Food for Thought

Food for Thought Book Discussion

Led by Mount Prospect Public Library Readers’ Advisors, the Food for Thought Book Discussions will give you food for thought all year! Food for Thought selections offer a variety of books ranging from classics to non-fiction to popular fiction. This book discussion meets on the first Wednesday of each month in Meeting Room B in two sessions: Session 1 meets from noon-1 p.m. and Session 2 meets from 2-3 p.m. Books will be available 30 days prior to the discussion at the Fiction/AV/Teen Services desk.

Food for Thought Book Discussion Schedule 2018

March 7

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Marooned in a small farm town in Iowa, Sara starts a bookstore to honor her friend’s memory and tries to convince the townspeople that reading is one of the great joys of life. As she shares the books she loves and her passion for reading, she makes some unconventional choices that could potentially force several secrets into the open, changing things for everyone.

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April 4

News of the World by Paulette Jiles

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this character-driven tale.

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May 2

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

The host of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah traces his wild coming of age during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed, offering insight into the farcical aspects of the political and social systems of today's world.

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June 6

The Distant Marvels by Chantel Acevedo

A professional storyteller imparts the incredible tale of her youth during the Third War of Independence to eight women who need hope to survive Hurricane Flora in 1963 Cuba. While the storm rages and the floodwaters rise, their courage comes from a spellbinding blend of epic adventure tale, love story, family saga, historical account, and a heartfelt plea for forgiveness.

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July 11

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

The stories of ten wealthy victims of a plane crash intertwine with those of a down-on-his-luck painter and a four-year-old boy, the tragedy's only survivors, as odd coincidences surrounding the crash point to a possible conspiracy.

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August 1

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Reunited when the elder sister's husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways.

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September 5

The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation by Natalie Y. Moore

Chicago native Natalie Moore shines a light on contemporary segregation on the South Side of Chicago through reported essays, showing the life of these communities through the stories of people who live in them.

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October 3

The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

Deep in the heart of London, in a lush communal square, as a festive garden party is taking place, a thirteen year-old girl lies unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?

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November 7

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Her carefully timetabled life suddenly changes when Eleanor saves an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk with the bumbling IT guy from her office.

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December 5

Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II by Vicki Constantine Croke

The story of James Howard "Billy" Williams, whose uncanny rapport with elephants transformed him from a carefree young man into a charismatic World War II hero instrumental in defeating the Japanese in Burma and saving refugees.

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