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 2020

January 8

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

When captors at Auschwitz-Birkenau discover that he speaks several languages, Lale Sokolov is tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Risking his own life, he who uses his position as a concentration-camp tattooist to secure food for his fellow prisoners and later encounters a young woman who will change his life.

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February 5

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

One morning Deming Guo's mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. Far from everything he's ever know, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with memories of his mother and his past.

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March 4

Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson

When Professor Anders Larson, curator of a Danish museum, responds to a query about ancient exhibits from Mrs. Tina Hopgood in England, he doesn’t expect a reply, but the two begin a correspondence, and a friendship, that develops into something extraordinary.

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April 1

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

A novel set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris follows the director of a Chicago art gallery and a woman looking for her estranged daughter in Paris who both struggle to come to terms with the ways AIDS has affected their lives. Finalist for Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award.

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May 6

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Kya Clark is the "Marsh Girl" of Barkley Cove on the North Carolina coast. Abandoned at age ten and a born naturalist, she has survived on her own. Drawn to two young men from town who were intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opened herself to a new and startling world-- until the unthinkable happens. When Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya.

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June 3

Virgil Wander by Leif Enger

When Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander's car flies off the road into icy Lake Superior he survives, but his language and memory are altered and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him. Virgil begins to piece together his personal history and the lore of his broken town, with the help of a cast of affable and curious locals. Into this community returns a prodigal son, Adam Leer, who may hold the key to reviving their town.

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July 1

Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien

An award-winning journalist traces the lesser-known story of five women from different walks of life – a high school dropout, a divorcee, a socialite, a young mother, and Amelia Earhart, the most famous but not necessarily the most skilled – who successfully fought to compete against men in the high-stakes national air races of the 1920s and 1930s.

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August 5

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

A tale inspired by firsthand accounts about the notoriously corrupt Tennessee Children's Home Society follows the efforts of a Baltimore assistant D.A. to uncover her parents' fateful secrets in the wake of a political attack and a chance encounter with a stranger.

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September 2

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together after years of fracture, parents Rafiq and Layla must reckon with the choices their children have made. From their own arrival in America to the years in which their children attempt to tread between two cultures, the joy and struggle of family life is explored.

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October 7

My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Realizing that her beautiful, beloved younger sister has murdered yet another boyfriend, an embittered Nigerian woman works to direct suspicion away from the family, until a handsome doctor she fancies asks for her sister's number.

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November 4

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

One night in an isolated college town, a first-year student stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep—and doesn’t wake up. As the mysterious illness spreads, the doctors discover those affected are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, and questions of consciousness are explored in a provocative, hypnotic tale.

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December 2

The Library Book by Susan Orleans

Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, an award-winning reporter delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.

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