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.
July: Year Zero by Rob Reid
A copyright lawyer tries to save the Earth from aliens who want our music and will stop at nothing, even the planet’s destruction, to get it.
“Hilarious, provocative, and supersmart, Year Zero is a brilliant novel to be enjoyed in perpetuity in the known universe and in all unknown universes yet to be discovered.”—John Hodgman, resident expert, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Join us for a discussion of Year Zero:
- Friday, July 24, at 6:00 pm at Hardee’s (913 E. Main St.)
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.)
Food for Thought Book Discussions
The Food for Thought discussion group meets seasonally at En Season Cafe at the Sustainable Business Center to discuss books about food and the environment.
After an epiphany caused by a harrowing bite into a pink-slime burger, Max Watman resolves to hunt, fish, bake, butcher, preserve, and pickle. He buys a thousand-pound-steer―whom he names Bubbles―raises chickens, gardens, and works to transform his small-town home into a gastronomic paradise. In this compulsively readable memoir, Watman records his experiments and adventures as he tries to live closer to the land and the source of his food.
Join us for a discussion of Harvest:
- Thursday, July 30 at 11:30 am at En Season Cafe (2900 W. Main St.)
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.)
Please register and pay for your lunch at the Reference Desk in advance of the discussions.
Copies of the discussion books are available at the library’s Check-Out Desk about one month in advance.