Book Group

The Mysterious History of England: Dissolution

This month's mystery is Dissolution by C. J. Sansom. Henry VIII has ordered the dissolution of the monasteries. At the monastery of Scarnsea, events have spiraled out of control with the murder of the king’s commissioner and Matthew Shardlake, a lawyer, is sent to investigate.
Copies of Dissolution will be available at Maze Branch a month before the discussion. This book discussion is part of our lunchtime series "The Mysterious History of England" Library book discussions are open to all who are committed to reading and talking about books.

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Southern Fiction: The Invention of Wings

Join us at Maze to take a wonderful journey back to our Southern roots!Whether you are from the South and want to go back or if you've always wanted to live there, these books will satisfy that yearning with stories of the history and bravery that many of us wonder if we possess. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.Will wings help these four women break free from their lives in Charleston, South Carolina?

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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 - Stitches: a handbook on meaning, hope...

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.

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Truth Is Stranger: Nothing to Envy - RESCHEDULED

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.

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