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.
August book: The Confessions of Frances Godwin by Robert Hellenga
Best-selling author and Galesburg resident Robert Hellenga’s novel The Confessions of Frances Godwin is set in Galesburg and concerns a retired high school Latin teacher looking back on a life of trying to do her best amidst various transgressions.
Join us for a discussion of The Confessions of Frances Godwin:
- Tuesday, August 11, 1:00 pm
- Thursday, August 13, 6:30 pm
The Tuesday discussion will take place at the home of club member Melvin Siverly (2321 N. Broad). Meet at the library’s Reference Desk at 12:45 if you’d like to carpool to the Siverly home.
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).
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: Station Eleven by Emily S. John Mandel
A devastating flu pandemic ends civilization as we know it. Twenty years later, a small troupe of actors and musicians who call themselves The Traveling Symphony have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who threatens their existence.The story moves back and forth in time, vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed. A beautiful novel that mourns and mocks the small things we cherish.
Station Eleven was named to many of the 2014 Best Books of the Year lists.
Join us for a discussion of Station Eleven:
- 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 $10 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.