September 20, 2016

Southwest Book Club Meets September 27

house i loved.jpg Join the Southwest Book Club to discuss this month's selection, The House I Loved by Tatiana De Rosnay. In this historical novel, bestselling author Rosnay (Sarah's Key) examines the changes of 1860s Paris under Emperor Napoleon's rule and the fierce determination of one woman to protect all that is sacred to her.

Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. No registration needed. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email

Southwest Branch Library
Tuesday, September 27
7:00 p.m.

If you are unable to attend the meeting and you would like to join our discussion, you can share your thoughts or respond to the discussion questions below. Simply click "Comments" located at the bottom of this post. Join the discussion!

1. What does the house represent for Rose and how did it change her life? By the end of the novel, it seems as though Rose views her house as the most important thing in her life. Although others would see the house as a possession, do you think Rose views it that way? Have you ever had this experience of loving a place or a thing as deeply as if it were a living person?

2. In a sense, Rose's letters to her husband throughout the novel are her way of finally revealing her secret. Do you see any purpose in her telling the secret at this point in her life, with her husband already gone? Does it change or help her? And if so, how?

3. Between the years of 1852 and 1870, Napoleon III and Baron Haussman remodeled major sections of Paris in an attempt to bring the city into the "modern" era. Did you know anything about this major period of time in Paris's history before reading this novel? What surprised or interested you about how Tatiana recreated that era?

4. Alexandrine the flower-girl, and Gilbert, the ragpicker, are close to Rose, in different ways. Discuss the differences and similiarities of their relationship with Rose, of their secret past, of how they each try to help Rose.

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August 22, 2016

Adult Summer Reading Prize Pack Winner

Nancy_Bedwell_ASR16.JPG Congratulations to Nancy, one of the Adult Summer Reading 2016 prize pack winners! Nancy is holding her favorite prize received in the pack.