October 2021: His and Hers by Alice Feeney

When a woman is murdered in Blackdown, a quintessentially British village, newsreader Anna Andrews is reluctant to cover the case. Detective Jack Harper is suspicious of her involvement, until he becomes a suspect in his own murder investigation.

Someone isn’t telling the truth, and some secrets are worth killing to keep.

September 2021: The Answer is…Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek

Since debuting as the host of Jeopardy! in 1984, Alex Trebek has been something like a family member to millions of television viewers, bringing entertainment and education into their homes five nights a week. Last year, he made the stunning announcement that he had been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer. What followed was an incredible outpouring of love and kindness. Social media was flooded with messages of support, and the Jeopardy! studio received boxes of cards and letters offering guidance, encouragement, and prayers.

For over three decades, Trebek had resisted countless appeals to write a book about his life. Yet he was moved so much by all the goodwill, he felt compelled to finally share his story. “I want people to know a little more about the person they have been cheering on for the past year,” he writes in The Answer Is…: Reflections on My Life.

The book combines illuminating personal anecdotes with Trebek’s thoughts on a range of topics, including marriage, parenthood, education, success, spirituality, and philanthropy. Trebek also addresses the questions he gets asked most often by Jeopardy! fans, such as what prompted him to shave his signature mustache, his insights on legendary players like Ken Jennings and James Holzhauer, and his opinion of Will Ferrell’s Saturday Night Live impersonation. The book uses a novel structure inspired by Jeopardy!, with each chapter title in the form of a question, and features dozens of never-before-seen photos that candidly capture Trebek over the years.

This wise, charming, and inspiring book is further evidence why Trebek has long been considered one of the most beloved and respected figures in entertainment.

August 2021: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco. She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable.

Even though she knows they’ll never sell, Lydia stocks some of her all-time favorite books in her store. And then one day a man enters the shop to browse and comes up to the register with a few books he would like to buy—two of them her favorites. Javier is erudite. He is charming. And, unbeknownst to Lydia, he is the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, none of their lives will ever be the same.

Forced to flee, Lydia and eight-year-old Luca soon find themselves miles and worlds away from their comfortable middle-class existence. Instantly transformed into migrants, Lydia and Luca ride la bestia—trains that make their way north toward the United States, which is the only place Javier’s reach doesn’t extend. As they join the countless people trying to reach el norte, Lydia soon sees that everyone is running from something. But what exactly are they running to?

July 2021: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.

Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed.

Answers to June 22 Trivia

1. Which day is understood as the first day of summer?

June 13
June 20 or 21
June 16
June 22

2. Who holds the record for maximum home runs?

Babe Ruth
Alex Rodriguez
Barry Bonds
Henry Aaron

3. How many long distance summer trips are made in the USA each year?

500 million
350 million
400 million
650 million

4. In which year was Don Henley’s nostalgic song, “The Boys of Summer” released?

1982
1984
1986
1980

5. Which month of the year is national ice cream month?

July
August
June
September

Answers to June 15 Trivia

1. Which goddess is the month of June named after?

The Greek goddess, June
The Roman Goddess, Juno
The Roman Goddess, Juventas
The Roman Goddess, Juturna

2. What percentage of water is in a watermelon?

99%
90-92%
95%
100%

3. Which president hosted the first barbeque at the White House?

John F. Kennedy
Gerald Ford
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Lyndon B. Johnson

4. Which insect are the most widespread in the summer?

Flies
Ants
Mosquitos
Bees

5. When were ice pops invented?

1905
1903
1906
1908

My Friend Irma / The Shadow / Baby Snooks

Performed and recorded on May 1, 2009.

Answers to June 8 Trivia

1. In the US, what is the bestselling BBQ meat throughout the summer?

Steak
Hot dogs
Hamburger meat
Hot links

2. Who is the public service mascot that was first introduced to the US on August 9, 1944?

Yogi Bear and Boo Boo
Smokey Bear
Sparky the fire dog
Woodsy owl

3. Which three fresh fruits outsell all other fruits during the summer in America?

Guava, papaya, watermelon
Grapes, pineapple, watermelon
Watermelon, tomatoes and peaches
Cantaloupe, watermelon, peaches

4. Who had the summer hit with “Sealed With a Kiss?”

Brian Hyland
The Beach Boys
Frankie Valli
Billie Joe Royal

5. In which year was the beach ball invented?

1940
1938
1943
1936

Light Up the Sky

Performed and recorded on November 20, 2010.

Answers to June 1 Trivia

1. What was the most traditional way to make pink lemonade?

Add extra sugar
By adding a few drops of beet juice to regular lemonade
By adding a few drops of red food coloring for pink color
Add grapefruit juice to the lemonade

2. In which state in the USA were ice cream sandwiches believed to have been invented?

California
Delaware
Pennsylvania
New York

3. Which is the most sold summer item in America?

Swim shoes
Goggles
Swimsuits
Floats

4. Which beach sport became official in 1986?

Beach soccer
Surfing
Beach volleyball
Ultimate Frisbee

5. In which year was table tennis introduced to the summer Olympics?

1972
1965
1988
1945

Run for Your Wife

Performed and recorded on March 13, 2014.

June 2021: The War Widow by Tara Moss

Sydney, 1946. Though war correspondent Billie Walker is happy to finally be home, for her the heady postwar days are tarnished by the loss of her father and the disappearance in Europe of her husband, Jack. To make matters worse, now that the war is over, the newspapers are sidelining her reporting talents to prioritize jobs for returning soldiers. But Billie is a survivor and she's determined to take control of her own future. So she reopens her late father's business, a private investigation agency, and, slowly, the women of Sydney come knocking.

At first, Billie's bread and butter is tailing cheating husbands. Then, a young man, the son of European immigrants, goes missing, and Billie finds herself on a dangerous new trail that will lead up into the highest levels of Sydney society and down into its underworld. What is the young man’s connection to an exclusive dance club and a high-class auction house? When the people Billie questions about the young man start to turn up dead, Billie is thrown into the path of Detective Inspector Hank Cooper. Will he take her seriously or will he just get in her way? As the danger mounts and Billie realizes that much more than one young man’s life is at stake, it becomes clear that though the war was won, it is far from over.

Answers to May 25 Trivia

What percentage of people travel by car on Memorial Day weekend?

15%
72%
47%
88%

What is the top Memorial Day weekend destination?

New York, New York
Orlando, FL
Washington, D.C.
Philadelphia, PA

Approximately how many Americans barbecue on Memorial Day weekend?

75%
25%
50%
90%

When in Rome

Performed and recorded on November 17, 2013.

Answers to May 18 Trivia

Which state was the first to designate Decoration Day as an official holiday?

New York
Pennsylvania
North Carolina
Virginia

What item is placed on each grave at Arlington Cemetery every year during the National Memorial Day celebration?

A paper poppy
A small American flag
A military medal
A wreath

How many soldiers are buried in Arlington National Cemetery?

50,000
10,000
400,000
1 million

What is the most popular activity people participate in on Memorial Day?

Visiting friends and family
Parade
Decorating graves
Watching war documentaries

Aprons

Performed and recorded on November 17, 2016.

Answers to May 11 Trivia

Why was May 30th chosen as the original day to celebrate Memorial Day?

It marked the start of the Civil War.
It marked the end of the Civil War.
It was the day of the first Civil War casualty.
There were no significant battles on that day in history.

In what year did Memorial Day become a legal federal holiday?

1865
1868
1942
1971

Who started the tradition of wearing red poppies on Memorial Day?

Moina Michael
Dorothea Dix
Florence Nightingale
General John Logan

Which of the following is commonly used to decorate graves on Memorial Day?

Balloons
Notes
Wreaths
Candles

12 Angry Jurors

Performed and recorded on November 14, 2009.

Answers to May 4 Trivia

What was the original name for Memorial Day?

Remembrance Day
Decoration Day
Civil War Soldier Day
The Day of Remembrance

Who is credited with starting Memorial Day?

Abraham Lincoln
Robert E. Lee
James Garfield
John Logan

The American Civil War resulted in the creation of the country’s first what?

National cemeteries
National monument
National guard
National Security Administration

Where is the official birthplace of Memorial Day?

Massachusetts
Virginia
New York
Pennsylvania

Don’t Dress for Dinner

Performed and recorded on November 14, 2014.

Answers to April 27 Trivia

Which country celebrates Anzac Day, on the 25th of April?

China
Russia
Australia
Canada

What should you be doing on the 26th of April?

Eating hotdogs
Exercising
Baking buns
Planting a tree

Which Saint celebrates his feast day on the 23rd of April?

St. Agnes
St. Joseph
St. George
St. Martin

May 2021: The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor

From The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home comes a historical novel inspired by true events, and the extraordinary female lighthouse keepers of the past two hundred years.

They call me a heroine, but I am not deserving of such accolades. I am just an ordinary young woman who did her duty.”

1838: Northumberland, England. Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands has been Grace Darling’s home for all of her twenty-two years. When she and her father rescue shipwreck survivors in a furious storm, Grace becomes celebrated throughout England, the subject of poems, ballads, and plays. But far more precious than her unsought fame is the friendship that develops between Grace and a visiting artist. Just as George Emmerson captures Grace with his brushes, she in turn captures his heart.

1938: Newport, Rhode Island. Nineteen-years-old and pregnant, Matilda Emmerson has been sent away from Ireland in disgrace. She is to stay with Harriet, a reclusive relative and assistant lighthouse keeper, until her baby is born. A discarded, half-finished portrait opens a window into Matilda’s family history. As a deadly hurricane approaches, two women, living a century apart, will be linked forever by their instinctive acts of courage and love.

Answers to April 20 Trivia

Which famous fictional character celebrates a birthday on the 17th of April?

Sherlock Holmes
Daffy Duck
Shrek
Peter Parker

What International Day is recognized on the 22nd of April?

Human Rights Day
Intergalactic Alien Day
Earth Day
International Children's Day

What city was hit by an earthquake on the 18th of April, 1906?

Rome
Madrid
Tokyo
San Francisco

Which famous writer celebrated his birthday on the 23rd of April?

Ian Fleming
Arthur Conan Doyle
William Shakespeare
Jeffery Chaucer

Answers to April 13 Trivia

If you were born in April, what would your birthstone be?

Sapphire
Emerald
Ruby
Diamond

Which classic board game is honored on the 13th of April?

Monopoly
Clue
Chess
Scrabble

The titanic hit the infamous iceberg on which day in April?

29
14
22
7

Which fat food franchise first opened its doors on April 15th, 1955?

Dairy Queen
Jack in the Box
McDonald's
A&W

Answers to April 6 Trivia

If you were born in April, what would your flower be?

Sweet Pea
Peony
Bee Balm
Foxtail

If you were born on the 15th of April, what would your zodiac sign be?

Aries
Cancer
Scorpio
Libra

Which U.S. President was born on the 13th of April 1743?

James Madison
Thomas Jefferson
John Quincy Adams
Andrew Jackson

If you were born on the 28th of April, what would your zodiac sign be?

Aquarius
Leo
Sagittarius
Taurus