2nd Tuesday Book Club

2nd Tuesday Book Club


2nd Tuesday Book Club meets the second Tuesday of each month to discuss a book the group has chosen a few months in advance.  New members are always welcome.

Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. in the Library Board Room and over Zoom. Please email Azar.Katouzian@escondidolibrary.org for more information.

Upcoming Titles


The Gown by Jennifer Robson
December 14, 2021

December 14, 2021 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. The Gown by Jennifer Robson

London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory, burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation despite their nation’s recent victory. Among them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers at the famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell. Together they forge an unlikely friendship, but their nascent hopes for a brighter future are tested when they are chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime honor: taking part in the creation of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown.

Toronto, 2016: More than half a century later, Heather Mackenzie seeks to unravel the mystery of a set of embroidered flowers, a legacy from her late grandmother. How did her beloved Nan, a woman who never spoke of her old life in Britain, come to possess the priceless embroideries that so closely resemble the motifs on the stunning gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II at her wedding almost seventy years before? And what was her Nan’s connection to the celebrated textile artist and holocaust survivor Miriam Dassin?  

With The Gown, Jennifer Robson takes us inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created. Balancing behind-the-scenes details with a sweeping portrait of a society left reeling by the calamitous costs of victory, she introduces readers to three unforgettable heroines, their points of view alternating and intersecting throughout its pages, whose lives are woven together by the pain of survival, the bonds of friendship, and the redemptive power of love.

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Previous Book Club Picks

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2021 Book Schedule

*List is subject to change.

January 12
A Long petal of the sea by Isabel Allende

February 9
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

March 9
The Engineer's Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood

April 13
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Klein

May 11
Birds Without Wings by Louis De Bernieres

June 8
The Searcher by Tana French

July 13
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

August 10
Forty Autumns: A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall by Nina Willner

September 14
Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

October 12
Being Heumann by Judith Heumann

November 9
Untamed by Glennon Doyle

December 14
The Gown by Jennifer Robson