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.
A. J. Fikry, the irritable owner of Island Books, has recently endured some tough years. He has given up on people, and even the books in his store are yet another reminder of a world that is changing too rapidly. That is until a most unexpected occurrence gives him the chance to make his life over and see things anew. Join us to discuss this bestseller.
Copies of the book will be available at the Main Library a month before the discussion.
Each month we'll ask you to make two recipes from a designated cookbook: we'll choose the first recipe and ask you to make it at home; you choose the second and bring it to our discussion to share.We'll meet to discuss both recipes and to sample the one you chose. We'll have a potluck of tasty treats! This month's selection is Mark Bittman's Kitchen Express by Mark Bittman, and our recipe choice is Jerk Chicken. Copies of the book are available at Maze one month prior to the event.
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.
In The Golden Egg, Commissario Brunetti looks into the suspicious death of a deaf and mentally handicapped man who worked at the neighborhood dry cleaners. Why would anyone want this sweet, simple-minded man dead? All are welcome to attend. Books are available at the Dole Branch Library one month before the discussion.