FALL Book Discussions
Dewey’s readers - The non-fiction that reads like fiction book club
Wednesday night @ 6:30 PM & Thursday afternoon @ 3:30PM
October 11th & 12th – The Winter Fortress – by Neal Bascomb
Based on a trove of top secret documents and never-before-seen diaries and letters of the saboteurs, The Winter Fortress is an arresting chronicle of a brilliant scientist, a band of spies on skies, perilous survival in the wild, sacrifice for one’s country, Gestapo manhunts, soul-crushing setbacks, and a last-minute operation that would end any chance Hitler could obtain the atomic bomb—and alter the course of the war.
November 8th & 9th - The Dogs of Bedlam Farm – by Jon Katz
Dogs of Bedlam Farm recounts a harrowing winter Katz spent on a remote, windswept hillside in upstate New York with a few life-saving friends, ugly ghosts from the past, and more livestock than any novice should attempt to manage. Heartwarming, and full of drama, insight, and hard-won wisdom, it is the story of how his several dogs forced Katz to confront his sense of humanity, and how he learned the places a dog could lead him and the ways a dog could change him.
December 13th & 14th - Book Discussions
During the year members of the group will keep a look out for books that interested them or in some way were outstanding to them and will present to the group a short book talk.
Monday Night Mysteries
4th Monday of the Month at 7:00pm
October 23rd – Blood of the Oak - by Eliot Pattison
The year is 1765, at the beginning of the Stamp Tax dissent, the first organized resistance to English rule. Duncan McCallum is drawn into the mystery of a series of murders and kidnappings that are strangely connected to the theft of an Iroquois artifact. In following the trail, he uncovers a network of secret runners supporting the nascent “committees of correspondence,” engaged in the first organized political dissent across colonial borders. When he is captured and thrown into slavery with the kidnapped runners, Duncan encounters a powerful conspiracy of highly placed English aristocrats who are bent on crushing all dissent. Inspired by an aged Native American slave and new African friends, Duncan decides not just to escape but to turn their own intrigue against the London lords.
November 27th – London Rain - by Nicola Upson
This book is the sixth in Upson’s series featuring the wonderfully flawed heroine, part-time sleuth and best-selling writer, Josephine Tey. We find ourselves in London in May 1937, during the celebration of the coronation of George VI. Josephine’s radio play is to be broadcast from the BBC as part of the coronation festivities so she gets to stalk the corridors of Broadcasting House with impunity. Into the spotlight steps a cast of characters that includes a tenacious detective chief inspector, a Machiavellian director general who pulls everybody’s strings, dubious nightclub owners and a radio announcer who has become the voice of England. Needless to say, there’s lots of scandal to go round, from political chicanery to extra-marital affairs. When the murders eventually occur, they are yet more dramatic twists in the lives of Upson’s impeccable creations.
December 18th – Fields Where They Lay – by Timothy Hallinan
It’s three days until Christmas, the halls are decked and the deck is stacked. Junior Bender, divorced father of one and burglar extraordinaire, finds himself stuck inside the Edgerton Mall. The mall is a fossil of an industry in decline; many of its stores are closed, and to make matters worse, there is a rampant shoplifting problem. The murderous Russian mobster who owns the place has decided it takes a thief to catch a thief and hires Junior—under threat—to solve the shoplifting problem for him. But Junior’s surveillance operation doesn’t go well: as Christmas Eve approaches, two people are dead and it’s obvious that shoplifting is the least of the mall’s problems. To prevent further deaths, possibly including his own, Junior must confront his dread of Christmas—both present and past.
Brown Bag Lunch - Bring a sandwich/ Salad - Drinks provided
Fourth Tuesday of the Month at 12:00
October 24th. Girl waits with a Gun - by Amy Stewart
Constance Kopp doesn’t t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, and has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her and her sisters from city to country fifteen years ago. When a powerful, ruthless factory owner runs down their buggy, a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets, and threats as he unleashes his gang on their farm. The sheriff enlists her help, and it turns out Constance has knack for outwitting (and disarming) the criminal element that might just take her back out into the world and onto a new path in life. Quick-witted and full of madcap escapades, Girl Waits with Gun is a story about one woman rallying the courage to stand up for and grow into herself with a little help from sisters and sheriffs along the way.
November 28th. Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse – by Faith SullivanNell Stillman’s road is not easy. When her boorish husband dies soon after they move to the small town of Harvester, Minnesota, Nell is alone, penniless yet responsible for her beloved baby boy, Hillyard. Not an easy fate in small-town America at the beginning of the twentieth century. In the face of nearly insurmountable odds, Nell finds strength in lasting friendships and in the rich inner life awakened by the novels she loves. She falls in love with John Flynn, a charming congressman who becomes a father figure for Hillyard. She teaches at the local school and volunteers at the public library, where she meets Stella Wheeler and her charismatic daughter Sally. She becomes a trusted friend and confidant to many of the girls in town, including Arlene and Lark Erhardt. And no matter how difficult her day, Nell ends each evening with a beloved book in her hands.
December 10th. – The Hidden Life of Trees – by Peter Wohlleben
Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.
Books are available at the Circulation desk.
ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC