Armchair Traveler Book Group

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Escape into intriguing books set in striking locales

Meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 11:00 am at
Walteria Library, 3815 W. 242 St. Torrance, 90505 310-375-8418 

Britt-Marie Was Here

 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman 
Britt-Marie is obsessed with cleaning and proper manners, but when her husband is discovered cheating, she leaves him and takes a job in a derelict, financially devastated town.  She uses her fierce organizational skills to become a soccer coach to a group of local children. 

 

The Woman in Cabin 10
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware 

Assigned to review an exclusive North Sea luxury cruise, travel journalist Lo Blacklock witnesses a woman thrown overboard.  She is baffled when the other passengers remain apathetic as Lo struggles to convince everyone that what she saw was real. 

 

The Road to Little Dribbling
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain by Bill Bryson 

Twenty years after the publication of his British travelogue, Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson returns to see how Britain has changed.  He decides to discover the British countryside by travelling the longest distance you can travel in Britain in a straight line and names it the Bryson Line. 

 

 

A Gentleman in Moscow
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. 
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles  
In a Bolshevik tribunal in 1922, Count Alexander Rostov was deemed an unrepentant aristocrat and sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. His reduced circumstances provide him a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

 

Convenience Store Woman


Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
 
Keiko Furukura, a 36-year-old resident of Tokyo, has worked part-time in a convenience store for 18 years, half her life.  As a child, Keiko was puzzled by human behavior, but at Smile Mart, she is given a uniform and a manual that outlines exactly how she is to conduct herself.  A new employee, Shiraha, challenges her view of the world.

 

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick 
After 40 years of marriage, Arthur Pepper’s wife Miriam passed away. One year after her passing, Arthur discovers a gold charm bracelet with eight charms that he has never seen before. When he calls the phone number inscribed on one of the charms, he embarks on a series of journeys that help him rediscover his wife.

 

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