Y.A.H. (Young at Heart) Book Club meets the third Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. of each month in the conference room of the Wabasha Public Library.  New members are always welcome.  The YAH Book Club reads a variety books chosen by its members.

Forthcoming Books

July ’21

Long time coming : reckoning with race in America
Author(s): Michael Eric Dyson

ISBN: 9781250276759

Published: 2020

"From the New York Times bestselling author of Tears We Cannot Stop, a passionate call to America to finally reckon with race and start the journey to redemption. The night of May 25, 2020 changed America. George Floyd, a 43yearold Black man, was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis when a white cop suffocated him. The video of that night's events went viral, sparking the largest protests in the nation's history and the sort of social unrest we have not seen since the sixties. While Floyd's de.... More

June ’21

Daughter of Moloka'i
Author(s): Alan Brennert

ISBN: 9781250137661

Published: 2019

Follows the story of quarantined leprosy patient Rachel Kalama's daughter, Ruth, who is raised by adoptive Japanese parents on a California grape farm before her unjust internment during World War II.

May ’21

Heaven, my home
Author(s): Texas Rangers

ISBN: 9780316363402

Published: 2019

The thrilling followup to the awardwinning "Bluebird", Bluebird Texas Ranger Darren Matthews is on the hunt for a boy who's gone missingbut it's the boy's family of white supremacists who are his real target.

April ’21

The silent patient
Author(s): Alex Michaelides

ISBN: 9781250301697

Published: 2019

Alicia Berenson is a famous painter married to an indemand fashion photographer, living in a posh area of London. One evening, her husband Gabriel returns home late. Alicia shoots him five times in the face and then never speaks another word.

March ’21

Just mercy : a story of justice and redemption
Author(s): Equal Justice Initiative

ISBN: 9780812994520

Published: 2014

The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.

February ’21

Out of my mind
Author(s): Sharon M Draper

ISBN: 9781416971702

Published: 2010

Considered by many to be mentally retarded, a brilliant, impatient fifthgrader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

January ’21

The dirty life : on farming, food, and love
Author(s): Kristin Kimball

ISBN: 9781416551607

Published: 2010

"Single, thirtysomething, working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed her city self and moved to five hundred acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm wit.... More

December ’20

Skipping Christmas
Author(s): John Grisham

ISBN: 9780385505833

Published: c2001

Luther and Nora Krank will not be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash this year. They won't be putting up a tree or stringing lights. They've decided to give the mall crowds, fruitcakes, and office parties a pass and set sail for the Caribbean instead. They are about to discover that skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences and isn't half as easy as they'd imagined.

November ’20

This tender land : a novel
Author(s): William Kent Krueger

ISBN: 9781476749297

Published: 2019

"The acclaimed author of Ordinary Grace crafts a powerful novel about an orphan's lifechanging adventure traveling down America's great rivers during the Great Depression, seeking both a place to call home and a sense of purpose in a world sinking into despair"cProvided by publisher.

October ’20

A man called Ove : a novel
Author(s): Fredrik Backman

ISBN: 9781476738017

Published: 2014

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon; the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him 'the bitter neighbour from hell'. But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters .... More

September ’20

Ask again, yes : a novel
Author(s): Mary Beth Keane

ISBN: 9781982106980

Published: 2019

"A family saga about two Irish American families in a New York suburb, the love between two of their children, and the tragedies that threaten to tear them apart and destroy their futures" Publisher.

August ’20

Wait till next year : a memoir
Author(s): Doris Kearns Goodwin

ISBN: 9780684847955

Published: c1997

July ’20

The whole town's talking : a novel
Author(s): Fannie Flagg

ISBN: 9781400065950

Published: 2016

Lordor Nordstrom created, in his wisdom, not only a lively town and a prosperous legacy for himself but also a beautiful final resting place for his family, friends, and neighbors yet to come. "Resting place" turns out to be a bit of a misnomer, however. Odd things begin to happen, and it starts the whole town talking. With her wild imagination, great storytelling, and deep understanding of folly and the human heart, the beloved Fannie Flagg tells an unforgettable story of life, afterlife, and t.... More

June ’20

The book woman of Troublesome Creek : a novel
Author(s): Kim Michele Richardson

ISBN: 9781492691631

Published: 2019

"Cussy Mary Carter is the last of her kind, her skin the color of a blue damselfly in these dusty hills. But that doesn't mean she's got nothing to offer. As a member of the Pack Horse Library Project, Cussy delivers books to the hill folk of Troublesome, hoping to spread learning in these desperate times. But not everyone is so keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and the hardscrabble Kentuckians are quick to blame a Blue for any trouble in their small town. The Book Woman of Troubles.... More

May ’20

State of wonder
Author(s): Ann Patchett

ISBN: 9780062049803

Published: 2011

A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh journeys into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two yearsa dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.

February ’20
Where'd you go, Bernadette : a novel
Author(s): Maria Semple

ISBN: 9780316204279

Published: 2012

When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

January ’20

The art of racing in the rain : a novel
Author(s): Garth Stein

ISBN: 9780061537967

Published: c2008

Evaluating his life on the eve of his death, atypical canine Enzo considers the sacrifices his master, Denny Swift, has made in his pursuit of becoming a professional race car driver; the painful custody battle between Denny and his inlaws, and the dog's own efforts to preserve the Swift family.

December ’19

The Noel diary : from the Noel collection
Author(s): Richard Paul Evans

ISBN: 9781501172038

Published: 2017

"A man receives the best Christmas present he could ask for the chance to rewrite the past. Bestselling romance author Jacob Churcher hasn't been home for almost twenty yearsnot since his mentally ill mother kicked him out of the house when he was just sixteen. When a lawyer calls, days before Christmas, to inform him that his estranged mother has passed away and left her house to him, Jacob returns not just to settle the estate but to try and reconcile with the past and the pain and abuse he ex.... More

November ’19

Educated : a memoir
Author(s): Tara Westover

ISBN: 9780399590504

Published: 2018

"Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling homecanned peaches and sleeping with her "headforthehills bag." In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to int.... More

October ’19

Where the crawdads sing
Author(s): Delia Owens

ISBN: 9780735219090

Published: 2018

"Fans of Barbara Kingsolver will love this stunning debut novel from a New York Times bestselling nature writer, about an unforgettable young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina, and the two men that will break her isolation open. For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately .... More

September ’19

Maya's notebook : a novel
Author(s): Isabel Allende

ISBN: 9781443413299

Published: 2013, 2013

After the death of her beloved grandfather, nineteenyearold Maya Vidal, turning to drugs, alcohol, and petty crimes, becomes trapped in a war between assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol, until her grandmother helps her escape to a remote island off the coast of Chile where she tries to make sense of her life.

August ’19

The catcher in the rye
Author(s): J D Salinger

ISBN: 9780316769532

Published: 1951

An adolescent boy, knowing he is about to be dropped by his school, spends three days and nights in New York City.

July ’19

Fly girls : how five daring women defied all odds and made aviation history
Author(s): Keith OBrien

ISBN: 9781328876645

Published: 2018

"High adventure and high ideals merge when a corps of intrepid female aviators battle to take part in the hugely popular air shows of the 1920s and 1930s. Ultimately, one of our heroines would win a race that earned her the right to be called America's best pilot"cProvided by publisher.

June ’19

It's okay to laugh : (crying is cool, too)
Author(s): Nora McInerny

ISBN: 9780062419378

Published: 2016

"Twentysevenyearold Nora McInerny Purmort bounced from boyfriend to dopey 'boyfriend' until she met Aarona charismatic art director and comicbook nerd who once made Nora laugh so hard she pulled a muscle. When Aaron was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, they refused to let it limit their love. They got engaged on Aaron's hospital bed and had a baby boy while he was on chemo. In the period that followed, Nora and Aaron packed fifty years of marriage into the three they got, spending the.... More

May ’19

The shadows we hide
Author(s): Allen Eskens

ISBN: 9780316509787

Published: 2018

Cub reporter Joe Talbert, Jr. investigates the murder of a man with the same name as him in a small town in Minnesota and discovers the deceased was a loathsome lowlife who may be his father.

April ’19

Before we were yours : a novel
Author(s): Lisa Wingate

ISBN: 9780425284681

Published: 2017

"Two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice in this poignant novel, inspired by a true story, for readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale. Memphis, 1939. Twelveyearold Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in chargeuntil strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thro.... More

March ’19

Safe from the sea
Author(s): Peter Geye

ISBN: 9781609530082

Published: 2010

When his estranged father asks him for help, Noah Torr travels north of Duluth to a lakeside cabin to find his father dying and determined to reconcile some of the bitterness from the past.

February ’19

The pilot's wife : a novel
Author(s): Anita Shreve

ISBN: 9780316789080

Published: 1998

After a pilot dies in the crash of an airliner, his wife discovers he was a bigamist. A facetoface follows between the legal wife, Kathryn of Boston by whom he had one child, and the other woman, Muire, who lives in England with their two children. By the author of The Weight of Water.

January ’19 

Small great things : a novel
Author(s): Jodi Picoult

ISBN: 9780345544957

Published: 2016

"This stunning new novel is Jodi Picoult at her finestcomplete with unflinching insights, richly layered characters, and a pageturning plot with a gripping moral dilemma at its heart. Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years' experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she's been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who.... More

January ’18 

Hillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis
Author(s): J D Vance

ISBN: 9780062300546

Published: 2016

Shares the story of the author's family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past.

February ’18

Cutting for stone : a novel
Author(s): A Verghese

ISBN: 9780375414497

Published: 2009

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between an Indian nun and a British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, they are bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine. Marion, fresh out of medical school, flees Ethiopia and makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. Wh.... More

March ’18 

Neither wolf nor dog : on forgotten roads with an Indian elder
Author(s): Kent Nerburn

ISBN: 9781577312338

Published: 2002

April ’18

The little old lady who broke all the rules : a novel
Author(s): C IngelmanSundberg

ISBN: 9780062447975

Published: 2016

Martha Andersson may be 79 years old and live in a retirement home, but that doesn't mean she's ready to stop enjoying life. So when the new management of Diamond House starts cutting corners to save money, Martha and her four closest friendsBrains, The Rake, Christina and AnnaGretta a.k.a. The League of Pensionerswon't stand for it. Fed up with early bedtimes and overcooked veggies, this group of feisty seniors sets about to regain their independence, improve their lot, and stand up for seniors.... More

May ’18

Locally laid : how we built a plucky, industry-changing egg farm --from scratch
Author(s): Lucie B Amundsen

ISBN: 9781594634222

Published: 2016

The author shares how she and her husband became egg farmers, and how, with very little experience, they learned to manage their business and why they believe farms like theirs are vital to rebuilding America's food system.

June /July ’18 

Galway Bay
Author(s): Mary Pat Kelly

ISBN: 9780446579001

Published: 2009

"In the bestselling tradition of Frank Delaney, Colleen McCullough, and Maeve Binchy comes a poignant historical family saga set against Ireland's Great Starvation and the building of Chicago."Provided by the publisher.

August ’18 

Stories I only tell my friends : an autobiography
Author(s): Rob Lowe

ISBN: 9780805093292

Published: 2011

A teen idol at fifteen, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of midseventies Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.

September ’18  

Future home of the living god : a novel
Author(s): Louise Erdrich

ISBN: 9780062694058

Published: 2017

A tale set in a world of reversing evolution and a growing police state follows pregnant thirtytwoyearold Cedar Hawk Songmaker, who investigates her biological family while awaiting the birth of a child who may emerge as a member of a primitive human species.

October ’18 

Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet : a novel
Author(s): Jamie Ford

ISBN: 9780345505330

Published: 2009

Set in the ethnic neighborhoods of Seattle during World War II and Japanese American internment camps of the era, this debut novel tells the heartwarming story of widower Henry Lee, his father, and his first love Keiko Okabe.

November ’18 

The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks
Author(s): Henrietta Lacks

ISBN: 9781400052172

Published: c2010

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cellstaken without her knowledgebecame one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have be.... More

December ’18 

The 13th gift : a true story of a Christmas miracle
Author(s): Joanne Huist Smith

ISBN: 9780553418552

Published: 2014

"For readers of Richard Paul Evans and Greg Kincaid comes The 13th Gift, a heartwarming Christmas story about how a random act of kindness transformed one of the bleakest moments in a family's history into a time of strength and love. After the unexpected death of her husband, Joanne Huist Smith had no idea how she would keep herself together and be strong for her three childrenespecially with the holiday season approaching. But 12 days before Christmas, presents begin appearing on her doorstep .... More