Great Falls (First Thursday Book Club)
The Great Falls Library hosts a book club for adults year round on the first Thursday of the month. If you are interested in joining, you should stop by the Great Falls Library’s circulation desk or call the Great Falls Library at 803-482-2149 for more information.
This book club meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at 4 p.m. in the Great Falls Library’s Meeting Room.
Founded: June 2014
At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.
The story is told by Cyril’s son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. It is this unshakable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.
Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Throughout their lives, they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested
The Lewisville Community Library hosts a book club for adults year round on the second Thursday of the month. If you are interested in joining, you should stop by the Lewisville Community Library’s circulation desk or call the Lewisville Community Library at 803-789-7800 for more information.
This book club meets on the 2th Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. in the Lewisville Community Library’s Meeting Room.
Founded: April 2019
|All children mythologize their birth…So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter’s collection of stories, which are as famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale as they are for the delight and enchantment of the twelve that do exist.|
The enigmatic Winter has spent six decades creating various outlandish life histories for herself — all of them inventions that have brought her fame and fortune but have kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she at last wants to tell the truth about her extraordinary life. She summons biographer Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth, hidden by those who loved her most, remains an ever-present pain. Struck by a curious parallel between Miss Winter’s story and her own, Margaret takes on the commission.
As Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good, Margaret is mesmerized. It is a tale of gothic strangeness featuring the Angelfield family, including the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire.
Margaret succumbs to the power of Vida’s storytelling but remains suspicious of the author’s sincerity. She demands the truth from Vida, and together they confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves.
The Thirteenth Tale is a love letter to reading, a book for the feral reader in all of us, a return to that rich vein of storytelling that our parents loved and that we loved as children. Diane Setterfield will keep you guessing, make you wonder, move you to tears and laughter and, in the end, deposit you breathless yet satisfied back upon the shore of your everyday life.
The Chester Main Library hosts a book club for adults year round (with a summer break June-August) on the third Tuesday of the month. If you are interested in joining, you should stop by the Chester Main Library’s circulation desk or call the Chester Main Library at 803-377-8145 for more information.
This book club meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 11:15 a.m. in the Main Library’s Meeting Room.
This club is currently meeting via e-mail.
Celebrate the season with this sparkling and heartwarming holiday romance that proves sometimes all you need is a little Christmas magic…
Angel’s View Ranch has always been special to Annelise McCade. Once upon a time, it was her family’s land, until her grandfather sold it to billionaire Wallace Sheridan. Now employed as the live-in caretaker, Annie is just trying to make it through the holidays with both her sanity and her niece’s and nephew’s faith in the magic of Christmas intact.
The six-year-old twins recently lost their mother, so Annie tells herself it wouldn’t be a problem to bring them to Angel’s View. Why should it be? The Sheridans haven’t visited in years, not since Wallace died. They would never know the twins were there…until Tate Sheridan shows up out of the blue two weeks before Christmas.
Crushed to learn that Tate is there to sell his grandfather’s property—and mortified that her secret guests have been discovered—Annie offers her resignation. But Tate asks them to stay and help him get the house ready for one last family Christmas before it’s put on the market.
Annie and Tate have three days to work their magic before the Sheridan clan arrives—and to work through the growing attraction between them. But Annie simply can’t fall for the man who will put her out of a job and a home. Still, the sparkle of the season is impossible to deny…and this Christmas has surprises in store for everyone.
Chester Teen (R4L – Reading for Life)
The Chester Main Library hosts a book club for teens in grades 6 to 8 during the school year on the third Thursday of the month. If you are interested in joining, you should stop by the Chester Main Library’s circulation desk or call the Chester Main Library at 803-377-8145 for more information.
This book club meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 4:30 p.m..
Founded: September 2020
Punching Bag is the compelling true story of a high school career defined by poverty and punctuated by outbreaks of domestic abuse. Rex Ogle, who brilliantly mapped his experience of hunger in Free Lunch, here describes his struggle to survive; reflects on his complex, often paradoxical relationship with his passionate, fierce mother; and charts the trajectory of his stepdad’s anger. Hovering over Rex’s story is the talismanic presence of his unborn baby sister.
Through it all, Rex threads moments of grace and humor that act as beacons of light in the darkness. Compulsively readable, beautifully crafted, and authentically told, Punching Bag is a remarkable memoir about one teenager’s cycle of violence, blame, and attempts to forgive his parents—and himself.
Lewisville Teen (R4F – Read 4 Fun)
The Lewisville Community Library hosts a book club for teens in grades 6 to 8 during the school year on the fourth Thursday of the month. If you are interested in joining, you should stop by the Lewisville Community Library’s circulation desk or call the Lewisville Community Library at 803-789-7800 for more information.
This book club meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m..
Founded: January 2022
It’s Christmas, and you know what that means! Santa Claus is coming to town! Or at least to the local mall. But what happens when kid rapper Cray-Z gives a Christmas concert at the same mall and all his fans go bananas? One thing’s for sure—if A.J. and his friends from Ella Mentry School want to save the day, they will need a Christmas miracle.