Library Programs: Book Groups
All readers welcome!
Evening book group
The book group meets the first Thursday of every other month in the library meeting room. Books, author information, and discussion questions are available at the Reference Desk. Join us and bring a friend!
Our next meeting is Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7 p.m.
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
From one of America's iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage-and a life, in good times and bad-that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child. Several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill with what seemed at first flu, then pneumonia, then complete septic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. Days later-the night before New Year's Eve-the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John Gregory Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary. In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of forty years was over. Four weeks later, their daughter pulled through. Two months after that, arriving at LAX, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to relieve a massive hematoma. This powerful book is Didion's attempt to make sense of the "weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness . . . about marriage and children and memory . . . about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself . "
Understanding our world....one book at a time
A nonfiction book group
If you are interested in gaining an understanding of the world that is deeper and broader than a sound bite, you are invited to read the following titles and join us to discuss what we've read.
Our next meeting is Tuesday, December 13 at 2 p.m.
I Am Malala: the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafsai.
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, but her miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey. I am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, and of a father who encouraged his daughter to attend school in a society that prizes sons.
Cook the Book
Stop by the Reference Desk and browse the cookbooks we have selected. Each time we meet, we try a different type of dish. In the past we've done appetizers, cookies, soups, sauces, and salads.
Choose a recipe and we will photocopy it for you. Make it at home and bring it to the library. We will all share the food we have made as well as all the recipes and our thoughts about them.
Our next meeting is Wednesday, December 8 at 1 p.m. - Tapas