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Book Discussions, Book Talks, Author Visits

Novel Conversations (meets on the first Monday in the Lois Bell Room. When the first Monday falls on a holiday, the group meets on the second Monday.)

Monday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown

Owen "Wedge" Wedgewood serves as the personal chef to Lord Ramsey, owner of the Pendleton Trading Company...until 1819, when notorious pirate Mad Hannah Mabbot kills Ramsey and kidnaps Wedge. Why spare a cook's life? It turns out that fine dining experiences are few and far between on the high seas. Charged (on pain of death) with creating sumptuous spreads from such unpromising provisions as gruel, rat meat, and moldy potatoes, Cinnamon and Gunpowder also provides a fast-paced, swashbuckling sea story.

Monday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A middle-aged bookseller mourning his lost wife, a feisty publisher's rep, and a charmingly precocious abandoned child come together on a small island off the New England coast in this utterly delightful novel of love and second chances.

Monday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

#1 New York Times Bestseller, Hailed as the top nonfiction book of the year by Time magazine • Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography and the Indies Choice Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year award, and now a major motion picture. Read and discuss the true story of Louis Zamperini!

Monday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m.

The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger

“Amina of Dhaka, Bangladesh, meets George of Rochester, New York, on and comes to America to wed. She is smart and disciplined at 24. He is 10 years older, a well-employed loner set in his ways. Her English is excellent, though she claims to find sarcasm difficult to catch even as she slyly employs it. Freudenberger (Lucky Girls, 2003; The Dissident, 2006) greatly advances her standing as a writer skilled in understatement and deadpan wit as she continues her signature exploration of the dynamics between Americans and Southeast Asians in this exceptionally intimate, vivid, and suspenseful novel. Methodical and stoic Amina calculates to the day and dollar how long it will take her to become a citizen and save up enough money to bring her parents over, patiently dealing with prejudice, loneliness, and George’s limitations until she detects the corrosiveness of secrets and lies.”—Booklist (Starred Review)

Monday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m.

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

“Working as a typist for the NYC Police Department in 1923, Rose Baker documents confessions of harrowing crimes and struggles with changing gender roles while clinging to her Victorian ideals and searching for nurturing companionship before becoming obsessed with a glamorous newcomer and her world of bobbed hair, smoking and speakeasies.” -- Novelist

Monday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. (group does not meet on Labor Day)

The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber

“After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.”—

International Book-ings (meets on the second Wednesday)

This group is on hiatus until the fall.

Local Author Fair

Sat., May 30 from 12-3 p.m.

Local authors will display and read from their works. Author space is limited. Interested authors may call Linda Swisher, Public Information Coordinator, at (219) 931-5100, Ext. 310 or Elizabeth Samaniego, Senior Librarian, at Ext. 331. This is a benefit for the Hammond Public Library Foundation.

Hammond Public Library, 564 State Street, Hammond, Indiana 46320, (219) 931-5100