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.
November book: Full Body Burden by Kristin Iversen
Full Body Burden is a haunting work of narrative nonfiction about a young woman growing up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear weapons plant once designated “the most contaminated site in America.” It’s the story of a childhood and adolescence in the shadow of the Cold War, in a landscape at once startlingly beautiful and—unknown to those who lived there—tainted with invisible yet deadly particles of plutonium.
As this memoir unfolds, it reveals itself as a brilliant work of investigative journalism—a detailed and shocking account of the government’s sustained attempt to conceal the effects of the toxic and radioactive waste released by Rocky Flats, and of local residents’ vain attempts to seek justice in court.
Join us for a discussion of Full Body Burden by Kristen Iversen:
Tuesday, November 11, at 1:00 pm upstairs at the library
Thursday, November 13, at 6:30 pm at the library
The Tuesday discussion will be followed at 2:00 pm by a viewing of the Frontline documentary Nuclear Aftershocks (©PBS, 60 minutes). Copies of the book are available at the Check-Out Desk.
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.
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.
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 (after November) will be in February or March of 2015.
November book: The Big Thirst by Charles Fishman
Enjoy a healthy lunch and a discussion of The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water by Charles Fishman at En Season Café.
Join us for a discussion:
Thursday, November 13, at 11:30 am at En Season Café (2900 W. Main St)
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. Register and pay for your lunch (a flat $10) at the Reference Desk by 8:00 pm November 12. There will be vegetarian options.
Copies of the discussion books are available at the library’s Check-Out Desk about one month in advance.