Book Group

genre X: Night Film

genre X is on tour! Join us for our monthly book discussion for readers in their 20s and 30s, now popping up at a new location each month. July's selection is Night Film by Marisha Pessl. Join us to discuss at Piggyback Tavern, 410 Circle Ave., Forest Park.

Copies of the book will be available at the Main Library a month before the discussion.

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Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: The Guns of August

Join us to discuss The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman.
As we begin to commemorate the centennial of the First World War, read this Pulitzer Prize winning history which brings to life the people and events which led up to war -- how the war started and why, and why it couldn't be stopped.
This discussion is part of our nonfiction series, Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction. Copies of The Guns of August will be available at Maze Branch a month before the discussion. Library book discussions are open to all who are committed to reading and talking about books.

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Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: The Color of Water

Join us to discuss The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride. This book is a testament to one woman's true heart, solid values, and indomitable will. Ruth Jordan battled not only racism but also poverty to raise her children and, despite being sorely tested, never wavered.
This discussion is part of our nonfiction series, Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction. Copies of The Color of Water. will be available at Maze Branch a month before the discussion. Library book discussions are open to all who are committed to reading and talking about books.

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Mysterious History of England: Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor

Join us to discuss Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron. It's 1803 and due to the madness of King George, England is about to come under the Regency of the Prince-Regent (soon to be George IV). "Jane Austen," now 28, is compelled to find out the truth behind the death of her friend's very wealthy husband.

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The Mysterious History of England: Blind Justice

Join us to discuss Blind Justice by Bruce Alexander.
It's 1768 and King George III reigns. Sir John Fielding and his brother Henry Fielding (the novelist) have formed London's first police force, the Bow Street Runners. Sir John is a magistrate - and blind - so he uses Jeremy Proctor as his eyes to uncover the truth in cases appearing before him.

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Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully - Promise Me

Nancy and Susan Goodman, sisters born in the mid-1940s to a businessman and his community-active wife in Peoria, Ill., both developed breast cancer, but Susan died from it at age 37 in 1980. On a deathbed promise to her sister, Nancy vowed to bring breast cancer out in the open, force people to "talk about it," and find funding for a cure. In 1982, Nancy began Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which has raised more than a billion dollars for breast-cancer research and spawned a worldwide pink-ribbon phenomenon. All are welcome to attend.

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Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully - The Last Lecture

What wisdom would you impart to the world if you knew it was our last chance? If you had to vanish tomorrow, what would you want as your legacy? When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave--"Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams"--wasn't about dying. It was about living. All are welcome to attend. Books are available at the Dole Branch Library one month before the discussion.

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Read & Reflect - The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

The last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic, On the Nature of Things, by Lucretius, was a beautiful poem of the most dangerous ideas. The universe functioned without the aid of gods, religious fear was damaging to human life, and matter was made up of very small particles in eternal motion, colliding and swerving in new directions.

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Read & Reflect - The Warmth of Other Suns

Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson examines the Great Migration of African-Americans from World War I to the 1970s. Interviewing more than 1,200 people, she focuses mainly on the personal stories of three Southern African-Americans who uprooted their lives to move to other parts of America.

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Brown Bag - Murder as a Fine Art

An artist of death prepares himself for his greatest creation—the gruesome slaughter of a young shop owner and his family. East Londoners hadn’t seen such horrific murders since a man named John Williams also killed a shopkeeper and his family in a nearby neighborhood. The new crime finds Detective Inspector Shawn Ryan assigned to this case. In his investigation, he considers Thomas De Quincey a suspect. An opium addict and author of the essay, “On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts,”De Quincey glorifies in horrific details the Williams killings as sublime art.

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