All is not well in Belle Vue, a village in the Belgian Congo. A horrible storm has literally divided the community in half. Long time residents begin to disappear and a sudden influx of strangers is just arriving. Danger seems to be everywhere. Once again, American missionary Amanda, Police Chief Captain Pierre Jardin, and the local witch doctor and his wise-woman wife, Cripple, team up to investigate. To figure out the mysteries of the present, they must first become embroiled in a mystery from the past which involved bizarre sexual rituals and cannibalism.
Join us at Maze to discuss "Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital" by Sheri Fink. As the flood waters rose after Hurricane Katrina, patients, staff, and families who sheltered in New Orleans Memorial Hospital faced a crisis far worse than the storm itself. Without power, an evacuation plan, or strong leadership, caregiving became chaotic, and exhausted doctors and nurses found it difficult to make even the simplest decisions. Unfortunately, when it came to making the hardest decisions, some of them seem to have failed.
In this book, you will journey through the world of outliers. You will learn the secrets of software billionaires, why people of certain cultures are better at academic performance, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. You will learn that culture, family and other factors, rather than just having a high IQ, contribute immensely in making a person successful. Join us to discuss this inspiring book by Malcolm Gladwell.
Copies of the book will be available at the Main Library a month before the discussion.
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.
Join us at Maze to discuss the Nicholas Bracewell mysteries. It is 1588 and Queen Elizabeth I is on the throne of England. Theater companies are sprouting up but can easily be shut down if their plays do not conform to the politics of the time. Matters become dangerous when one of the acting company is murdered. Lord Westfield's Men is managed by Nicholas Bracewell who must investigate all manner of crimes connected with this theater group.
Author Anne Lamott explores how we can find meaning and peace when life lurches out of balance. Even through the loud and frantic times, we are allowed to recapture wholeness after a loss and to locate our true identities. All are welcome to attend. Books are available at the Dole Branch Library one month before the discussion.
Maze Branch Library will be closed due to extreme weather Tuesday, Jan. 28. The Nothing to Envy discussion will take place Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 pm.
This months' book is Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick.Following the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years, Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive totalitarian regime in the world today.
Before World War II, many Japanese mail-order brides came to the U.S. to make a life for themselves. The author depicts a delicate and heartbreaking portrait of these women. Join us to discuss this remarkable book.
Copies of The Buddha in the Attic will be available for pick up on the second floor of Main Library one month before the discussion.
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We will be discussing "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" by John Green & David Levithan. Copies will be available at Main & Dole.
The extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history. All are welcome to attend. Books are available at the Dole Branch Library one month before the discussion.