before had left her virtually trapped in her own home, still wary of the grief and limitation of a girl’s life.
Eleven years after starting foster care, Dahlia and Louie consider their family complete, but when the social worker begs them to take a young girl who has been horribly abused and neglected, they can’t tell. no.
Six-year-old Agnes Juniper arrives unconscious of her Native American heritage or herself beyond a box of trinkets her mother gave her and dreamlike memories of her sister. As the years go by and outside forces threaten to tear them apart, children, now young adults, must find the courage and resilience to save themselves and each other.
April 21 – “We are not like them” by Christine Pride
Jen and Riley have been best friends since kindergarten. As adults, they remain as close as sisters, although their lives have taken different directions. But the deep bond they share is strained when Jen’s husband, a city police officer, is involved in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Six months pregnant, Jen is in free fall as her future, her husband’s freedom and her friendship with Riley are in limbo. In covering this career story, Riley grapples with the implications of this tragic incident for her black community, her ambitions, and her relationship with her lifelong friend.