2015 Book Club Selections

01 Defending Jacob
Defending Jacob by William Landay

Assistant District Andy Barber is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: Jacob is charged with the murder of a fellow teenager. Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, Andy will face a trial of his own.

Mrs. Poe
Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen

Frances Osgood is a writer struggling to publish her work in 19th-century New York when she meets poet Edgar Allan Poe at a literary salon. A secret romance develops, but not without escaping the notice of Poe’s wife, Virginia. Mrs. Poe’s initially friendly overtures to her rival become increasingly threatening, and what follows is a tale worthy of Poe himself.
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
MARCH 2015
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A.J. Fikry, the cantankerous owner of Island Books, is despondent after losing his wife and witnessing the ever-declining number of sales at his small, quirky bookstore. In short order, he loses all patience with the new Knightly Press sales rep, his prized rare edition of Tamerlane is stolen, and someone leaves a baby at his store. That baby immediately steals A. J.’s heart and unleashes a dramatic transformation. 
Killing Lincoln
APRIL 2015
Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly

April 14 is the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, and that single gunshot continues to echo through American history. Television anchor O’Reilly brings to life the fascinating characters and dramatic events surrounding the assassination and the massive manhunt for the murderers that followed. 
What Alice Forgot
MAY 2015
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Alice Love is 29, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine her surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital, where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over—she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time.
Walk in the Woods
JUNE 2015
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson 
Returning to the U.S. after 20 years in England, Bryson decides to reconnect with his mother country by hiking the length of the 2100-mile Appalachian Trail. As a traveling companion he chooses an old friend: the ill-prepared and worse-mannered Stephen Katz. The unlikely duo’s journey is replete with pratfalls and insights, guffaws and wonder.
07 Ordinary Grace
JULY 2015
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Thirteen-year-old Frank Drum begins the summer of 1961 with the usual concerns of a teenage boy: baseball, comic books, and ice-cold root beers. But when tragedy strikes his family, Frank finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, and he is suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.
08 Shades of Grey
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

Welcome to Chromatacia, where the societal hierarchy is strictly regulated by one's perception of color. And Eddie Russet wants to move up. But his plans to leverage his better-than-average red perception and marry into a powerful family are quickly upended. Juggling inviolable rules, sneaky Yellows, and a risky friendship with an intriguing Grey named Jane, Eddie finds he must reckon with the cruel regime behind this gaily painted façade. 
09 Still Life
Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.
10 Freakonomics
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt

What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers live with their moms? And how much do parents really matter? These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head. 
11 Miniaturist
NOVEMBER 16 and 19
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

In 1686 Amsterdam, young wife Nella Brandt receives as a wedding gift a dollhouse-sized replica of her new home. She engages a mysterious artist—the miniaturist—to furnish it, and the tiny house helps Nella pierce the closed world of the Brandt household. But as she uncovers its unusual secrets, she begins to understand—and fear—the escalating dangers that await them all.
12 Skipping Christmas
DECEMBER 14 and 17
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

Luther and Nora Krank are skipping Christmas this year. Theirs will be the only house on the street without a rooftop Frosty, they won’t be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash, they aren’t even going to have a tree. They won’t need one, because come December 25 they’re setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences—and isn’t half as easy as they’d imagined.