Marshall Readers Book Club

The Marshall Readers Book Club is a community-organized book club that welcomes new members. The group meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6 pm in the Marshall library.


2017 Titles and Times

January 26

Read any book by Kurt Vonnegut

February 28

You have 4 choices:

  1. The Road Back to Sweetgrass by Linda LeGarde Grover
    Set in northern Minnesota, follows a trio of American  Indian Women from the 1070’s to the present, observing their coming of age and intersection of their lives as they navigate, love, economic hardship, loss and changing famiy dynamics.
  1. Rez Life by David Treuer
    Celebrated Minnesota novelist David Treuer has gained a reputation for writing fiction that expands the horizons of Native American literatue.  He brings a novelist’s storytelling skill and eye for detail to a complex and subtle examination of Native America reservation life, past and present.
  1. Women Who Run with Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    Myths and stories of the wild woman archetype.
  1. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

March 28

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.

April 28

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

Fierce and feral, her goshawk Mabel’s temperament mirrors Helen’s own state of grief after her father’s death, and together raptor and human “discover the pain and beauty of being alive” (People). H Is for Hawk is a genre-defying debut from one of our most unique and transcendent voices.

May 23

The Nix by Nathan Hill

“The Nix is a mother-son psychodrama with ghosts and politics, but it’s also a tragicomedy about anger and sanctimony in America. . . .  Nathan Hill is a maestro.” —John Irving

June 27

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls.

July 25

Inside the O’Briens  by Lisa Genova

From New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova comes a “heartbreaking…very human novel” (Matthew Thomas, author of We Are Not Ourselves) that does for Huntington’s disease what her debut novel Still Alice did for Alzheimer’s.

August 22

The Canning Season  by Polly Horvath (Young Adult novel)

Whatever shows up on your doorstep, you have to let it in.  This is the philosophy of 91 year old Aunt Penpen who lives in the remote woods of Maine with her inseparable but completely different twin, Aunt Tilly.

September 26

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

October 24

Your choice of poetry. Books of poetry can be found by browsing in the 800s of the Nonfiction section. Call numbers for poetry include 808.1, 811, 821, 831, etc.

November 28

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead  (if available)