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.

Lunch and a Book May 2015

The all-girl filling station's last reunion: a novel by Fannie Flagg ?? Spanning decades, generations, and America in the 1940s and today, The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion is a fun-loving mystery about an Alabama woman today, and five women who in 1943 worked in a Phillips 66 gas station, during the WWII years. Like Fannie Flagg's classic Fried Green Tomatoes, this is filled to the brim with Flagg's trademark funny voice and storytelling magic. Join us Thursday May 14 at noon.

Nonfiction Book Group May 2015

A 1,000-mile walk on the beach: one woman's trek of the perimeter of Lake Michigan by Loreen Niewenhuis ?? In 2009, Loreen Niewenhuis walked completely around Lake Michigan. Most of the walk was done solo, an adventure in discovery of self and place. She conveys a sense of the magnitude of the lake she loves, a place so elemental to the states which form its shores. From a ground-level perspective, the book explores the natural and human history of Lake Michigan and raises important questions about preserving our wild places and protecting fragile ecosystems on which we all depend. Join us May 16 at 10:00 am.

Overdrive App Now Offers Dyslexic Font

The most recent version of the OverDrive app has a number of enhancements including the option to select a dyslexic font when reading eBooks. Standard typefaces are often difficult to read for people with dyslexia as the letters are hard to differentiate and words tend to jumble together. Dyslexic fonts provide greater contrast in letters which solves this problem.

To select the dyslexic font tap the center of your device’s screen when reading a title and choose the font options button. Then simply select which dyslexic font you’d like to use. As always, you can also adjust the spacing, font size and screen color to make your reading experience more enjoyable.

Nonfiction Book Group April 2015

On Saturday April 18 at 10 AM we will be discussing:

Flash boys: a Wall Street revolt by Michael Lewis ?? A small group of Wall Street guys figure out that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and that, post-financial crisis, the markets have become not more free but less, and more controlled by the big Wall Street banks. Working at different firms, they come to this realization separately; but after they discover one another, the flash boys band together and set out to reform the financial markets.

Lunch and a Book April 2015

Join us Thursday, April 9 at noon as we discuss:

The end of night: searching for natural darkness in an age of artificial light by Paul Bogard ?? A deeply panoramic tour of the night, from its brightest spots to the darkest skies we have left. A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, most of us no longer experience true darkness. Paul Bogard restores our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art.

Lunch and a Book March 2015

Join us Thursday, March 12 at noon as we discuss:

Orphan train by Christina Baker Kline — Between 1854 and 1929, orphan trains carried thousands of abandoned children from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest. Vivian Daly was one such child, sent from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet existence on the coast of Maine. But hidden in her attic are vestiges of a turbulent past. Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes, she discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they appear.

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