Alachua Branch Book Club

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Join us at the Alachua Branch for a fun monthly book discussion. Each month we will select one Adult Fiction or Nonfiction title to read and discuss it as a group. Meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Copies of the current book will be available upon request at the Circulation Desk. To confirm availability, please call 386-462-2592 or email

Currently Reading:

Cover image for Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain with a dark blue background and two silhouettes

Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2 p.m.Alachua Branch Meeting Room

North Carolina, 2018: Morgan Christopher's life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, she finds herself serving a three-year stint in the North Carolina Women's Correctional Center. Her dream of a career in art is put on hold—until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will see her released immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to leave prison, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets.

North Carolina, 1940: Anna Dale, an artist from New Jersey, wins a national contest to paint a mural for the post office in Edenton, North Carolina. Alone in the world and desperate for work, she accepts. But what she doesn't expect is to find herself immersed in a town where prejudices run deep, where people are hiding secrets behind closed doors, and where the price of being different might just end in murder.

What happened to Anna Dale? Are the clues hidden in the decrepit mural? Can Morgan overcome her own demons to discover what exists beneath the layers of lies?

Upcoming Meetings:
Sept. 19 – The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
Oct. 17 – As Long As We Both Shall Live by JoAnn Chaney
Nov. 21 – The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

Previously Read: 
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Falling by T.J. Newman
The Guncle by Steven Rowley
Code Girls by Liza Mundy
Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo
This Tender Land by William Kent

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By JordynC on August 1, 2023