Second Thursday Book Club
Daly City Public Library
Serramonte Community Room
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The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Kino is a poor diver providing his wife and their infant son with meager subsistence, until a pearl as large as a gull's egg comes out of the sea to change their lives.
The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O'Melveny
A woman practicing medicine in 16th century Venice faces a crisis when her father disappears: she is no longer permitted to treat her patients without his support. She sets out across Europe to find him, following clues from his letters, in a journey filled with medical lore and vivid details of Renaissance life.
My Antonia by Willa Cather
This classic novel explores pioneer life in the American midwest: the prairie's beautiful yet terrifying landscape, and the rich ethnic mix of immigrants and native-born Americans who chose to restart their lives there.
America's annexation of the sovereign Hawaiian Islands begins via the birth and life of Lili'uokalani, the woman who would be forced into being the final queen of Hawaii.
One man, Dr. W. C. Minor, submitted more than ten thousand words to the newly-created O.E.D., until organizers were shocked to discover his residency: Minor lived as an inmate at an asylum for the insane.
Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
An obsessive historian's quest for the remains of the founder of Quebec ends in murder. Although he is supposed to be on leave, Chief Inspector Gamache cannot walk away from a crime that threatens to ignite smoldering tensions between English and French.
A bigography of the young Theodore Roosevelt introduces a little boy, seriously handicapped by recurrent and nearly fatal attacks of asthma, and his struggle to manhood.
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
Japanese mail order brides in the early 1900s find their hopeful new lives in America marked by difficult migrant labor, cultural struggles with neighbors and children, and the prospect of wartime internment.
The Irish Americans: A History by Jay P. Dolan
A colorful, comprehensive history spanning from the 1700s when a decline in the linen trade sparked a rush to America, through the potato famine, the victory of JFK, and on to triumphs and rogues of today.
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
A Japanese-American fisherman stands trial in the shadow of World War II, charged with coldblooded murder. A journalist covering the trial struggles as he finds himself once again close to the wife of the accused man, a girl he knew before the war, in this lyrical, haunting novel.
Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
In the aftermath of a series of personal tragedies, when a new friendship slowly blossoms into love, Zoe makes plans for a new life - only to find that people she cares for most may not want that to happen.
Home by Toni Morrison
Frank Money returns from the horrors of the Korean War to a poor and racist America: his only connection to home is his troubled younger sister, Cee, who he doesn't know where to find.