Ludington Library's Bookclub for Adults
The "Rabid Reader" Book Club welcomes new members anytime at the Ludington Library. Meetings are on the third Friday of each month, 9:30 am, at the Ludington Library. Their next meeting will be December 18 at 9:30 am, reading "Ordinary Grace" by William Krueger.
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WINNER OF THE 2014 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL
WINNER OF THE 2014 DILYS AWARD
A SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL BEST BOOK OF 2013
“That was it. That was all of it. A grace so ordinary there was no reason at all to remember it. Yet I have never across the forty years since it was spoken forgotten a single word.”
New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson’s Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.
Frank begins the season preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family—which includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother—he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years.
Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.
Rabid Readers Reading List for 2016*
12/18/2015: “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger. Fiction, c. 2013
01/15/2016: “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. Classical fiction, c. 1953
02/19/2016: “Cascade” by Maryanne O’Hara. Fiction, c. 2013
03/18/2016: “A Fine Balance” by Rohinton Mistry, Fiction, c.2001
04/15/2016: “Alice I Have Been” by Melanie Benjamin. Historical fiction, c. 2010
05/20/2016: “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Saenz. YA fiction, c. 2012
06/17/2016: “A Spool of Blue Thread” by Ann Tyler. Fiction, c. 2015
07/15/2016: “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin” by Erik Larson. Novelistic history, c. 2011
08/19/2016: “Women of the Silk” by Gail Tsukiyama. Fiction, c. 1991
09/16/2016: “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. Historical fiction, c. 2015
10/21/2016: “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Fiction, c. 2014
11/18/2016: “About Grace” by Anthony Doerr. Fiction, c. 2004
* Subject to change