Book Discussion Groups & Great Ideas Discussion Group
Book groups are open to anyone, just read the book and come to the meetings, which are generally held in the library conference room. To see what kits are available, go to Books in a Bag to see the complete list and descriptions.
Great Ideas Schedule lists all of the upcoming Great Ideas topics and discussion times.
Second Mondays, 7:00 PM
May 12 - The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.
June 9 - The Milagro Beanfield War by John Nichols
Often called a political/Southwest/comic/environmental novel, Milagro is all of these and more. This story takes place in the dirt-poor town of Milagro. There, a fight brews between the small farmers and sheepmen, against the Anglo water barons and power broker developers. The tale of Milagro's rising is wildly comic, a vivid portrayal of a town that, half-stumbling and partly prodded, gropes its way toward its own stubborn salvation.
First Thursdays, 2:00 PM
May 1 - The Grace of Silence: A Family Memoir by Michele Norris
While exploring the conversation on race unfolding in the wake of President Obama’s election, Michele Norris discovered that there were painful secrets within her own family that had been withheld from her. These revelations—from her father’s shooting by a Birmingham police officer to her maternal grandmother’s job as an itinerant Aunt Jemima in the Midwest—inspired a bracing journey into her family’s past, from her childhood home in Minneapolis to her ancestral roots in the Deep South. The result is an extraordinary family memoir that explores the power of silence and secrets and examines racial legacy and what it means to be an American.
June 5 - Karma Gone Bad: How I Learned to Love Mangos, Bollywood, and Water Buffalo by Jenny Feldon
When Jenny's husband gets transferred to India for work, she looks forward to a new life filled with glamorous expat friends and exciting adventures. What she doesn't expect is endless bouts of food poisoning, buffalo in the streets, and crippling loneliness in one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Jenny struggles to fight off depression and anger as her sense of self and her marriage begin to unravel. But after months of bitterness and takeout pizza, Jenny realizes what the universe has been trying to tell her all along: India doesn't need to change. She does. This is the true story of a Starbucks-loving city girl finding beauty in the chaos and making her way in the land of karma