The Wednesday Afternoon Book Club meets on the 4th Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Here is the list of books to be read January thru June 2017.
January 25 – Destiny of the Republic: A tale of madness, medicine and the murder of a president.
By Candace Millard. (Nonficton)
The story of James Garfield’s rise from poverty to the American presidency, and the dramatic history of his assassination and legacy
February 22 – Everything I never told you. By Celeste Ng. (Fiction)
A gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.
March 22 – Reader’s Choice on a biography about Mae West. (Biography) Suggested titles:
Mae West: An icon in black and white. by Jill Watts.
Mae West. By George Eels and Stanley Musgrove.
She always knew how: Mae West a personal biography. by Charlotte Chandler.
Becoming Mae West. by Emily Wortis Leider.
April 26 – Big Little Lies. By Liane Moriarty. (Fiction)
A story about three different women, each at a crossroads. Little Big Lies tells about ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
May 24 – The Round House. By Louise Erdrich. (Fiction)
A story of a boy on a Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota who is on the cusp of manhood and looking for justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.
Neverhome. By Laird Hunt. (Fiction)
The story of Ash Thompson during the battle for the South during the Civil War. Through bloodshed and hysteria and heartbreak, she becomes a hero, a folk legend, a madwoman and a traitor to the American cause.
Preschool Story Hour for ages 3-5 continues on Thursdays. Miss Chris will share stories, songs, fingerplays and dance. Please call the library to register.
January 12, 19, 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27
It’s about Restoration: Stories of Heartbreak and tragedy restored by acts of love. Presented by Dean Johnson
Thursday, April 27—7 p.m.
Disasters happen all around us. What happens afterwards? Join author, restoration activist and local resident, Dean Johnson and hear about his book It’s about Restoration: Stories of heartbreak and tragedy restored by acts of love and how he and others, for 32 years, went into areas damaged by natural disasters and rebuilt homes and lives. He will share true accounts of the interactions between the Friends Disaster Service and the disaster victims.
The Heiress. (Paramount, 1949, 115 minutes)
The Tuesday Evening Book Club will be reading these titles January to July 2017. We meet on the second Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
January 10 – Between the world and me. By Ta-Nehisi Coates.
In a series of essays, written as a letter to his son, Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives.
February 14 – The Round House. By Louise Erdrich
A story of a boy’s coming of age in the wake of a brutal, racist attack on his mother on the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota.
March 14 – Being mortal: Medicine and what matters in the end. By Atul Gawande.
Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.
April 11 – The improbability of love. By Hannah Rothschild.
After her boyfriend stands her up, Annie keeps the gift that was to go to him: a unique painting, She is then is pursued by art enthusiast who would do anything to get that painting from her. In her search for the painting’s identity, Annie will unwittingly uncover some of the darkest secrets of European history—as well as the possibility of falling in love again.
May 9 – A moveable feast. By Ernest Hemingway.
A memoir of Hemingway’s time in France in the 1920s.
June 13 – The life we bury. By Allen Eskens.
Joe, a college student, writes a biography of Carl, an elderly man in a nursing home waiting to die. Carl was in prison for 30 years, and he agrees to tells his story to Joe, then Joe sets out to unravel the tapestry of the thirty-year-old murder.
July 11 – Homecoming. By Yaa Gyasi.
The story of two half-sisters in 18th century Ghana, unknown to each other and how different their lives turn out when one is sold to slavery and the other marries well.