ADULT BOOK CLUBS
Book Club Discussions are open to all, and newcomers are always welcome.
Copies of the books are available on the Hold shelf about one month in advance. Pick up a copy of any discussion book you’d like to read and take it to the Check-Out Desk. 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.
October: Falling to Earth by Kate Southwood
March 18, 1925. The day begins as any other rainy, spring day in the small settlement of Marah, Illinois. But the town lies directly in the path of the worst tornado in US history, which will descend without warning midday and leave the community in ruins.
Based on the historic Tri-State tornado, Falling to Earth follows a man and his young family in the year after the storm as they struggle to comprehend their own fate and that of their devastated town, as they watch Marah resurrect itself from the ruins, and as they miscalculate the growing resentment and hostility around them with tragic results.
Join us for a discussion of Falling to Earth:
- Tuesday, October 11, 1:00 pm
- Thursday, October 13, 6:30 pm
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 by the History Channel documentary Tornado Alley, which includes information on the Tri-State tornado of 1925. The Thursday group may meet at a downtown restaurant; check back later for the exact location.
November: Day of Infamy by Walter Lord
December brings the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and in November we’ll read and discuss the classic book Day of Infamy by Walter Lord. You are welcome to read any newer books on Pearl Harbor and bring them into the conversation as well.
Sunday, December 7, 1941, was, as President Roosevelt said, “a date which will live in infamy.” Day of Infamy is a fascinating account of that unforgettable day’s events. In brilliant detail Walter Lord traces the human drama of the great attack: the spies behind it; the Japanese pilots; the crews on the stricken warships; the men at the airfields and the bases; the generals, the sailors, the housewives, and the children who responded to the attack with anger, numbness, and magnificent courage. Lord traveled over fourteen thousand miles and spoke or corresponded with over five hundred individuals who were there. He visited each of the Hawaiian bases attacked and pored over maps, charts, letters, diaries, official files, newspapers, and twenty-five thousand pages of testimony, discovering a wealth of information that had never before been revealed. Day of Infamy is an inspiring human document and the best account we have of one of the epic events in American history.
Join us for a discussion of Day of Infamy:
- Tuesday, November 8, 1:00 pm
- Thursday, November 10, 6:30 pm
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by a showing of The History Channel Presents Pearl Harbor.
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.
September: The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi
In Paolo Bacigalupi’s novel The Water Knife, it is Angel’s job to ensure that his boss’s luxurious Las Vegas developments for the rich bloom in the desert while the poor get nothing but dust. When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in drought-ravaged Phoenix, Angel is sent to investigate. There, he encounters Lucy, a hardened journalist with no love for Vegas, and Maria, a Texas refugee who survives by her wits in a city that despises everything that she represents. For Angel, Lucy, and Maria, time is running out, and their only hope for survival rests in each other’s hands. But when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only thing for certain is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.
Join us for a discussion of The Water Knife:
- Friday, September 23, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
October: Spellwright by Blake Charlton
In Spellwright by Blake Charlton, magic is cast by writing out spells. Young Nicodemus is a gifted wizard with a problem – he is dyslexic, and his misspells could prove dangerous, even deadly.
The third book in this fantasy series came out in August.
Join the Tome Raiders for a discussion of Spellwright:
- Friday, October 28 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.
September: Ingredients: A Visual Exploration of 75 Additives & 25 Food Products by Dwight Eschliman and Steve Ettlinger
What’s really in your food? We’ve all read the ingredients label on the back of an item from the grocery store. But what do all those mysterious-sounding chemicals and additives actually do? Focusing on 75 of the most common food additives and 25 ordinary food products that contain them, photographer Dwight Eschliman and science writer Steve Ettlinger demystify the contents of processed food in Ingredients: A Visual Exploration of 75 Additives & 25 Food Products. Together they reveal what each additive looks like, where it comes from, and how and why it is used.
Join us for a discussion of Ingredients:
- Thursday, September 29 at 11:30 am at En Season (2900 W. Main St.)
October: Sweetness #9 by Stephan Eirik Clark
Stephan Eirik Clark’s novel Sweetness #9, about America’s most popular (and fictional) sweetener, takes a satirical look at food wars and American culture.
Funny and imaginative, it questions whether what we eat truly makes us who we are. You will order and pay for your own lunch.
Join us for a discussion of Sweetness #9:
- Thursday, October 27 at 11:30 am at En Season (2900 W. Main St.)