Oldstone Crossing Book Club 2017


Now entering its 10th 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 lyntolan@gmail.com.

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.

Here’s an email list of current members for you to cut & paste.

mbwillis111@yahoo.commbwarner@acorndistributors.com;Dreamy35@aol.comlyntolan@gmail.comlhaase@crmlaws.comshellie.bolyard@gmail.com,  buckeyesymmonds@gmail.com,  c515guenevere@aol.comthaurani@gmail.comtss63@aol.comKathy@abbottweb.com,meghandz@aol.comduffyerinm@aol.com; lyap96@gmail.com;


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

at 7pm at House Wine, 644 High St., Worthington (we have a reservation)

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman, 384 pages

After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages. With animal names for these “guests,” and human names for the animals, it’s no wonder that the zoo’s code name became “The House Under a Crazy Star.” Best-selling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating, true-life story—sharing Antonina’s life as “the zookeeper’s wife,” while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism. Movie comes out in march. We’ll find a date to go together after its release – perhaps aTuesday $5 movie night at Marcus Crosswoods!


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Hosted by MB Warner at 1077 Crowhurst Dr.

The Ticket: A Romantic Comedy – Second Chances by Heather Grace Stewart, 208 pages

A fictional tale inspired by “the most viral human interest story on record.” Fasten your seat belts for a journey filled with humor and adventure. Bachelor & newscaster Pete McCarney buys two plane tickets for a trip around the world with his girlfriend, but they split up shortly before the trip, and he can’t get a refund. In a gutsy last minute move, Pete goes on social media asking for women with his girlfriend’s exact name to apply to join him on the trip. Twenty-one women apply, and the ensuing interview process is both awkward and hilarious. When he finally chooses a feisty, headstrong, recently-divorced lawyer, he has no idea what to expect from their world wide adventures – and neither does Allie James.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Hosted by Tamara Hurani at 7598 Southview Ct.

Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog, 263 pages

Mary Brave Bird grew up fatherless in a one-room cabin, without running water or electricity, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Rebelling against the aimless drinking, punishing missionary school, narrow strictures for women, and violence and hopeless of reservation life, she joined the new movement of tribal pride sweeping Native American communities in the sixties and seventies. Mary eventually married Leonard Crow Dog, the American Indian Movement’s chief medicine man, who revived the sacred but outlawed Ghost Dance.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hosted by Tammy Scott at 7784 Rowles Dr.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd, 384 pages

Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world—
Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. This is their story.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Hosted by Erin Duffy, 7516 Varick St., Lakes of Worthington

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, 462 pages

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone, An interesting cast of characters all come together for the heist of a lifetime.


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hosted by Meghan Zink at 1023 Crowhurst Dr.

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy, 375 pages

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked out, until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will is not surprise to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Thursday, July 13, 2017(also Kathy’s 80th birthday; doesn’t she look good!)

Hosted by Shellie Bolyard at 7792 Rowles Dr.

Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall, Denver Moore, and Lynn Vincent, 237 pages

Meet Denver, a man raised under plantation-style slavery in Louisiana in the 1960s; a man who escaped, hopping a train to wander, homeless, for eighteen years on the streets of Dallas, Texas. No longer a slave, Denver’s life was still hopeless—until God moved. First came a godly woman who prayed, listened, and obeyed. Then came her husband, Ron, an international arts dealer at home in a world of Armani-suited millionaires. They all came together.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hosted by Lisa Haase at 1069 Crowhurst Dr.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, 322 pages

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.  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.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Hosted by Lyn Tolan-Barbin at 7780 Sefton Park Dr.

A Welcome Murder by Robin Yocum, 280 pages

The book is released in April.  The author is a former Columbus journalist turned novelist.  I have invited him to join us as we discuss his latest book, and maybe even a bit about the last one we read, Red Dog Road, if we want.

Here’s what this one is about:  After his unspectacular professional baseball career ends with a knee injury in Toledo, Ohio, Johnny Earl gets busted for selling cocaine. After serving seven years in prison, all he wants to do is return to his hometown of Steubenville, retrieve the drug money he stashed before he went to jail, and start a new life where no one has ever heard of Johnny Earl. However, before he can leave town with his money, Johnny is picked up for questioning in the murder of Rayce Daubner, the FBI informant who had set him up on drug charges in the first place. Then his former prison cellmate shows up–a white supremacist who wants the drug money to help fund an Aryan nation in the wilds of Idaho.  Five memorable characters, each with a separate agenda, come together in this layered tale of murder, deceit, and political intrigue.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Hosted by Carol Walker at 1084 Crowhurst Dr.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gayman, 312 pages

Carol hosts our Halloween-themed gathering.  Feel free to wear a costume and get ready for truly spooky treats.

Here’s what this book is about:  After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family.



Thursday, November 9, 2017

Hosted by Kathy Abbott at 7691 Sefton Park Dr.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, 306 pages

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood – where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned and, though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.


Thursday, December 14, 2017 – planning for next year.  Host and location TBA.