Oldstone Crossing Book Club 2020
Now entering its 13th year, the Oldstone Book Club generally meets on the second Thursday of the month. Festivities begin at 7:00pm.
The host will send a reminder email at the beginning of the week. So, it’s important to make sure we have your email address. Send any updates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The host provides drinks and light snacks and leads the discussion of the book. If the month is at another location, movies or restaurant, we “go dutch”. Please RSVP to host so they know how many to expect.
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Hosted by Shellie Bolyard at 7792 Rowles Dr.
Malice by Jennifer James, 288 pages Thriller, Mystery
The perfect life becomes the perfect nightmare in a twisting novel of psychological suspense
Dr. Daniel Winters is living a fairy-tale life. He has a beachfront home in Malibu, a career as a respected pediatrician at a thriving Los Angeles practice, and a gorgeous new wife, Mia. For a man whose past was rife with mental illness, addiction, and thoughts of suicide, it seems too good to be true.
Then Daniel learns that a fellow pediatrician and his family were found slaughtered in their home. It’s just the first chip in the facade of Daniel’s perfect life. Little by little, everything starts to fall away. At work, his career becomes at risk when he’s asked to remain silent about a dangerous new drug. At home, Mia has gone from an affectionate newlywed to a mysterious woman carefully hiding secrets—and possibly a lover.
Daniel begins to wonder: Is paranoia getting the best of him…or has his fairy-tale life become a nightmare worse than he could have ever imagined?
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Hosted by Tamara Hurani at 7598 Southview Ct.
Open by Andre Agassi, 388 pages Autobiography
Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, and tells a beautiful, haunting autobiography.
Agassi’s incredibly rigorous training began when he is just a child. By the age of thirteen, he is banished to a Florida tennis camp that feels like a prison camp. Lonely, scared, a ninth-grade dropout, he rebels in ways that will soon make him a 1980s icon. He dyes his hair, pierces his ears, dresses like a punk rocker. By the time he turns pro at sixteen, his new look promises to change tennis forever, as does his lightning-fast return.
Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Alongside vivid portraits of rivals from several generations—Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer—Agassi gives unstinting accounts of his brief time with Barbra Streisand and his doomed marriage to Brooke Shields. He reveals a shattering loss of confidence. And he recounts his spectacular comeback and his march to become the oldest man ever ranked number one.
In clear, taut prose, Agassi evokes his loyal brother, his wise coach, his gentle trainer, all the people who help him regain his balance and find love at last with Stefanie Graf. Inspired by her quiet strength, he fights through crippling pain from a deteriorating spine to remain a dangerous opponent in the twenty-first and final year of his career.
Thursday, August 13, 2020
This month will be “out of home” at Nocterra, a brew pub at 41 Depot St., Powell. This is Chandran’s place. There is no book selected for this month. Instead, we’ll get together to discuss books that have been meaningful to each of us. Bring information about 3 books to talk about. Perhaps you will find a book that impacted someone else that becomes a “must read”.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Hosted by Lisa Haase at 1069 Crowhurst Dr.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Deliah Owens, 384 pages Historical Fiction, Mystery
For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.
Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Hosted by Carol Walker at 1084 Crowhurst Dr.
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware, 308 pages Mystery, Thriller
Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back. Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her?
When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods. Some things can’t stay secret forever.
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Hosted by Kathy Abbott at 7691 Sefton Park Dr.
Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones, 384 pages Non-Fiction, True Crime
Over the past fifteen years, enterprising sugar cane farmers in the small county of Xalisco on the west coast of Mexico have created a unique distribution system that has brought black tar heroin–the cheapest, most addictive form of the opiate, two to three times purer than its white powder cousin–to the veins of people across the United States. Communities where heroin had never been seen before have become overrun with it. Local police and residents are stunned: How could heroin, long considered a drug found only in the dense, urban environments along the East Coast, and trafficked into the United States by enormous Colombian drug cartels, be so incredibly ubiquitous in the American heartland? Who was bringing it here and why were so many townspeople suddenly eager for the comparatively cheap high it offered?
Acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of American capitalism in Doped Up: Young men in Mexico, independent of the drug cartels, in search of their own American Dream via the fast and enormous profits of trafficking cheap black tar heroin to America’s rural and suburban addicts; and Purdue Pharma, determined to corner the market on pain with its new and expensive miracle drug, Oxycontin, extremely addictive in its own right. Quinones illuminates just how these two stories fit together as cause and effect. Doped Up is a dramatic and revelatory account of addiction spreading to every part of the American landscape.
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Hosted by Renee Joseph at 2118 Woodland Hall Drive, Delaware Ohio 43015
This is an appetizer & dessert potluck. We’ll take the annual group photo. There is no book to read for this month. But bring ideas for the 2021 book list.