Thu: 9 AM - 9 PM

Aspen Drive Book Club

First Tuesday of the Month

Aspen Drive Library Meeting Room

701 Aspen Dr., Vernon Hills, IL 60061

Time: 7pm


May 7

The Widows of Malabar Hill

1920’s India: Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s only female lawyer, is investigating a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim widows living in full purdah when the case takes a turn for the murderous.


June 4

The Feather Thief

One evening in 2009, twenty-year-old Edwin Rist boarded a train for the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin’s obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. So begins a bizarre true crime tale of obsession, nature and man’s unrelenting claim to its beauty, whatever the cost.


July 2

The Immortalists

It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children – four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness – sneak out to hear their fortunes. Only time will tell if her predictions are accurate.


August 6

The Great Believers

Yale and his lover, Charlies, attend an unofficial wake for a dead friend, Nico, held simultaneously with his funeral service because his Cuban-American family has made it clear they don’t want any gay people there. It’s 1985, and cities like Chicago are centers to the fear and prejudices surrounding the mortally afflicted gay community. In a second storyline, Nico’s younger sister is still dealing with the emotional consequences 30 years later.


September 3

The House of Broken Angels

Miguel Angels de la Cruz, or Big Angels, must buy his mother as he himself is dying. But, before his death, he means to celebrate one last birthday. The de la Cruzes are a big clan, messy and complex. The members have competing agendas and secrets, but at the same time, all share a commitment to family.


October 1

Rules of Magic

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has a rich history, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are.


November 5

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

An atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. Three decades later, a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth surrounding the Golden State Killer produces stunning results.


December 3

Station Eleven

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a play. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time – from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains in an effort to keep the remnants of art and humanity alive.

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