Book Discussion Groups & Great Ideas Discussion Group
Book groups are open to anyone, just read the book and come to the meetings, which are generally held in the library conference room. To see what kits are available, go to Books in a Bag to see the complete list and descriptions.
Great Ideas Schedule lists all of the upcoming Great Ideas topics and discussion times.
Second Mondays, 7:00 PM
June 10 - Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson
Every day Christine wakes up not knowing where she is. Her memories disappear every time she falls asleep. Her husband, Ben, is a stranger to her, and he's obligated to explain their life together on a daily basis – all the result of a mysterious accident that made Christine an amnesiac. With the encouragement of her doctor, Christine starts a journal to help jog her memory every day. One morning, she opens it and sees that she's written three unexpected and terrifying words: "Don't trust Ben." Suddenly everything her husband has told her falls under suspicion. What kind of accident caused her condition? Who can she trust? At the heart of this novel is the petrifying question: How can anyone function when they can't even trust themselves?
July 8 - Room by Emma Donoghue
Jack and his mother, who was kidnapped seven years earlier when she was a 19-year-old college student, celebrate his fifth birthday. They live in a tiny, 11-foot-square soundproofed cell in a converted shed in the kidnapper's yard. The sociopath, whom Jack has dubbed Old Nick, visits at night, grudgingly doling out food and supplies. But Ma, as Jack calls her, proves to be resilient and resourceful--and attempts a nail-biting escape
First Thursdays, 2:00 PM
June 6- Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancerby Nancy Brinker
Suzy and Nancy Goodman were more than sisters. For three decades, nothing could separate them. Then Suzy got sick. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1977; three agonizing years later, at thirty-six, she died. Nancy’s mission to change the way the world talked about and treated breast cancer took on added urgency when she was herself diagnosed with the disease in 1984. Unlike her sister, Nancy survived and went on to make Susan G. Komen for the Cure into the most influential health charity in the country.Promise Me is a deeply moving story of family and sisterhood, thedemocratization of a disease, and a soaring affirmative to the question: Can one person truly make a difference?
July 11 - Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.
The online book club is reading - Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman.