Join us for the January Books at the Bar Book Club Discussion. This months book is “Northern Spy” by Flynn Berry.
A producer at the BBC and mother to a new baby, Tessa is at work in Belfast one day when the news of another raid comes on the air. The IRA may have gone underground in the two decades since the Good Friday Agreement, but they never really went away, and lately bomb threats, security checkpoints, and helicopters floating ominously over the city have become features of everyday life. As the news reporter requests the public’s help in locating those responsible for the robbery, security footage reveals Tessa’s sister, Marian, pulling a black ski mask over her face.
The police believe Marian has joined the IRA, but Tessa is convinced she must have been abducted or coerced; the sisters have always opposed the violence enacted in the name of uniting Ireland. And besides, Marian is vacationing on the north coast. Tessa just spoke to her yesterday.
When the truth about Marian comes to light, Tessa is faced with impossible choices that will test the limits of her ideals, the bonds of her family, her notions of right and wrong, and her identity as a sister and a mother.
Walking an increasingly perilous road, she wants nothing more than to protect the one person she loves more fiercely than her sister: her infant son, Finn.
Riveting, atmospheric, and exquisitely written, Northern Spy is at once a heart-punding story of the contemporary IRA and a moving portrait of sister- and motherhood, and of life in a deeply divided society.
Join us for the next Books at the Bar Book, Tuesday, November 29th at 6:00 p.m at Hopkinsville Brewing Company.
This is the second novel for Arundhati Roy and it explores how happiness is perceived differently by different people. It is an aching love story and a decisive remonstration, a story told in a whisper, in a shout, through unsentimental tears and sometimes with a bitter laugh. Each of its characters is indelibly, tenderly rendered. Its heroes are people who have been broken by the world they live in and then rescued, patched together by acts of love—and by hope.
The books are available for check out at the library or through the Libby App.
Join us for the September Books At The Bar Book Club at Hopkinsville Brewing Company. This months book is GOOD HUSBANDS by Cate Ray.
Three wives, one letter, and an explosive secret that will change everything.
This is a He said, she said. Jessica, Stephanie and Priyanka are complete strangers, but they have one thing in common: they’ve each received a letter accusing their husbands of committing a sexual assault more than two decades prior. Is the accusation true or is there more to the story? It was a secret that remained buried for years.
With their worlds suddenly turned upside down, they don’t know who to trust—a complete stranger or the men they love and built their lives with. The three women come together to embark on a hunt for the truth, but they are hardly prepared for what they will discover. Who is the victim, and will justice ultimately be served?
Books may be picked up at the HCCPL Library Circulation Desk!
Join HCCPL for the August Books At The Bar! We will have read and will be discussing, The Dark Side of Hopkinsville by Ted Poston.
Born and reared in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, Ted Poston (1906-1974) became the first black career-long reporter for a major metropolitan daily (the New York Post) and served as a member of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Negro Cabinet” in Washington in 1940. After thirty-five years at the Post, Poston was without question the “Dean of Black Journalists.”
Acquainted with the major figures of the Harlem Renaissance, Poston regaled his associates with tales of his childhood. These memories resulted in the stories collected in The Dark Side of Hopkinsville. Told from the vantage point of “Ted,” a bright, high-spirited student at Booker T. Washington Colored Grammar School, the stories focus on a coterie of imaginative children, their entertainments and games, ties to the church, and relations with immediate and extended families.
Joining the discussion is Jennifer Brown, co-founder, publisher and editor of the Hoptown Chronicle. Jennifer spent 30 years as a reporter and editor at the Kentucky New Era and has much historical information to share.
The book may be checked out at the library!
Join the Books-At-The-Bar Book club as we delve into The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams.
This book begins in 1901, as the first Oxford English Dictionary is being created and where Esme is born into a world of words. She is motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the ‘Scriptorium’, a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford
English Dictionary. Esme’s place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard.
Esme’s journey begins when a slip of paper containing the word ‘bondmaid’ flutters to the floor, she rescues it and stashes it in her friends wooden box. Esme begins to collect other words from the Scriptorium that are misplaced, discarded or have been neglected by the dictionary men. These words help her make sense of the world.
Esme soon realizes that some words are considered more important than others, and that words and meanings relating to women’s experiences often go unrecorded. While she dedicates her life to the Oxford English Dictionary, secretly, she begins to collect words for another dictionary: The Dictionary of Lost Words.
There are many details that are unpacked in this book over the course of 80 years. It begins when the women’s suffrage movement was at its height and the Great War loomed, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men.
This months book club book is by Christian County native, Kathy Des Jardins.
“Mama Tried”, begins in a small town, much like Hopkinsville and follows Disc jockey Joy Faye Savoy, in her exploits of making good natured digs at her bossy mother, when suddenly she finds her radio show syndicated for all the world to hear.
The books are available from the HCCPL circulation desk. The book club will meet on Tuesday, June 28th at 6:00 p.m. at the Hopkinsville Brewing Company.
Join us for our May Books at the Bar Book, “Wild Ride: The Rise The Rise and Tragic Fall of Calumet Farm, Inc., America’s Premier Racing Dynasty” by Ann Hagedorn Auerbach.
This book begins in the vast farmlands of the Bluegrass, with an investigation of the fast-track, multibillion-dollar thoroughbred industry and of the fall of Calumet – the inside story of a financial debacle that reached farther than anyone could have imagined.
This family saga, an expose, and a mystery, it is also a portrait of an industry that succumbed to the temptations of the speculative era known as the Bluegrass Bubble. When the bubble exploded, an American institution lay in ruins.
Join us for the April Books at the Bar book club. This months book is “The Stranger in the Woods”
Could you disappear and live as a hermit in the woods? Many people dream of escaping modern life, but most will never act on it. This is the remarkable true story of a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, making this dream a reality; not out of anger at the world, but simply because he preferred to live on his own. Christopher Knight disappears and would not have a conversation with another human being until nearly three decades later, when he was arrested for stealing food.
Pick up your copy at the HCCPL Circulation Desk or check out the Overdrive/Libby App to read electronically.