Library Book Club – November 2

The Library Book Club meets on the first Saturday of the month, starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Library Meeting Room.

November 2019 — The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. Presented by Julie Baird.

In this gripping novel, a dark secret threatens to expose the best and worst in everyone tied to the estate at a thriving plantation in Virginia in the decades before the Civil War. Orphaned during her passage from Ireland, young, white Lavinia arrives on the steps of the kitchen house and is placed, as an indentured servant, under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate slave daughter. Lavinia learns to cook, clean, and serve food, while guided by the quiet strength and love of her new family. In time, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, caring for the master’s opium-addicted wife and befriending his dangerous yet protective son. She attempts to straddle the worlds of the kitchen and big house, but her skin color will forever set her apart from Belle and the other slaves. Through the unique eyes of Lavinia and Belle, Grissom’s debut novel unfolds in a heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful story of class, race, dignity, deep-buried secrets, and familial bonds.  –

Upcoming Selections:

December 2019: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, discussion led by Jerry Harvey

January 2020: A River Runs Through It by Norman MacLean, discussion led by Tim Garvey

February 2020: Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink, discussion led by Ruth Sendecki

March 2020: The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, discussion led by Caroline Evans

April 2020: The Library Book by Susan Orlean, discussion led by Meg Nagel

May 2020: The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough, discussion led by Mabel Risch

June 2020: Birding Without Borders by Noah Strycker, discussion led by Carol Cox

July 2020: The Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, discussion led by Brenda Joyce Coda

August 2020: Planning Meeting for 2020-2021 Book Club

September 2020: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, discussion led by Anita Brown & Sally Thoreson

October 2020: How to Hide an Empire by Daniel Immerwahr, discussion led by Tiffany McNeil


For more information about the Book Club, call Tiffany McNeil at 970/964-2573.