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 email@example.com) 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.
December book: Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen
Jobless with a PhD, Lee Lien returns home to her Chicago suburb from grad school only to find herself contending with issues she’s evaded since college.But when her brother disappears, he leaves behind an object from their mother’s Vietnam past that stirs up a forgotten childhood dream: a gold-leaf brooch, abandoned by an American reporter in Saigon back in 1965, that might be an heirloom belonging to Laura Ingalls Wilder. Lee unearths more than expected—a trail of clues and enticements that lead her from the dusty stacks of library archives to hilarious prairie life reenactments and ultimately to San Francisco, where her findings will transform strangers’ lives as well as her own.
A dazzling literary mystery about the true origins of a time-tested classic, Pioneer Girl is also the deeply moving tale of a second-generation Vietnamese daughter, the parents she struggles to honor, and the missing brother she is expected to bring home—even as her discoveries yield dramatic insights that will free her to live her own life to its full potential.
Join us for a discussion of Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen:
Tuesday,December 9, at 1:00 pm upstairs at the library
Thursday, December 11, at 6:30 pm at the library
We’ll share hot drinks, treats, and conversation after the discussion on Tuesday and during the discussion on Thursday. If you would like to bring a treat to share, please do. Copies of the book will available at the Check-Out Desk about one month in advance.
Raised by a child psychologist who was himself the author of numerous self-help books, as an adult
Jessica Lamb-Shapiro found herself both repelled and fascinated by the industry. Did all of these books, tapes, weekend seminars, groups, posters, t-shirts and trinkets really help anybody? Her book Promise Land is an irreverent tour through the vast and strange reaches of the world of self-help.
Join us for a discussion of Promise Land:
Tuesday, January 13 at 1:00 pm upstairs at the library
Thursday, January 15, at 6:30 pm at the library
(Please note, this is the third Thursday, not the second)
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by a viewing of the ultimate self-help musical, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying (©MGM, 121 minutes). Copies of the book will be available at the Check-Out Desk about one month in advance.
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.
November book: The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
Magic, romance, and intrigue combine in the first book in the Elemental Trilogy. Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s been told. Prophesied to be the savior of the Realm, it is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant 16-year-old girl with no training.
Guided by his mother’s visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life.
Join us for a discussion of The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas:
Friday, November 21, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
December book: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.
Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City. Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection.
Join us for a discussion:
Friday, December 12 at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
Copies of the books are available at the library’s Check-Out Desk.
January book: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Margaret Atwood projects us into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond our imagining. Oryx and Crake was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2003.
Join us for a discussion of Oryx and Crake:
Friday, January 23, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
(Please note, this is the fourth Friday, not the third)
Copies of the book will be available at the Check-Out Desk about one month in advance.
Food for Thought Book Discussions
The Food for Thought discussion group meets seasonally at En Season Cafe at the Sustainable Business Center. The next discussion will be in February or March of 2015.
Located at Galesburg’s Sustainable Business Center, En Season Café serves locally-grown food with an ever-changing lunch menu depending on what is in season. Entree, side dish, and drink are a flat $10 for the book club. There will be vegetarian options.
Copies of the discussion books are available at the library’s Check-Out Desk about one month in advance.