Book Chat

Book Chat – Book Discussion

The goal of this group is to read a variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction, that will stimulate the mind and some lively conversation. Book Chat meets approximately every six weeks on Monday at 7 p.m. in either Meeting Room B or Room 168. Please check at the Registration desk for the current location. Limited copies of the book are available at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk up to six weeks prior to the discussion.

Book Chat Book Discussion Schedule 2016

February 15

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

This narrative account of James A. Garfield’s political career offers insight into his background as a wunderkind scholar and Civil War hero, his battles against the corrupt establishment, and Alexander Graham Bell’s failed attempt to save him from an assassin’s bullet.

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March 28

The Martian by Andy Weir

After a bad storm cuts his team’s Mars mission short, injured astronaut Mark Watley is stranded. Determined to keep his sense of humor, Mark battles obstacle after obstacle in an effort to survive against all odds.

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May 9

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Recent retiree Harold Fry is convinced that he must personally deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, even if that means walking from one end of the country to the other. Along the way, he meets new people and reminisces about his own past, trying to find peace and acceptance.

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June 20

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Looking back at a tragic event that occurred in 1961 when he was 13, Frank Drum relates how he, his family, and his entire Minnesota community were both rocked by a series of deaths in a single summer and challenged to find meaning and redemption in tragedy.

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August 1

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

In this internationally beloved debut, a curmudgeon hides a terrible personal loss beneath a cranky and short-tempered exterior while clashing with boisterous and well-meaning new neighbors.

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September 12

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown

The stories of an enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower are among those united in a true-life story that reflects the transformation of a sport and the thrilling culmination of high-stakes competition at Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics.

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October 24

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

The daughter of a prominent Chicago judge is taken hostage by her one-night stand, who, instead of delivering her to his employers, hides her in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota to keep her safe. She returns months later, remembering little of the abduction or her captivity, and the real story must be pieced together by her mother, a detective, and the kidnapper himself.

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December 7

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Ursula Todd is born on a cold snowy night in 1910 -- twice. As she grows up during the first half of the twentieth century in Britain, Ursula dies and is brought back to life again and again. With a seemingly infinite number of lives it appears as though Ursula has the ability to alter the history of the world, should she so choose.

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