Spokane Valley Library Book Club
Held every third Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m., May through August. Read the books then join fellow book lovers at the library to listen and share your thoughts. Experience the adventure of books you might not have discovered on your own and remember: there aren’t any right or wrong responses in literary interpretation - just differences of opinion! May 21: “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris” by David G. McCullough. The enthralling, inspiring - and until now, untold - story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, and others who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, hungry to learn and to excel in their work - what they achieved would profoundly alter American history. June 18: “The Time In Between” by Maria Duenas. At age 12, she sweeps the atelier floors where her single mother works as a seamstress, at 14, she quietly begins her own apprenticeship, and by her early 20s she is engaged to a modest government clerk - but everything changes when two charismatic men burst unexpectedly into her neatly mapped-out life: an attractive salesman and the father she never knew. July 16: “Secretariat” by William Nack. In 1973, Secretariat, the greatest champion in horse-racing history, won the Triple Crown - the only horse to ever grace the covers of Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated in the same week, he also still holds the records for the fastest times in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. August 20: “O Pioneers!” by Willa Cather. A Swedish immigrant father bequeaths his Nebraska farm land to the care of his daughter, rather than to his sons, because he sees that her love of the land and her family runs deep and that she has the heart and spirit necessary to survive the harsh reality of the plains - so begins one of the greatest love stories.