The Plattsmouth Book Club loves books, and we invite you to join us in savoring them.
We meet the first Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. at the Plattsmouth Public Library, Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you've read the current selection or not.
Come join us!
Marmee & Louisa: The Untold Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Mother by Eve LaPlante (2012). LaPlante, a descendant of the family, paints an exquisitely moving and utterly convincing portrait of Abigail, the mother, decades ahead of her time, and the fiercely independent daughter whose life was deeply entwined with her mother’s dreams of freedom. ‘Marmee,’ as her daughters called her, was a fine writer, an indefatigable reformer, a devoted teacher — and, above all, Louisa’s literary lodestar. 384 pp OR The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell (1857). Gaskell's biography of her close friend was published to immediate popular acclaim, and remains the most significant study of the enigmatic author who gave Jane Eyre the subtitle An Autobiography. It recounts Brontë's life from her isolated childhood, through her years as a writer who had 'foreseen the single life' for herself, to her marriage at thirty-eight and death less than a year later. 494 pp or any biography of Charlotte or her family.
Silent Creed by Alex Kava (Omaha author). Ryder Creed and his K9 search-and-rescue dogs return in the second installment of an exciting new series, teaming up once more with FBI profiler Maggie O’Dell in their riskiest case yet. OR Evil Harvest: The True Story of Cult Murder in the American Heartland by Rod Colvin. On a peaceful August morning in 1985, grim-faced FBI agents led a dawn raid on an eighty-acre farm outside Rulo, Nebraska, said to be occupied by a group of religious survivalists led by the charismatic Mike Ryan. What they found on the farm shocked even experienced investigators.
Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I by Peter Ackroyd (2013). One of Britain's most acclaimed writers, Ackroyd brings the age of the Tudors to vivid life. In the beginning of the sixteenth century, England was still largely feudal and looked to Rome for direction; at its end, it was a country where good governance was the duty of the state, not the church, and men and women began to look to themselves for answers rather than to their rulers. 528pp
Plainsong by Kent Haruf (attended & taught NE Wesleyan). A heart-strong story of family and romance, tribulation and tenacity, set on the High Plains east of Denver.
Please check our revised listing of upcoming selections for future reads. Don't forget to send your suggestions to the webmaster to add to our list.
Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I by Peter Ackroyd /
Plainsong by Kent Haruf
The Story of America: Essays on Origins by Jill Lepore /
Nebraska Folklore by Louise Pound
A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen by Liel Leibovitz /
Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo OR Cather Novels & Stories 1905-1918: The Troll Garden, O Pioneers! The Song of the Lark, and My Antonia by Willa Cather