• Popular Books to Discuss Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng at the Thomas Branch on September 9

    Westchester Public Library invites readers to participate in Popular Books, a book discussion group, which takes place on the first Monday of each month at the Thomas Branch’s Bertha Wood Meeting Room, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton.
    This month, Popular Books meets on Monday, September 9, at 2:00 p.m., and will discuss Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. The book explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.
    In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.
    The next meeting of Popular Books will be on Monday, October 7. We will be discussing Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. For more information, visit or call the Thomas Branch, (219) 926-7696.

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