St. John's Laurys Book Club

Reading books for enjoyment, perspective and discussion

Meets the First Thursday of each month at 6:30pm
     Please use the West Entry Doors and follow the trail of books to the meeting room

Contact Brenda Frantz or Karen-Berry Frantz for more information.

November 2 Meeting
Magic Hour
by Kristen Hannah

 Dr. Julia Cates was one of the country's preeminent child psychiatrists until a shocking tragedy ruined her career. Retreating to her small western Washington hometown, Julia meets an extraordinary six-year-old girl who has inexplicably emerged from the deep woods nearby--a child locked in a world of unimaginable fear and isolation. To Julia, nothing is more important than saving the girl she now calls Alice. But Julia will need help from others, including the sister she barely knows and a handsome doctor with secrets of his own. What follows will test the limits of Julia's faith and strength, as she struggles to find a home for Alice . . . and for herself.

Deep in the Pacific Northwest lies the Olympic National Forest—nearly one million acres of impenetrable darkness and impossible beauty. Even in this modern age, much of it remains undiscovered and uncharted. From the heart of this old forest, a six-year-old girl appears. Speechless and alone, she can give no clue as to her identity, no hint of her past…

Until recently, Dr. Julia Cates was one of the preeminent child psychiatrists in the country, but a scandal shattered her confidence, ruined her career, and made her a media target. When she gets a desperate call from her estranged sister, Ellie, a police chief in their small western Washington hometown, she jumps at the chance to escape.

In Rain Valley, nothing much ever happens—until a girl emerges from the deep woods and walks into town. She is a victim unlike any Julia has ever seen: a child locked in a world of unimaginable fear and isolation.

When word spreads of the “wild child” and the infamous doctor who is treating her, the media descend on Julia and once again her competence is challenged. State and federal authorities want to lock the girl away in an institution until an identification can be made.

But to Julia, who has come to doubt her own ability, nothing is more important than saving the girl she now calls Alice. To heal this child, Julia will have to understand that she cannot work alone and must look to others—the people in the town she left long ago, the sister she barely knows, and Dr. Max Cerrasin, a handsome, private man with secrets of his own.

Then a shocking revelation forces Julia to risk everything to discover the truth about Alice. The ordeal that follows will test the limits of Julia’s faith, forgiveness, and love, as she struggles to ascertain where Alice ultimately belongs.

In her most ambitious novel to date, Kristin Hannah delivers an incandescent story about the resilience of the human spirit, the triumph of hope, and the mysterious places in the heart where love lies waiting.

 Magic Hour 313
 Kristin Hannah 325  

Kristin Hannah is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, Winter Garden, Night Road, and Firefly Lane.

Her novel, The Nightingale, has been published in over 39 languages and is currently in movie development at Tri Star Pictures. Her novel, Home Front has been optioned for film by 1492 Films (produced the Oscar-nominated The Help) with Chris Columbus attached to direct.

Kristin is a former-lawyer-turned writer and the mother of one son who lives in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii with her husband. She began her writing career as a young mother and has never looked back. Her novel, Firefly Lane, became a runaway bestseller in 2009, a touchstone novel that brought women together, and The Nightingale, in 2015 was voted a best book of the year by Amazon, Buzzfeed, iTunes, Library Journal, Paste, The Wall Street Journal and The Week. Additionally, the novel won the coveted Goodreads and People’s Choice Awards. The audiobook of The Nightingale won the Audiobook of the Year Award in the fiction category.

 Fun Facts:

Spiderman or Superman: Batman.

Wonder Woman or Batgirl: Honestly, neither. Trinity from The Matrix is my girl.

Chunky or Smooth: Smooth.

Favorite flavor ice cream: Not a huge fan of ice cream (pastries are my downfall), but if forced to choose, I would say pistachio gelato.

Favorite ice cream topping: Fresh peaches cooked in butter and brown sugar, with just a hint of cinnamon.

Subway or Taxi: Okay, truth—taxi.

Broadway Show or Movie Theater: LOVE them both. I guess theater by a hair…

TiVo or DVR: DVR.

Favorite vacation place: So far–Botswana and Italy

Next vacation destination: Tahiti, I hope

Favorite NYC hotspot: Love everything about the city, so it’s hard to choose one. Single best memory is seeing Phantom of the Opera on Broadway with my husband and son, so I’ll say Broadway.

Guilty Pleasure: Cosmopolitans and massages

Good luck charm: My mom’s engagement diamond, which I wear on a chain.

When you were a little girl, you thought you would grow up to be a: Ballet dancer.

Last thing bought at the mall: The mall? I live on an island. Malls are exotic destinations for me. You’re more likely to catch me shopping at a small collection of main street shops or in the canyons of downtown Seattle. Last fun thing I bought was perfume for a friend at a duty free store in the airport.

Item on your grocery list: Tonight’s? Well I’m in Hawaii right now, so: fresh tiger shrimp, sweet thai chili sauce, lilikoi puree, coconut flakes, vegetables for roasting, and new skewers.

French fries or Onion Rings: Only fries. No onion rings for me.

Pizza: New York or Chicago? I come from the Pacific Northwest. New York AND Chicago.

Midnight snack: No midnight snacking. Does a glass of wine count?

Bookmark or dog ear? Okay, here’s something that makes me guilty; you’re right. Dog ear.

Read with dustjacket or remove it? With dust jacket.

Ocean, Lake, Desert, Mountain: Ocean.

Favorite book: Ever? To Kill a Mockingbird. Lately–The Shadow of the Wind.

Item you can’t live without: Since my family is an obvious answer, I’m going to say writing. I can’t go very long without writing or I get crabby. A quirky thing I can’t live without is…the perfect pen.

What kid or teen books made a difference in your world growing up? The Lord of the Rings, Dune, The Oz books, everything by Roald Dahl (especially Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), everything by S.E. Hinton.

Where do you like to write your books (bed ~ coffee shop ~ an office)?: All of the above. I write longhand, so I can be in bed, in a chair, on the beach, on the ferry going to town, on an airplane. Anywhere.

Describe your ideal place to write: In a room where I can see the ocean and hear the surf.

What are you reading at the moment?: Research books, mostly.

Where do you usually read?: See answer to where do I write. Everywhere.

Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time?: Only if one doesn’t have my full attention. There’s nothing I love better than a book I can’t put down.

Do you read nonfiction in a different way or place than you read fiction?: I tend to read nonfiction primarily when I’m researching an idea. Then I read solely nonfiction.


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Past Readings

November 2017 Magic Hour by Kristen Hannah
October 2017 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
September 2017 The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher
August 2017 Still Summer by Jacquelyn Mitchard
July 2017 The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeanette Walls
June 2017 Marrow: A Love Story by Elizabeth Lesser
May 2017 The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
April 2017 The Lake House by Kate Morton
March 2017 The Thirteenth Tale by Dianne Setterfield
February 2017 The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
January 2017 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
December 2016 Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
November 2016 My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
October 2016 Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
September 2016 Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
August 2016 Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
July 2016  The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
June 2016  The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
May 2016  The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
April 2016  Forgiven by Terri Roberts and Jeanette Windle
March 2016 The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
February 2016 Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
 January 2016  The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult