Coffee, Books and More

Coffee, Books, and More…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. This book discussion meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. in Meeting Room B at the Library. Books will be available at the Fiction/AV/Teen desk one month prior to the discussion.

Coffee, Books, and More Book Discussion Schedule 2016 – 2017

December 21 – Members’ Meeting – No book discussed

June 15

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful Internet company, Mae Holland begins to question her luck as life beyond her job grows distant, a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, and her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public.

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July 20

City of Scoundrels: The Twelve Days of Disaster that Gave Birth to Modern Chicago by Gary Krist

Just as the dream of transforming Chicago into a world-caliber metropolis seemed within reach, a harrowing twelve-day period in 1919 unleashed a blimp crash, a race riot, a crippling transit strike, and a sensational child murder case to challenge the city's modernization efforts.

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August 17

Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland

Hoping to honor his father and the family business with innovative glass designs, Louis Comfort Tiffany launches the Tiffany lamp as designed by women's division head Clara Driscoll, who struggles with the mass production of her creations.

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September 21

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

On December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. How did they do it? And why? Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer McCullough tells the extraordinary and truly American story of the two brothers who changed the world.

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October 19

Doc by Mary Doria Russell

After the burned body of a mixed-blood boy, Johnnie Sanders, is discovered in 1878 Dodge City, Kansas, part-time policeman Wyatt Earp enlists the help of his professional-gambler friend Doc Holliday.

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November 16

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

Detailing a portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era, this 100th-anniversary chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania discusses the factors that led to the tragedy and the contributions of such figures as President Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat, and architect Theodate Pope Riddle.

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January 18

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan

One of the Manhattan Project’s secret cities, the Tennessee town of Oak Ridge was created in 1942 and became home to thousands of young women sworn to strict secrecy protocols. The reverberations from their work there, work they did not fully understand at the time, are still being felt today.

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February 15

The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff

Loosely inspired by the lives of Danish painter Einar Wegener and his California-born wife, this tender portrait depicts both the unique intimacy that defines every marriage and the remarkable story of Lili Elbe, a pioneer in transgender history.

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March 15

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Doerr illuminates the ways people try to be good to one another even in the harshest of circumstances by deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure, a blind French girl who must flee her home when the Nazis occupy Paris, and Werner, a German orphan admitted to a brutal academy for Hitler Youth.

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April 19

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Despite her own major achievements, Anne Morrow Lindbergh is viewed merely as Charles Lindbergh's wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will ultimately push her to reconcile her desire for independence and to embrace, at last, life's infinite possibilities for change and happiness.

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