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.
December 21 – Members’ Meeting – No book discussed
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Confined to a nursing home and about to turn 100, Allan Karlsson, who has a larger-than-life back story as an explosives expert, climbs out of the window in his slippers and embarks on an unforgettable adventure involving thugs, a murderous elephant, and a very friendly hot dog stand operator.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.