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Book Club Discussion list
The library offers book clubs at different times of the day for booklovers who would like to get together to discuss popular and thought-provoking titles. Both book clubs discuss the same book each month. Ask for a Book Club book today!
The library offers book clubs at different times of the day for lovers of books who would like to get together to discuss popular and thought-provoking titles. Both Book Clubs discuss the same book each month. Book Club books are available on the Front Desk or we can place a copy on hold from another library.
Morning Booklovers Book Club The morning book club meets on Thursday mornings each month at 10 a.m.
Evening Next Page Book Club The evening book club meets on a Wednesday evening each month at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, January 11 - 6 p.m. and Thursday, January 12 at 10 a.m. Gratitude by Oliver Sacks A deeply moving testimony and celebration of how to embrace life. In January 2015, Oliver Sacks was diagnosed with a recurrence of cancer, and he shared this news in a New York Times essay that inspired readers all over the world: "I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude.... Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure." Gratitude consists of four essays that originally appeared in The New York Times, accompanied by a foreword that describes the occasion of each chapter.
Wednesday, February 8 - 6 p.m. and Thursday, February 9 - 10 a.m. Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman Britt-Marie is a socially awkward, fussy busybody who is used to being organized. When she walks out on her cheating husband and gets a job as caretaker of the dilapidated recreation center in Borg, she is woefully unprepared for the changes. But as she takes on the task of leading the supremely untalented children's soccer team to victory, she just might find a place she belongs.
Wednesday, March 8- 6 p.m. and Thursday, March 9 - 10 a.m. Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were fleeing over to the Indians -- but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the bonds of platoon life. The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may help explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered today. Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, TRIBE explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning.
Wednesday, April 5- 6 p.m. and Thursday, April 6- 10 a.m. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as five other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a â€œman of two minds,â€? a half-French, half-Vietnamese army captain who arranges to come to America after the Fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam.
Wednesday, May 3- 6 p.m. and Thursday, May 4 - 10 a.m. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave Set in London during the years of 1939-1942, when citizens had slim hope of survival, much less victory; and on the strategic island of Malta, which was daily devastated by the Axis barrage, Everyone Brave is Forgiven features little-known history and a perfect wartime love story inspired by the real-life love letters between Chris Cleave's grandparents. This dazzling novel dares us to understand that, against the great theater of world events, it is the intimate losses, the small battles, the daily human triumphs that change us most.
Wednesday, June 14 - 6 p.m. and Thursday, June 15 - 10 a.m. Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann This collection features one novella and three stories depicting people experiencing drastic life changes. An elderly man contemplates his past while fulfilling his daily routine during what will be the last hours of his life. A female American soldier assigned to night watch at an outpost in Afghanistan counts the minutes until she can make a New Year's Eve call home. A single mother wakes on the day after Christmas to discover that her disabled son has gone swimming off the coast of Galway. And in the final story, an aging Irish nun flies from Long Island to London to confront a Colombian peace negotiator who raped her decades before. Each character struggles to articulate their feelings for another.
Wednesday, July 12 - 6 p.m. and Thursday, July 13 - 10 a.m. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi The story of two half-sisters, separated by forces beyond their control: one sold into slavery, the other married to a British slaver. Written with tremendous sweep and power, Homegoing traces the generations of family who follow, as their destinies lead them through two continents and three hundred years of history, each life indelibly drawn, as the legacy of slavery is fully revealed in light of the present day.
Wednesday, August 9 - 6 p.m. and Thursday, August 10 - 10 a.m. Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry Jayber Crow, is the story of a man's love for his community and his abiding love for Mattie Chatham. An orphan at ten, Jayber grows up knowing of loneliness, and learns how to be a watchful observer of human goodness and frailty. With the flood of 1937 he returns to his native Port William to become the town's barber. Slowly, patiently, the observer becomes participant.
Wednesday, September 20 - 6 p.m. and Thursday, September 21 - 10 a.m. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind. The fates of these families are in the hands of two landlords: Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare. But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers. In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today.
Wednesday, October 18 - 6 p.m. and Thursday, October 19 - 10 a.m. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult "A woman and her husband admitted to a hospital to have a baby requests that their nurse be reassigned - they are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing in to perform CPR. When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial, represented by a white public defender who warns against bringing race into a courtroom. As the two come to develop a truer understanding of each other's lives, they begin to doubt the beliefs they each hold most dear"-- Provided by publisher.
Wednesday, November 15 - 6 p.m. and Thursday, November 16 - 10 a.m. The Little Red Chairs by Edna O'Brien A woman discovers that the foreigner she thinks will redeem her life is a notorious war criminal. Vlad, a stranger from Eastern Europe masquerading as a healer, settles in a small Irish village where the locals fall under his spell. One woman, Fidelma McBride, becomes so enamored that she begs him for a child. All that world is shattered when Vlad is arrested, and his identity as a war criminal is revealed. Fidelma, disgraced, flees to England and seeks work among the other migrants displaced by wars and persecution. But it is not until she confronts him-her nemesis-at the tribunal in The Hague, that her physical and emotional journey reaches its breathtaking climax.
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