Words on Wednesday: "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown

Words on Wednesday: "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

This New York Times best-selling book is the story of the 1936 University of Washington men's crew team, who beat their rival California, defeated the Ivy League's top oarsmen, and, against all odds, ended up as America's Olympic team. Consequently, they upset Hitler's intended display of German superiority at the 1936 Olympics. 

In Words on Wednesday, expect stimulating conversation about fiction and nonfiction titles selected by Adult and Teen Services librarians. Copies are available at the Main Library one month before the discussion.

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
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Brown Bag: "I Remember You"

Brown Bag: "I Remember You"

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Partly based on a true story, I Remember You: A Ghost Story, introduces Freyr, a young doctor, asked by the police to help investigate the apparent suicide of an elderly woman who was obsessed with Freyr's missing son. He becomes increasingly disturbed by what he finds out, especially when it involves the son he presumed dead.

Brown Bag is a lunchtime mystery lover's book group. Pack your own lunch and join us to discuss these suspenseful stories. Books are available at Dole Branch one month before the discussion.

Location: 
Dole Branch
Event Type: 
Detection by Daylight: "Devil in a Blue Dress"

Detection by Daylight: "Devil in a Blue Dress"

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

In Los Angeles of the late 1940s, Easy Rawlins, a black war veteran, has lost his job when a man walks in offering good money if he will simply locate a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs. This book won several awards for best first novel.

Detection by Daylight is devoted to reading and discussing detective mysteries in series and non-series form. Bring your lunch (if you like), enjoy cookies and coffee on us, and engage in great discussions. Titles are available at Maze Branch one month before the discussion.

Location: 
Maze Branch
Event Type: 
Words on Wednesday: "March" by Geraldine Brooks

Words on Wednesday: "March" by Geraldine Brooks

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Set during the U.S. Civil War, this Pulitzer Prize-winning book is the story of a man, known only as March, who goes to war resolute in what he believes, only to have those beliefs questioned at every turn. March is also known as "Pop," the absent father of Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women. Brooks excels in bringing history to life with rich characters and the detailed descriptions of the times in which they lived. 

Location: 
Main Library
Second Floor - Book Discussion Room
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Lives They Lived: "My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life"

Lives They Lived: "My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life"

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Gourmet (the magazine) is over. What now?

That's the question editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl asks herself when Conde Nast abruptly closes down the 69 year-old institution. Her answer: My Kitchen Year, a year's worth of journal entries on food, family, and friendship. Photographs and recipes capture the seasons, the food, and the joy Reichl finds rediscovering simple pleasures and ordinary things of everyday life.  

Location: 
Maze Branch
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Brown Bag: "The Fatal Touch"

Brown Bag: "The Fatal Touch"

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

In the second installment of the Commissario Alec Blume series, Blume investigates the murder of the infamous art forger Henry Treacy. As the search continues, Blume finds various tools used by the forger, including biographical notes and several paintings. This discovery makes Blume suspect that there lies a more sinister plot.

Brown Bag is a lunchtime mystery lover's book group. Pack your own lunch and join us to discuss these suspenseful stories. Books are available at Dole Branch one month before the discussion.

Location: 
Dole Branch
Event Type: 
"A Moveable Feast": Book Discussion with Library Director David Seleb

"A Moveable Feast": Book Discussion with Library Director David Seleb

Monday, July 11, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Explore Ernest Hemingway's Moveable Feast, a memoir detailing the author's years in Paris, the city that sparked his writing and that of other literary luminaries. David Seleb, Executive Director of the Oak Park Public Library and president of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, will lead this book discussion. 

Location: 
Offsite
Oak Park Art League
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Detection by Daylight: "Presumed Innocent"

Detection by Daylight: "Presumed Innocent"

Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Rusty Sabich's boss, the DA, is in a bitter campaign for re-election, and a fellow prosecutor has been brutally murdered. The investigation uncovers corruption, deceit, depravity, and incompetence in a large midwestern city that sounds very familiar. First in a series of books about Kindle County.

Detection by Daylight is devoted to reading and discussing detective mysteries in series and non-series form. Bring your lunch (if you like), enjoy cookies and coffee on us, and engage in great discussions. Titles are available at Maze Branch one month before the discussion.

Location: 
Maze Branch
Event Type: 
Brown Bag: "Fatal Enquiry"

Brown Bag: "Fatal Enquiry"

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

In the sixth installment of the Cyrus Barker and Thomas Llewelyn mystery series, Barker is once again faced with the aristocrat sociopath Sebastian Nightwine. In order to help the British government, Nightwine is granted immunity for all of his past crimes, but his release puts Cyrus and Thomas in the gravest danger of their lives.

Brown Bag is a lunchtime mystery lover's book group. Pack your own lunch and join us to discuss these suspenseful stories. Books are available at Dole Branch one month before the discussion.

Location: 
Dole Branch
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