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.

West of Sunset book jacket

November 21

West of Sunset

by Stewart O’Nan

A tale inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last years in Hollywood finds him reflecting on past events at the height of the Jazz Age while falling in love, struggling to hold his family together and penning The Last Tycoon. Available October 17

 

 

 

 

Station Eleven jacket

January 16

Station Eleven

by Emily St. John Mandel

This ambitious novel examines the collapse of civilization after a deadly flu wipes out most of the world’s population.

Available November 21.

 

 

 

 

Daughters of the Samurai book jacket

February 20

Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back

by Janice Nimura

Three young girls leave Japan in the 1870s, are educated in the United States, and return to Japan after 10 years, determined to revolutionize women’s education.

Available January 16.

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.

Daughters of the Samurai book jacket

December 2

Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back

by Janice Nimura

Three young girls leave Japan in the 1870s, are educated in the United States, and return to Japan after 10 years, determined to revolutionize women’s education.

Available January 16.

 

 

 

 

January 6

Book Share

Bring a book you have enjoyed reading to share with the group.

 

 

 

 

The Death of Ivan Ilyich book jacket

February 3

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

by Leo Tolstoy

As an unusual illness plagues Russian public official Ivan Ilyich, his life is forever changed as he deals with a certain death sentence and doctors who cannot diagnose or treat him. Available January 6.

Great Books

 

Great Conversations 6 book cover

 

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

We are reading this selection from Great Conversations 6, a collection of poetry, philosophy, short stories, essays, and a play. Copies of Great Conversations 6 are available for $25 at the second floor Reference Desk and will be used through 2017. Join the group anytime. For questions, call x166.

 

 

 

 

R.U.R. book jacket

January 17

R.U.R.

by Karel Čapek

 

 

 

February 21

My Confession

by Mary McCarthy

 

 

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.

 

 

When Books Went to War book jacket

January 12

When Books went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win WWII

by Molly Guptill Manning

During WWII, the War Department and publishers distributed 120 million books to servicemen in the field. This program saved some classics from obscurity and revived the idea of cheap paperbacks for the masses.

 

 

 

 

When Breath Becomes Air book jacket

February 9

When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi

Before passing away in 2015, Paul Kalanithi, a promising young neurosurgeon, grapples with a terminal diagnosis, his sense of identity, his remaining time, and examines what makes a meaningful life.

 

 

 

 

Thursday, December 1

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Author Uma Girish Visits!

Grief: Transforming Pain into Purpose