THE BOOK GROUP AT EL RETIRO LIBRARY
City of Torrance El Retiro Library 126 Vista del Parque Redondo Beach 90277 310 375-0922
Meets the first Tuesday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, July 11
Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones
This alluring novel of friendship, love, and cuisine brings the best-selling author of Lost in Translation and A Cup of Light to one of the great Chinese subjects: food. As in her previous novels, Mones’s captivating story also brings into focus a changing China -- this time the hidden world of high culinary culture.
Tuesday, August 1
And the Dark Sacred Night by Julia Glass
Kit Noonan's life is stalled: unemployed, twins to support, a mortgage to pay--and a frustrated wife, who is certain that, more than anything else, Kit needs to solve the mystery of his father's identity. He begins with a visit to his former stepfather, Jasper, a take-no-prisoners Vermont outdoors-man. But it is another person who has kept the secret: Lucinda Burns, wife of a revered senior statesman and mother of Malachy (the journalist who died of AIDS in Glass's first novel, Three Junes). She and her husband are the only ones who know the full story: of an accident whose repercussions spread even further when Jasper introduces Lucinda to Kit.
Tuesday, September 5
Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner
Born into rural poverty, Gabrielle Chanel and her siblings are sent to orphanage after their mother’s death. The sisters nurture Gabrielle’s exceptional sewing skills, a talent that will propel the willful young woman into a life far removed from the drudgery of her childhood.