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
December 9 – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.
January 13 – The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
Hig somehow survived the flu pandemic that killed everyone he knows. Now his wife is gone, his friends are dead, and he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, Jasper, and a mercurial, gun-toting misanthrope named Bangley. But when a random transmission beams through the radio of his 1956 Cessna, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists outside their tightly controlled perimeter. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return and follows its static-broken trail, only to find something that is both better and worse than anything he could ever hope for.
First Thursdays, 2:00 PM
December 5 – Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle
For twenty years, Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, he distills his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith. Arranged by theme and filled with humor and generosity, these essays offer a stirring look at how full our lives could be if we could find the joy in loving others and in being loved unconditionally. These essays about universal kinship and redemption are moving examples of the power of unconditional love and the importance of fighting despair.
January 2 – Crying with Cockroaches by Marianne Du Toit
An extraordinary travel/adventure tale - a South African woman travelling solo with her two faithful horses exploring South, Central and North America over a period of almost two years. This story explores the complexities of the human and equine spirit. Heart-warming encounters with local people combined with some hair-raising moments make this book a page-turner.
The online book club is reading - Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman.