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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.

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April 1
The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy.  (1886). This short novel was the artistic culmination of a profound spiritual crisis in Tolstoy's life, a nine-year period following the publication of Anna Karenina during which he wrote not a word of fiction. A thoroughly absorbing and, at times, terrifying glimpse into the abyss of death, it is also a strong testament to the possibility of finding spiritual salvation. 128 pp
Abandoned Prayers: The Incredible True Story of Murder, Obsession and Amish Secrets (St. Martin's True Crime Library) by Greg Olsen. On Christmas Eve in 1985, a hunter found a young boy's body along an icy corn field in Nebraska. The residents of Chester, Nebraska buried him as "Little Boy Blue," unclaimed and unidentified-- until a phone call from Ohio two years later led authorities to Eli Stutzman, the boy's father.

May 6
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.

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