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January Branches Book Club

Please join us on Wednesday, January 30th at 2:00 PM for our next Branches Book Club meeting. This month we will be reading Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan.


Edgar-finalist Sullivan (Triple Cross) lays on history with a trowel in this overstuffed tale of derring-do set in Italy during WWII. In 1943, 17-year-old Pino Lella's parents send him to the mountains to escape the bombardment of Milan. When he returns home on the eve of his 18th birthday, his parents urge him to join the German army to avoid the draft and thus be spared a one-way ticket to the Russian front. As the months go by, Pino turns up, Zelig-like, to witness every significant element of wartime life. He leads Jewish refugees across the dangerously snowy alps to the Swiss border, confronts local bandits masquerading as members of the anti-Fascist resistance, watches as people are loaded into boxcars destined for Auschwitz, overhears what could be talk of the German generals' plot to overthrow Hitler, finds girls and wine for American army officers, and so on. Facing few obstacles he can't overcome, the heroic Pino easily outfoxes the Nazis.

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This book club is open to the public and focuses mainly on current best-selling fiction and (at times) non-fiction selections.  All meetings are held at the book store on the last Wednesday of each month beginning at 2:00 p.m. Book Club Members will enjoy special day-of meeting discounts, as well as a discount on the current month's Branches Book Club pick. For more information or to order this month's title, please call (559) 641-2019!

Upcoming meeting dates:

Wednesday, February 27th: Winter Journey by Diane Armstrong

Wednesday, March 27th: The Nightinggale by Kristen Hannah