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Brown Bag Book Club: Home

A Book Club for Anyone to Enjoy


two brown paper lunch sacksWelcome to the Brown Bag Book Club

Hosted by Kirtland Library

 Kirtland Staff and Faculty are welcome!

The BBBC provides space for members of the Kirtland Community to connect over reading.

We hope you will join us for some fun and thought provoking conversations!

January/February 2023 Book Club Read

Fenna Vos has learned to focus on her own survival with the Second World War raging in faraway countries. She works on-stage as the assistant to an unruly escape artist-behind the curtain as the mastermind of their act. After all, her honed ability to control her surroundings and elude entrapments, physical or otherwise, reliably suppresses the trauma and tragedy of her youth. For all her calculations, however, Fenna neglects to foresee being called upon by British Intelligence. Tasked with creating escape tools to thwart the Germans, MI9 seeks those with specialized skills for a war nearing its breaking point. Fenna reluctantly joins an unconventional group of inventors, but delving deeper into the fray means a confrontation with her past and the stakes are more treacherous than she ever imagined.

Kristina McMorris discusses The Ways We Hide (54:45).




View images, documents, and other supporting items in this book club guide from author Kristina McMorris. These items are also included in the print book.








View photographs from the 1913 Italian Hall Disaster - a Michigan Christmas Eve tragedy courtesy of MLive - Michigan.

Meeting Times & Dates

  • Dates: Wednesdays - Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2023 -  Join us for 1 or all the sessions as your schedule permits!
  • Time:  12:30 p.m.-1 p.m.
  • Location:  Zoom - Contact the Library at for the Zoom Link

Weekly Break Down:

Week 1: Wednesday, January 25 - Chapters 1-15 (pages 3-91)

Week 2: Wednesday, February 1 - Chapters 16-34 (pages 92-185)

Week 3: Wednesday, February 8 - Chapters 35-56 (pages 186-279)

Week 4: Wednesday, February 15 - Chapters 57-73 (pages 280-376)

Week 5 Wednesday, February 22 - Chapters 74-Epilogue (pages 377-463)

Author's Note and Recipes follow last chapters.

Note: This is about 95 pages per week.

Future reads for the Winter 2023 semester are:

  • March - A Man Called Ove
  • April - To be announced

Get a Copy!

Here are several ways you can get a copy of book:

  • Purchase your own copy through a bookstore or vendor like Amazon.
  • Purchase and download to your Kindle through Amazon. 
  • Purchase and download an audiobook copy through Audible.
  • Check out a copy at your local public library.
  • Borrow a copy through Interlibrary loan (free of charge) by contacting Kirtland's Library.

Contact Us

Here's How:

Hours:  8 am - 4:30 pm Monday-Friday - Grayling

Phone: 989-275-5000 x 246

Email:  Please allow 24-48 hours for response

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