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IRON RIVER – The West Iron District Library is once again sponsoring the Summer Reading Club to be held in June, July and August. As in previous years, Bonnie Wilgreen will moderate the discussions, which will take place at 10:30 a.m. in the J. Patrick White Conference Room.
The first meeting will take place on Thursday, June 23. The novel under discussion is “The Vanishing Half” by Brit Bennett. Bennett tells the story of twin sisters growing up in a small black community in rural Louisiana. The girls run away at 16 and end up going in different directions.
Years later, one sister returns with her daughter to the small town she tried to flee while the other sister poses as white, hiding the secret of her past from her husband and daughter. Many years later, though miles apart, the lives of the sisters are intertwined.
On Thursday, July 21, the discussion will focus on “L’Affaire Christie” by Nina de Gramont. This selection is based on the 11-day real-life disappearance of mystery writer Agatha Christie. While the local authorities have no chance of finding the famous author, the reader is privy to his whereabouts through the narration of Nan O’Dea, the mistress of Agatha’s husband. Throughout the 11-day period, the lives of O’Dea and Christie intertwine in surprising ways.
The final meeting takes place on Thursday, August 18, when the book under discussion is “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan. Horan combines both fact and fiction to shed light on the real-life scandalous relationship between Mamah Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wright. During Wright and Cheney’s years together, Wright designed and built his famous Wisconsin home and studio, named Taliesin. His story is told in this novel.
The public is invited to attend all or part of the discussions. Multiple copies of each novel are available at the library reception.

Calvin W. Soper