ADULT BOOK CLUBS
Book Club Discussions are open to all, and newcomers are always welcome.
Copies of the books are available at the Check-Out Desk about one month in advance. Please contact Jane at the Reference Desk (309-343-6118 or firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions about the clubs.
Tuesday/Thursday Book Discussions
The Tuesday Book Club meets at the library the second Tuesday of each month at 1:00 PM. The Thursday Book Club meets the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM. The groups read and discuss a novel half the time and a nonfiction work half the time.
On July 19, 1989, as hundreds of rescue workers waited on the ground, United Airlines Flight 232 wallowed drunkenly over the bluffs northwest of Sioux City, Iowa. The plane slammed onto the runway and burst into a vast fireball. The rescuers didn’t move at first: nobody could possibly survive that crash. And then people began emerging from the summer corn that lined the runways. Miraculously, 184 of 296 passengers lived.
Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors, crew, and airport and rescue personnel, Laurence Gonzales, a commercial pilot himself, captures the harrowing journey of pilots flying a plane with no controls and flight attendants keeping their calm in the face of certain death. He plumbs the hearts and minds of passengers as they pray, bargain with God, plot their strategies for survival, and sacrifice themselves to save others. An unforgettable drama of the triumph of heroism over tragedy and human ingenuity over technological breakdown, Flight 232 is a masterpiece in the tradition of the greatest aviation stories ever told.
Join us for a discussion of Flight 232:
- Tuesday, September 8, 1:00 pm
- Thursday, September 10, 6:30 pm
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by a showing of the Smithsonian Channel Air Disasters: Impossible Landing episode (46 minutes).
October book: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change more than just one cranky old man.
Join us for a discussion of A Man Called Ove:
- Thursday, October 8, 6:30 pm
- Tuesday, October 13, 1:00 pm
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by a showing of the Globe Trekker episode Planet Food: Scandinavia (50 minutes).
Science Fiction/Fantasy Discussion Group
The Tome Raiders Science Fiction/Fantasy Discussion Group meets once a month on a Friday, usually the third of the month.
August: Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
Yarvi succeeds to the throne of Gettland when his father and elder brother are killed. But Yarvi is a reluctant king. Because of a deformed hand, he has always felt an inadequate son to his father and now an inadequate king. Treachery from his uncle ends with Yarvi enslaved, but he swears to avenge his father and take back the throne.
Join us for a discussion of Half a King:
- Friday, August 28, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
September: The Martian by Andy Weir
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
A movie version starring Matt Damon is coming out in October.
Join us for a discussion of The Martian:
- Friday, September 18, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
Food for Thought Book Discussions
The Food for Thought discussion group meets seasonally at En Season Restaurant at the Sustainable Business Center to discuss books about food and the environment.
Attendees order and pay for their own lunch, usually around $8-12 for entree, side, and drink.
We’ll read something light during these lazy days of summer. This book is the first in a cozy mystery series about the owner of a tea shop in Charleston. Enjoy a discussion over a healthy lunch at En Season.
Join us for a discussion of Death by Darjeeling:
- Thursday, August 27 at 11:30 am at En Season Cafe (2900 W. Main St.)
September: Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us by Murray Carpenter
Journalist Murray Carpenter has been under the influence of a drug for nearly three decades. And he’s in good company, because chances are you’re hooked, too. Humans have used caffeine for thousands of years. It can make you stronger, faster, and more alert, but it’s not perfect, and its role in health concerns like obesity and anxiety will surprise you.
Making stops at the coffee farms of central Guatemala, a synthetic caffeine factory in China, and an energy shot bottler in New Jersey, among numerous other locales around the globe,Caffeinated exposes the high-stakes but murky world of caffeine.
Join us for a discussion of Harvest:
- Thursday, September 24 at 11:30 am at En Season Cafe (2900 W. Main St.)
Copies of the discussion books are available at the library’s Check-Out Desk about one month in advance.