Read & Reflect: <em>The Road to Character</em>

Read & Reflect: <em>The Road to Character</em>

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Has our culture lost sight of the value of humility? This is one of the question that author David Brooks addresses in his book The Road to Character. He challenges us to rebalance the scales between our "résumé virtues" and our "eulogy virtues," those virtues that exist at the core of our being: kindness, bravery, honesty, and faithfulness.

In Read & Reflect, we read and discuss a thoughtful selection of nonfiction titles ripe for meaningful discussion. Books are available at Dole Branch one month before the discussion.

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Brown Bag: Evil and the Mask

Brown Bag: Evil and the Mask

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

When Fumihiro
Kuki is eleven years old, his elderly father calls him into his study. "I
created you to be a cancer on the world," his father says. It is a
tradition in their wealthy family for a patriarch, when reaching the end of his
life, to bear one last child dedicated to causing misery in a world that cannot
be controlled or saved. Between his education in hedonism and his family's

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Brown Bag: Gods and Beasts

Brown Bag: Gods and Beasts

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

In the third installment of the Alex Morrow series, a lone gunman enters a Glasgow post office carrying an AK-47 with robbery in mind. In the midst of the heist, a well-known activist, Brendan Lyons attempts to keep the peace, and assists the gunman by filling bags with cash and then carrying them to the door, when the robber unexpectedly opens fire and kills Lyons. Enters Detective Sergeant Alex Morrow to investigate the crime, but nothing about the incident seems clear. Was Lyons in on the crime? Did he know his killer?

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Read & Reflect: Hidden Figures

Read & Reflect: Hidden Figures

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Known as "human computers," these exceptionally talented African-American women were called into service during the labor shortage of World War II. Overlooked and segregated from their white counterparts, those women overcame countless obstacles and helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union.

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Read & Reflect: Eleanor and Hick

Read & Reflect: Eleanor and Hick

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

In 1933, as her husband assumed the presidency, Eleanor Roosevelt embarked on the claustrophobic, duty-bound existence of the First Lady with dread, but a lifeline came to her in the form of a feisty campaign reporter for the Associated Press: Lorena Hickok. Over a thirty year time span, they became lovers, confidantes, professional advisors, and caring friends. In their determination to better a troubled world, these fiercely compassionate women took on important causes and played a significant role in effectuating real change.

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