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This Library book discussion group meets at noon on the fourth Wednesday of each month and is always open to new members. The group selects the books for discussion, which are available at the check-out desk during the month preceding the discussion. Volunteers from among the group lead the discussion, with background materials supplied by the librarian. Bring your own lunch or snack; the Library provides beverages.

Titles for upcoming months are:

November 22

X: a Novel

by Ilyasah Shabazz

X A NovelSelected by the Michigan Humanities Council at the 2017-18 Great Michigan Read.  “X:  A Novel is an engrossing tale of the arduous past of a civil rights leader, and a fine platform for engaging humanities programs and discussion across the state,” said Shelly Hendrick Kasprzycki, Executive Director.  The book explores the Michigan roots of Malcolm X, including the early life experiences, both good and bad, that molded him into one of the most prominent leaders of the twentieth century.  For more information visit: http://www.michiganhumanities.org/2017-18-great-michigan-read/

 

 

 

December 27

Wuthering Heights

by Emily Bronte

Wuthering Heights1Originally published in 1847, Wuthering Heights is the only novel written by Emily Bronte - she published it under the pseudonym “Ellis Bell” before the age of 30, and died the following year.  If only Bronte could appreciate what a classic it has become.  However it was not an instant classic.  One review after the book’s initial publication noted, “It is a compound of vulgar depravity and unnatural horrors.”  If you have never read it and always meant to, now’s the time!  Maybe it’s an all-time favorite and you’d love to come discuss it?  Either way, it will be a great time to either visit or re-visit this true classic.

 

 

 

January 24

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

by Roz Chast

Cant We Talk About Something More PeasantChast has rendered her time as an only child responsible for her aging parents into a graphic memoir that is equal parts gut-wrenching and hilarious. Using a blend of cartoons, family photos, and documents she tells an all-too-familiar story of the child becoming the adult in the relationship with elderly parents.  “[P]oignant and funny.... Despite the subject matter, the book is frequently hilarious...a homage that provides cathartic “you are not alone” support to those caring for aging parents.... [A] cartoon memoir to laugh and cry, and heal, with—Roz Chast’s masterpiece.” – Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

 

 

February 28

News of the World

by Paulette Jiles

News of the WorldA unique western and a finalist for last year’s National Book Award, News of the World is truly a study of complex relationships that will make readers question their sense of right and wrong.  In 1870 young Johanna is being raised by the same Kiowa raiders who killed her parents and sister.  Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd has been hired to deliver her to extended family in San Antonio after she is rescued from the Kiowa.  Johanna is uncivilized by Kidd’s standards, but the bond between them grows during their journey. “Lyrical and affecting, the novel succeeds in skirting clichés through its empathy and through the depth of its major characters.”  –Kirkus Reviews