The Evening Book Club will be discussing Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler. Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie Curtis. It's a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Cincinnati. Dorrie scarcely hesitates before agreeing - not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.
The Afternoon Book Club will be discussing Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear. Humble housemaid Maisie Dobbs climbs convincingly up Britain's social ladder, becoming in turn a university student, a wartime nurse and ultimately a private investigator. At different points in her remarkable career, Maisie crosses paths with a military surgeon to whom she's attracted despite his disfigurement from a bomb blast at the front.
The Evening Book Club will be discussing The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant. Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family’s Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter’s abilities.