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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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.

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

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The Mysterious History of England : A Plague on Both Your Houses

Bring your lunch and join us in our discussion of A Plague on Both Your Houses by Susanna Gregory. Set in 1348 during the reign of King Edward III. Matthew Bartholomew is a physician and teacher at the new university growing in Cambridge as the community anticipates the coming of the Black Death. But before the pestilence strikes he must investigate the inexplicable death of the Master of Michaelhouse.

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Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: Maus

This month's book is Maus by Art Spiegelman.Maus has been described as a memoir, biography, history, fiction, autobiography, or a mix of genres. In 1992 it became the first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize.It depicts the author interviewing his father about his experiences as a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor. If you have never read a graphic novel, this is the one to try.

Copies of Maus 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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Words on Wednesday: Secrets of Mary Bowser

Based on a remarkable true story, The Secrets of Mary Bowser is an inspiring tale of one daring woman's willingness to sacrifice her own freedom to change the course of history. 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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The Mysterious History of England : Satan in St. Mary's

Bring your lunch and join us in our discussion of Satan in St. Mary's by P. C. Doherty.Set in 1284 during the reign of King Edward I. During a time of a traitorous movement the apparent suicide of a loyal subject raises suspicions and the king demands an investigation. His Chancellor chooses clerk Hugh Corbett who is quickly drawn in to the tangled underworld of London.

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Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: The Ghost Map

This month's book is The Ghost Map by Steven Johnson. In the London summer of 1854 cholera tore down Broad Street killing 10% of the population in two weeks. Using multidisciplinary thinking, the author illuminates the intertwined histories of the spread of disease, the rise of cities, and the nature of scientific inquiry.

Copies of The Ghost Map 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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Words on Wednesday: The Lost City of Z

In 1925, renowned British explorer Percy Fawcett led an exploration in the Amazon, and never came out. Author David Grann follows Fawcett, and the hundreds of others who followed in Fawcett's footsteps before they vanished, into the jungle in search of answers, and of the legendary city of El Dorado. Join us to discuss this tale of adventure.

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The Mysterious History of England : The Queen's Man

Bring your lunch and join us in our discussion of The Queen's Man by Sharon Kay Penman. Set in 1193 during the reign of Richard Lionheart and under the regency of his mother Eleanor of Aquitaine. With Richard missing and John angling for the throne, Eleanor uses Justin de Quincy to uncover a brutal murderer and to unearth the sinister intrigues by John against her favorite son.

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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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