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.
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less by Terry Ryan
Evelyn Ryan kept poverty at bay with wit, poetry, and perfect prose during the “contest era” of the 1950s and 1960s. Standing up to the church, her alcoholic husband, and antiquated ideas about women, Evelyn turned every financial challenge into an opportunity for innovation, all the while raising her six sons and four daughters with the belief that miracles are an everyday occurrence.
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
In this elegant portrait of desire and betrayal set in the highest circle of New York social life during the 1870′s, the engagement of Newland Archer to docile May Welland is complicated by the return of the mysterious nonconformist Countess Ellen Olenska. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a hidden teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pitbull pups. Winner of the National Book Award.
Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
Thirty-two-year-old Victorian gentlewoman Amelia Peabody has inherited both her father’s fortune and his strong will. Determined to indulge her passion for Egyptology and together with new friend Evelyn, she will encounter mysterious intruders, missing mummies, and Radcliffe Emerson, a dashing and opinionated archaeologist who doesn’t need a woman’s help – or so he thinks.
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
Two Pulitzer Prize winners issue a call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women in the developing world. They show that a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad and that the key to economic progress for these nations lies in unleashing women’s potential.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Suffering an accident that causes her to forget the last ten years of her life, Alice is astonished to discover that she is 39, a mother of three, and in the midst of an acrimonious divorce from a man she dearly loves. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse and whether it’s possible to start over.
Moloka’i by Alan Brennert
Rachel Kalama is a normal, spirited 7-year-old, until the day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka’i. Here her life is supposed to end, but instead she discovers it is only just beginning.
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
A multi-generational novel which begins with two motherless siblings in an Afghan village and crosses continents to explore the many ways in which family members love, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another, as well as how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us at the times that matter most.
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
After the horror of World War I, Tom Sherbourne welcomes his new job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, an isolated island with no residents aside from him and his wife Isabel. When a boat with a dead man and a young baby washes ashore, Isabel convinces Tom to let her keep the baby as their own, but the consequences to her actions may be dire.