PCL Book Club 2023 Reading List

Reading List

PCL Book Club meets at 7pm on the third Tuesday of the month. All are welcome. Non-residents may participate with their own copy of the book.

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Be sure to RSVP on our events calendar.

*Reading list is subject to change.

January

As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner

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February

Magnolia Palace by  Fiona Davis

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March

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

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April

A Year To The Day by Robin Benway

May

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

June

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

July

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab 

August

The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid

September

The Splendid And The Vile by Erik Larson

October

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

November

Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

January

As Bright As Heaven

by Susan Meissner

“From the darkest hours rises life in all its glory…From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and A Bridge Across the Ocean comes a new novel set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which tells the story of a family reborn through loss and love. In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters–Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa–a chance at a better life. Their dreams are short-lived. Just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America. As the pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, they find their lives left with a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. But even asthey lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope. Amidst the tragedy and challenges that surround them, they learn what they cannot live without–and what they are willing to do about it. Under the Canopy of Heaven is the compelling story of a mother and her daughters who find themselves in a harsh world not of their making, which will either crush their resolve to survive or purify it”

February

Magnolia Palace

by Fiona Davis

Eight months since losing her mother, twenty-one-year-old Lillian Carter’s life has completely fallen apart. So when she stumbles upon an employment opportunity at the Frick mansion, a building that, ironically, bears her “own” visage, Lillian jumps at the chance. But the longer she works as a private secretary to the imperious and demanding Helen Frick, the daughter and heiress of industrialist and art patron Henry Clay Frick, the more deeply her life gets intertwined with that of the family, pulling her into a tangled web of romantic trysts, stolen jewels, and family drama that runs so deep, the stakes just may be life or death. Nearly fifty years later, mod English model Veronica Weber has her own chance to make her career-and with it, earn the money she needs to support her family back home, within the walls of the former Frick residence, now converted into one of New York City’s most impressive museums. But when she, along with a charming intern-budding art curator named Joshua, is dismissed from the Vogue shoot taking place at the Frick Collection, she chances upon a series of hidden messages in the museum: messages that will lead her and Joshua on a hunt that could not only solve Veronica’s financial woes but could finally reveal the truth behind a decades-old murder in the infamous Frick family.

March

The Things We Cannot Say

by Kelly Rimmer

Since she was nine years old, Alina Dziak knew she would marry her best friend, Tomasz. Now fifteen and engaged, Alina is unconcerned by reports of Nazi soldiers at the Polish border, believing her neighbors that they pose no real threat, and dreams instead of the day Tomasz returns from college in Warsaw so they can be married. But little by little, injustice by brutal injustice, the Nazi occupation takes hold, and Alina’s tiny rural village, its families, are divided by fear and hate. Then, as the fabric of their lives is slowly picked apart, Tomasz disappears. Where Alina used to measure time between visits from her beloved, now she measures the spaces between hope and despair, waiting for word from Tomasz and avoiding the attentions of the soldiers who patrol her parents’ farm. Slipping between Nazi-occupied Poland and the frenetic pace of modern life, Kelly Rimmer creates an emotional and finely wrought narrative that weaves together two women’s stories into a tapestry of perseverance, loyalty, love and honor.

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