Book Group

Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully - The survivors club: the secrets...

Each second of the day, someone in America faces a crisis, whether it's a car accident, violent crime, serious illness, or financial trouble. Given the inevitability of adversity, we all wonder: Who beats the odds and who surrenders? Why do some people bounce back and others give up? How can I become the kind of person who survives and thrives? The Survivors Club by author Ben Sherwood reveals the hidden side of survival and gives a much needed edge when adversity strikes. All are welcome to attend. Books are available at the Dole Branch Library one month before the discussion.

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Maze Nonfiction Book Discussion: Jane Addams: Spirit in Action

Join us at Maze to discuss Jane Addams: Spirit in Action by Louise W. Knight.Jane Addams was a leading statesperson in an era when few imagined such possibilities for women. Starting in Chicago as a co-founder of the nation's first settlement house, Hull House--a community center where people of all classes and ethnicities could gather--Addams became a grassroots organizer and a partner of trade unionists, women, immigrants, and African Americans seeking social justice.

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Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully - The Antidote: Happiness for People...

What is the meaning of happiness? Can we agree on what “happiness” means? Are we engaged in a futile pursuit? Or are we just going about it the wrong way? Turning decades of self-help advice on its head, Author Oliver Burkeman introduces us to an unusual group of people who share a single, surprising way to think about life. There is an alternative path to happiness and success that involves embracing failure, pessimism, insecurity, and uncertainty; a totally original approach to self-help.All are welcome to attend.

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Words on Wednesday: "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena"

In rural Checnya, a young girl watches as her father is taken in the night by Russian soldiers. At a nearby hospital, a world-class surgeon tends to soldiers and rebels injured by landmines. In A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, readers slip in and out of their lives and back and forth in time as author Anthony Marra explores what it means to survive in a time of war. Join us to discuss this remarkable book.

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

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Read & Reflect - A History of the World in Six Glasses

Whatever your favorite cocktail is, when you pour yourself a drink, you have the past in a glass. Tom Standage, digital editor of The Economist, opens a window into the past in this tour of six beverages - beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola. He has the ability to connect the smallest details to the big picture. These drinks influenced pivotal eras of world history, from humankind’s adoption of agriculture to the dawn of globalization. A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century.

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The Mysterious History of England : Death and the Chapman

Bring your lunch and join us in our discussion of Death and the Chapman by Kate Sedley. Set in 1471 during the reign of Edward IV. Roger Chapman (failed monastic turned itinerant peddler) stumbles upon the disappearance of several men from the same tavern, finds himself caught up in the mystery and incurs the indebtedness of the king and his brother, the Duke of York.

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Inspiration: Living Life Mindfully - Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be...

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. In Daring Greatly, researcher and thought leader, Dr. Brene Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research and unflattering examples of her own life, she argues that vulnerability is not a weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. All are welcome to attend. Books are available at the Dole Branch Library one month before the discussion.

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Maze Nonfiction Book Discussion:Gang Leader for a Day

Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets by Sudhir Venkatesh
First described in Freakonomics, this is the story of how a University of Chicago grad student managed to gain entrée into the Black Kings street gang and what he learned about the crack-selling business and the gang’s complex organizational structure.
Copies of Gang Leader for a Day 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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Read & Reflect - Boys in the Boat

Daniel James Brown’s book Boys in a Boat, tells the story of the University of Washington’s eight-oar rowing crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936.

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Words on Wednesday: "Behind the Beautiful Forevers"

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Boo takes a look at the bleak lives of the slum-dwellers in Mumbai, India. The author craftfully brings to life these residents. She allows the readers to know them, and appreciate their coping skills, in a world that’s atrocious to them. Join us to discuss this multiple award-winning book.

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