Nonfiction Book Group September 2015

Guns, germs, and steel: the fates of human societies by Jared Diamond ?? Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this brilliant work answers the question of why the peoples of certain continents succeeded in invading other continents and conquering or displacing their peoples. Until around 11,000 BC, all peoples were still Stone Age hunter/gatherers. At that point, a great divide occurred in the rates that human societies evolved. The people who gained a head start in producing food would collide with preliterate cultures, shaping the modern world through conquest, displacement, and genocide. Join us Saturday, September 19 at 10:00 AM.

Fairytales Retold


If you love TV series like Once Upon a Time, Grimm, or Sleepy Hollow, you'll enjoy these re-tellings of classic fairytales.

Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen — Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer
cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war
that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown
woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan's rules.

Lunch and a Book August 2015

Euphoria: a novel by Lily King — English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe of New Guinea. Haunted by his brothers' deaths and frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her mercurial Australian husband Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery. When Bankson finds them a new tribe nearby--the artistic, female-dominated Tam--he ignites an intellectual and romantic firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone's control. Join us Thursday, August 13 at noon.

Lunch and a Book July 2015

Shelter: a novel by Frances Greenslade — For sisters Maggie and Jenny growing up in the Pacific mountains in the early 1970s, life felt nearly perfect. But, not long after Maggie's tenth birthday, their father is killed in a logging accident. A few months later, their mother drops them at a neighbor's house, promising to return. She never does. Even as they struggle to understand how their mother could abandon them, they hope that she is fighting her way back to the daughters who adore her and who need her so desperately. Join us Thursday, July 9 at noon.

eBook Big Library Read

The Big Library Read is a “global eBook club,” connecting readers around the world who read the same eBook (or eAudiobook) at the same time. This year's selection is Eyes on You by Kate White. The program runs from mid-day June 9 through mid-day June 23, and during this time Over Drive offers unlimited checkouts on the title. With no waiting list, you can  check the book out today!

Nonfiction Book Group June 2015

Bootstrapper: from broke to badass on a northern Michigan farm by Mardi Jo Link — When Link and her husband of 19 years call it quits, she is left with cash-flow problems and a looming divorce. She makes a seemingly impossible resolution: to hang on to her in northern Michigan farm and continue raising her three boys on well water and wood chopping. Armed with a sense of humor and three resolute accomplices, Link confronts blizzards and foxes, wrangles rampaging poultry, and withstands any blow to her pride to preserve the life she wants. Join us Saturday, June 13.

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