ALTON BOOK CHAT ~ 7 PM ON THE 2ND TUESDAY, MONTHLY

7:00 pm, March 10

7:00 pm, March 10

7:00 pm, March 10

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Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II  

by Robert Matzen


Twenty-five  years after her passing, Audrey Hepburn remains the most  beloved of  all Hollywood stars, known as much for her role as UNICEF  ambassador as  for films like Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Several biographies have chronicled her stardom, but none has covered   her intense experiences through five years of Nazi occupation in the   Netherlands.   

 

According to her son, Luca Dotti, “The war made my mother  who she was.” Audrey Hepburn’s war included participation in the Dutch Resistance, working as a doctor’s assistant during the “Bridge Too Far"  battle of Arnhem, the brutal execution of her uncle, and the ordeal of the Hunger Winter of 1944. She also had to contend with the fact that   her father was a Nazi agent and her mother was pro-Nazi for the first   two years of the occupation. But the war years also brought triumphs as   Audrey became Arnhem’s most famous young ballerina. Audrey’s own   reminiscences, new interviews with people who knew her in the war,   wartime diaries, and research in classified Dutch archives shed light  on  the riveting, untold story of Audrey Hepburn under fire in World War   II. Also included is a section of color and black-and-white photos.  Many  of these images are from Audrey’s personal collection and are  published  here for the first time.

POSTPONED

7:00 pm, March 10

7:00 pm, March 10

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True Colors 

by Kristin Hannah


True Colors is New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah's most provocative, compelling, and   heart-wrenching story yet. With the luminous writing and unforgettable   characters that are her trademarks, she tells the story of three  sisters  whose once-solid world is broken apart by jealousy, betrayal,  and the  kind of passion that rarely comes along.


The  Grey sisters have  always been close. After their mother's death, the  girls banded  together, becoming best friends. Their stern, disapproving  father cares  less about his children than about his reputation. To  Henry Grey,  appearances are everything, and years later, he still  demands that his  daughters reflect his standing in the community.  


Winona,  the  oldest, needs her father's approval most of all. An overweight  bookworm  who never felt at home on the sprawling horse ranch that has  been in her  family for three generations, she knows that she doesn't  have the  qualities her father values. But as the best lawyer in town,  she's  determined to someday find a way to prove her worth to him.

Aurora,   the middle sister, is the family peacemaker. She brokers every dispute   and tries to keep them all happy, even as she hides her own secret  pain.  Vivi   Ann is the undisputed star of the family. A stunningly beautiful   dreamer with a heart as big as the ocean in front of her house, she is   adored by all who know her. Everything comes easily for Vivi Ann, until  a  stranger comes to town. . . .


In  a matter of moments, everything  will change. The Grey sisters will be  pitted against one another in ways  that none could have imagined.  Loyalties will be tested and secrets  revealed, and a terrible, shocking  crime will shatter both their family  and their beloved town. 


With breathtaking pace and penetrating emotional insight, True Colors is an unforgettable novel about sisters, rivalry, forgiveness, redemption---and ultimately, what it means to be a family.

TO BE ANNOUNCED

7:00 pm, March 10

TO BE ANNOUNCED

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Where the Crawdads Sing

by Delia Owens


#1 New York Times Bestseller
More than 4 million copies sold
A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick

"I can't even express how much I love this book! I didn't want this story to end!"--Reese Witherspoon

"Painfully beautiful."--The New York Times Book Review

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.

Where the Crawdads Sing is  at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking  coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. 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.

7:00 pm, June 9

7:00 pm, June 9

TO BE ANNOUNCED

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Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   -  NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST 

A New York Times Notable Book

Named a best book of the year by Amazon, Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Time, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, NPR, Vogue, Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Lit Hub, and Slate

From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were  members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered  beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built  mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. 


Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an  Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. One of her  relatives was shot. Another was poisoned. And it was just the beginning,  as more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and  many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves  murdered. 


As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI  took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a  former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White  put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent who  infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage began to expose one  of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. 

7:00 pm, June 9

 

7:00 pm, June 9