Monday Evening Book Discussion

Mondays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Copies available at the first floor Reader Assistance Desk. Sign up: 847-358-5881 ext. 132.

January 18

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

by Anthony Marra

A local doctor protects an eight-year-old girl during the Chechen war with Russia.

(Available December 21)

Small Blessings book jacketFebruary 15

Small Blessings

by Martha Woodroof

The inspiring tale of a small-town college professor, a remarkable new woman, and the ten-year-old son he never knew he had.

(Available January 18)

March 21

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

by Denise Kiernan

The story of the women who worked in Oak Ridge, Tennessee during WWII as part of the Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb.

(Available February 15)

Euphoria book jacketApril 18

Euphoria

by Lily King

Three young, gifted anthropologists of the 1930’s are caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives.

(Available March 21)

 

Friday Morning Book Discussion

Fridays, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Copies available at the first floor Reader Assistance Desk.  Sign up: 847-358-5881 ext. 132.

January 8

Book Share

Share your favorite books of the past year with other readers.

Girls of Atomic City book jacketFebruary 5

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

by Denise Kiernan

The story of the women who worked in Oak Ridge, Tennessee during WWII as part of the Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb.

(Available January 8)

March 4

Euphoria

by Lily King

Three young, gifted anthropologists of the 1930’s are caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives.

(Available February 5)

Everything i Never Told You book jacketApril 1

Everything I Never Told You

by Celeste Ng

When the body of the teenage daughter of a Chinese American couple is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.

(Available March 4)

Great Books

Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Copies of Great Conversations 6 are available for $25 at the second floor Reference Desk.

Join the group anytime. For questions, call x166.

Great Conversations 6 book coverJanuary 19

The Lifted Veil

by George Eliot

February 16

The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg

by Mark Twain

March 15

On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life (selection)

by Friedrich Nietzsche

April 19

Devil Baby at Hull House

by Jane Addams

 

Non-Fiction Book Discussion

Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Copies available at the second floor Reference Desk. To sign up call 847-358-5881 ext. 167.

January 14

Hitler’s Furies: German Women in the Nazi Killing Fields

by Wendy Lower

A history of the role of German women in the Holocaust revealing their roles as plunderers, witnesses, and executioners on the Eastern front, responding to what they believed as Nazi opportunities.

(Available December 14)

Visit Sunny Chernobyl book jacketFebruary 11

Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures in the World’s Most Polluted Places

by Andrew Blackwell

Equal parts travelogue, exposé, environmental memoir, and faux guidebook, Blackwell careens through the worst environmental disaster areas in the world.

(Available January 14)

March 10

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid : A Memoir

by Bill Bryson

The author describes growing up as a member of the baby boom generation in the heart of Iowa, detailing his fantasy life as a superhero known as the Thunderbolt Kid.

(Available February 11)

Where the Sky Began book jacketApril 14

Where The Sky Began: Land of the Tallgrass Prairie

by John Madson

Less than .01% of the prairie that existed in Illinois presettlement still exists. Madson writes lyrically of the awe experienced by travelers as they encountered the prairie for the first time on their way West.

(Available March 10)