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Thursday Evening Book Discussion

August 13th, 2019 · No Comments · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch, News

Ta Da! here are the books that our Thursday evening book group has selected to read and discuss this year.

September 12th: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
A chance encounter with a handsome banker in a jazz bar on New Year’s Eve 1938 catapults Wall Street secretary Katey Kontent into the upper echelons of New York society, where she befriends a shy multimillionaire, an Upper East Side ne’er-do-well, and a single minded widow. (2011. 335 p.)

One Book One Manchester selection October 10th: KooKooLand by Gloria Norris After her father—a wise-guy who relies on charm, snappy wit and un-yielding belief that he is above the law—commits an unspeakable act of violence, young Gloria Norris, in an unconventional coming-of-age-memoir, sets herself on a path away from the cycle of violence whirling around her to carve out a good life on her terms. (2016. 355 p.)

November 14th: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
A socially awkward, routine-oriented loner teams up with a bumbling IT guy from her office to assist an elderly accident victim, forging a friend-ship that saves all three from lives of isolation and secret unhappiness. (2017. 327 p.)

December 12th: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn By Betty Smith
Born in 1901 in the slums of Brooklyn, Francie Nolan has grown up under the burden of suffering that is the lot of the city’s poor. Romantic like her father, an Irish singing waiter, yet pragmatic like her mother, a house cleaner and fierce survivor, Francie uses her imagination and tenacity to thrive in the world in spite of harsh conditions. (1947. 420 p.)

January 9th: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
“As a leading researcher in the field of biology, Robin Wall Kimmerer understands the delicate state of our world. But as an active member of the Potawatomi nation, she senses and relates to the world through a way of knowing far older than any science. In Braiding Sweetgrass, she intertwines these two modes of awareness-the analytic and the emotional, the scientific and the cultural-to ultimately reveal a path toward healing the rift that grows between people and nature. (2013. 390 p.)

February 13th: Becoming by Michelle Obama
An intimate memoir by the former first lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her remarkable life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago through her setbacks and achievements in the White House. (2018. 426 p.)

March 12th: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The evolution and eventual decadence of a small South American town is mirrored in the family history of the Buendias. (1970. 422 p.)

April 9th: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Viewed with suspicion in the aftermath of a tragedy, a beautiful hermit who has survived for years in a marsh becomes targeted by unthinkable forces. (2018. 370 p.)

May 14th: Dubliners by James Joyce
In this collection of masterful stories, steeped in realism, James Joyce creates an exacting portrait of his native city, showing how it reflects the general decline of Irish culture and civilization. (1926. 288 p.)

Everyone is welcome to join the book club, whether it is for the whole year or for one or two meetings. For more information please call Steve at 624-6550 ext. 33223. See you at the book discussion!

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