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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. Registration is required. Books will be available 30 days prior to the discussion at the Fiction/AV/Teen Services desk. Attendees must be registered in order to claim a book.

Food for Thought Book Discussion Schedule 2015

Orphan Train

January 7

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

A captivating story of an unexpected friendship between two very different women: 91-year-old Vivian, who has a hidden past as an orphan-train rider, and Molly, a teenager whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.

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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

February 4

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts and how much we lose in doing so.

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Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune

March 4

Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist traces a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting Gilded Age opulence with a 21st-century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is reclusive Huguette Clark, who, despite being in excellent health and owning extravagant homes, lived for twenty years in a simple hospital room.

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The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat

April 1

The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore

Forging a friendship at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean meet regularly at the first diner owned by black proprietors in their Indiana city and are watched throughout the years by a bighearted man who observes their struggles with school, marriage, parenthood, and beyond.

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Kim

May 6

Kim by Rudyard Kipling

Kim, the poor orphaned son of an Irish soldier stationed in India, searches for his identity and learns to move between the two cultures, becoming the disciple of a Tibetan monk while training as a spy for the British secret service.

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The Circle

June 3

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

July 1

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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The Cuckoo’s Calling

August 5

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

In a fast-paced mystery published pseudonymously by J.K. Rowling, struggling private investigator Cormoran Strike is asked to delve into the supposed suicide of a supermodel, plunging him into the desperate world of the rich and famous.

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette

September 2

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

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The Storyteller

October 7

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Becoming friends with Josef Weber, an old man who's particularly loved in her community, Sage Singer is shocked when one day he asks her to kill him and reveals why he deserves to die, causing her to question her beliefs--and to wonder if his request would be murder or justice.

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The Round House

November 4

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, fourteen-year-old Joe Coutts sets out with his three friends to find the person who destroyed his family. Winner of the National Book Award.

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Call the Midwife

December 2

Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth

At the age of twenty-two, Jennifer Worth leaves her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful people she meets while delivering babies in a variety of circumstances illuminate a rich and fascinating time in history.

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