One book, one community, one great opportunity to connect as Jefferson County readers. 

January 15-February 29, 2024

The Maid

by Nita Prose

"Molly Gray is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and misreads the intentions of others. Her gran used to interpret the world for her, codifying it into simple rules that Molly could live by. Since Gran died a few months ago, twenty-five-year-old Molly has been navigating life's complexities all by herself. No matter—she throws herself with gusto into her work as a hotel maid. Her unique character, along with her obsessive love of cleaning and proper etiquette, make her an ideal fit for the job. But Molly's orderly life is upended the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself dead in his bed. Before she knows what's happening, Molly's unusual demeanor has the police targeting her as their lead suspect. She quickly finds herself caught in a web of deception, one she has no idea how to untangle."  

--provided by the publisher 

What could be better than joining readers around the county in one big community read? Get a copy from your library or your favorite retailer and choose one of eight discussion groups to talk about what you've read!

Let us know you're participating with a selfie on social media! #JeffersonCountyReads

Note: Jefferson County Reads is a program for adults.

Discussion Groups

Every participating library has 10 books to give away to the first 10 registrants!

For discussion groups sponsored by Jefferson County Library, simply register with the button below for your chance at a copy. For discussion groups sponsored by De Soto, Crystal City, or Festus libraries, call or drop by your library to inquire. 

Monday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 PM

Jefferson County Library - Windsor

7479 Metropolitan Blvd.

Barnhart, MO

(636) 461-1914

Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 6 PM

Jefferson County Library - Arnold

1701 Missouri State Rd.

Arnold, MO

(636) 296-2204

Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 1 PM

De Soto Public Library

712 S. Main St.

De Soto, MO

(636) 586-3858

No registration required.

Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 6 PM

Arnold Rec Center

1695 Missouri State Rd. #2004

Arnold, MO

Sponsored by De Soto Public Library

(636) 586-3858

No registration required.

Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 10:30 AM

Jefferson County Library - Northwest

5680 Missouri PP

High Ridge, MO

(636) 677-8186

Thursday, Feb. 29 at 10:30 AM

Good Deeds Coffee House

8528 Red Rose Ct.

Cedar Hill, MO

Sponsored by Jefferson County Library - Cedar Hill

(636) 551-1020

Monday, Feb. 12 at 6 PM

Festus Public Library

400 W. Main St.

Festus, MO

(636) 937-2017

No registration required.

Thursday, Feb. 15 at 2 PM

Crystal City Public Library

736 Mississippi Ave.

Crystal City, MO

(636) 937-7166

No registration required.

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