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*Walk-n-Talk Book Club Thursday, October 27, 9:45a

Kelly : July 19, 2022 10:56 am : Book Groups

LAST WALK OF 2022!

Meets the 4th Thursday of the month, January – October.   

We will gather in the library parking lot and then walk the trail* for about 45 minutes while we discuss our book of the month.
 

*Weather permitting. If the weather is not cooperating then we will be meeting via Zoom. 

Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad

between two kingdoms

In the summer after graduating from college, Suleika Jaouad was preparing, as they say in commencement speeches, to enter “the real world.” She had fallen in love and moved to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a war correspondent. The real world she found, however, would take her into a very different kind of conflict zone.

It started with an itch—first on her feet, then up her legs, like a thousand invisible mosquito bites. Next came the exhaustion, and the six-hour naps that only deepened her fatigue. Then a trip to the doctor and, a few weeks shy of her twenty-third birthday, a diagnosis: leukemia, with a 35 percent chance of survival. Just like that, the life she had imagined for herself had gone up in flames. By the time Jaouad flew home to New York, she had lost her job, her apartment, and her independence. She would spend much of the next four years in a hospital bed, fighting for her life and chronicling the saga in a column for The New York Times.

When Jaouad finally walked out of the cancer ward—after countless rounds of chemo, a clinical trial, and a bone marrow transplant—she was, according to the doctors, cured. But as she would soon learn, a cure is not where the work of healing ends; it’s where it begins. She had spent the past 1,500 days in desperate pursuit of one goal—to survive. And now that she’d done so, she realized that she had no idea how to live.

How would she reenter the world and live again? How could she reclaim what had been lost? Jaouad embarked—with her new best friend, Oscar, a scruffy terrier mutt—on a 100-day, 15,000-mile road trip across the country. She set out to meet some of the strangers who had written to her during her years in the hospital: a teenage girl in Florida also recovering from cancer; a teacher in California grieving the death of her son; a death-row inmate in Texas who’d spent his own years confined to a room. What she learned on this trip is that the divide between sick and well is porous, that the vast majority of us will travel back and forth between these realms throughout our lives. Between Two Kingdoms is a profound chronicle of survivorship and a fierce, tender, and inspiring exploration of what it means to begin again.

– Amazon

January 26 –  The Seed Keeper by Diane Wilson

 

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Page Turners Book Club Thursday, October 6, 1:00p

Kelly : July 18, 2022 3:44 pm : Book Groups

This discussion will be in-person at the library!

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, the USA Today and #1 Amazon Charts bestseller Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage and resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.

In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.

Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share.

Fans of All the Light We Cannot SeeThe Nightingale, and Unbroken will enjoy this riveting saga of history, suspense, and love.

-Amazon

November 3 – The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

December 1 –  The Last Thing He Told Me  by Laura Dave

 

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An Hour to Kill Book Club Monday, October 17, 6:30p

Kelly : July 17, 2022 2:05 pm : Book Groups

This discussion will be a Zoom meeting. Email kkerckhove@dunlaplibrary.org for the Zoom meeting invite.

Love mystery & suspense?

The Shining by Stephen King

The Shining

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Before Doctor Sleep, there was The Shining, a classic of modern American horror from the undisputed master, Stephen King.

Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

  –Amazon

November 14 – In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

 

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Cooking with Hoopla! Tuesday, October 11 @ 10:00am

Kelly : July 16, 2022 12:31 pm : Book Groups

We’ll be talking about the book and sharing our experiences with any of the recipes that we’ve tried from the title. 

Email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org for a Zoom meeting invite.

If you need help using Hoopla, please call the library for assistance at 309.243.5716.

We’re combining the joy of cooking and the excellent availability of culinary titles using your free Hoopla account accessed with your library card and pin number!

Cooking with Chocolate

Join us as we discuss Cooking with Chocolate by Magnus Johansson

Even experienced bakers can be intimidated by the demands of successfully working with chocolate, which requires an experienced touch and careful handling to achieve great results. You can teach yourself this complex and delicate art through hours of painful trial and error . . . or you can master the skills of cooking with chocolate with help from one of the greatest pastry chefs in Europe!

Master chef Magnus Johansson has served desserts at Nobel Prize banquets and the birthday parties of Swedish royalty. Now he shares all of his tips, tricks, and recipes with you in this award-winning cookbook. While the results you’ll get from this collection are professional-caliber, the theme is simplicity: in every recipe, Johansson gives explanations of each step, helpful photographs to illustrate trickier techniques, and everything else you need to make successful chocolate desserts.

The delicious recipes featured here include:

  • Buttercream Cake with Raspberries and Chocolate Cream
  • Almond Macaroons with Cocoa Nibs
  • Chocolate-Dipped Brioche
  • Sugar Cake with Chocolate Ripple
  • Spicy Chocolate-Coated Hazelnuts
  • Chocolate and Blood Orange Tart  

The recipes also include tips detailing all the processes and techniques for working with chocolate, such as tempering. Whether you are a dessert connoisseur looking to refine your skills with guidance from a master, or a beginner just starting on your journey into the world of chocolate desserts, Cooking with Chocolate has what you need!

  – Amazon

 

 

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Cozy Little Book Club Wednesday, October 5, 11:00a

Kelly : July 15, 2022 1:52 pm : Book Groups

Do you enjoy a light and entertaining read?  We do too!

We usually meet on the first Wednesday of every month.

This discussion will be a Zoom meeting.  Please email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org for a meeting invite registration.

A Spell for Trouble by Esme Addison

Aleksandra Daniels hasn’t set foot in the quiet seaside town of Bellamy Bay, North Carolina in over twenty years. Ever since her mother’s tragic death, her father has mysteriously forbidden her from visiting her aunt and cousins. But on a whim, Alex accepts an invitation to visit her estranged relatives and to help them in their family business: an herbal apothecary known for its remarkably potent teas, salves, and folk remedies.

Bellamy Bay doesn’t look like trouble, but this is a town that harbors dark secrets. Alex discovers that her own family is at the center of salacious town gossip, and that they are rumored to be magical healers descended from mermaids. She brushes this off as nonsense until a local is poisoned and her aunt Lidia is arrested for the crime. Alex is certain Lidia is being framed, and she resolves to find out why.

Alex’s investigation unearths stories that some have gone to desperate lengths to conceal: forbidden affairs, family rivalries, and the truth about Alex’s own ancestry. And when the case turns deadly, Alex learns that not only are these secrets worth hiding, but they may even be worth killing for.

 – Amazon

November 2 – Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert

 

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*Artful Reads with Creative Soul, Wednesday, October 12, 5:00p

Melissa : July 14, 2022 10:29 am : Book Groups

Creative Soul Gallery (208 N Second St) in Dunlap and the library are joining together to discuss “arty” reads.

You may join us in-person or virtually. An unlimited number of spots are available on Zoom. 

*Registration required. Email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org to receive the Zoom registration meeting invite to attend virtually or to be added to the in-person discussion! Please indicate how you wish to attend. If you would like to attend in person, please include your phone number in your response. 

This month we will be talking about Flowers of Darkness by Tatiana de Rosnay.

Flower of Darkness

Author Clarissa Katsef is struggling to write her next book. She’s just snagged a brand new artist residency in an ultra-modern apartment, with a view of all of Paris, a dream for any novelist in search of tranquility. But since moving in, she has had the feeling of being watched. Is there reason to be paranoid? Or is her distraction and discomfort the result of her husband’s recent shocking betrayal? Or is that her beloved Paris lies altered outside her windows? A city that will never be quite the same, a city with a scar at its center?

Stuck inside, in the midst of a sweltering heat wave, Clarissa enlists her beloved granddaughter in her investigation of the mysterious, high tech building even as she finds herself drawn back into the orbit of her first husband who is still the one who knows her most intimately, who shares the past grief that she has never quite let go.

Staying true to her favorite themes―the imprint of the place, the weight of secrets―de Rosnay weaves an intrigue of thrilling suspense and emotional power.

— Amazon

November 9 – The Monument’s Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel.

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“Who Picked This?” Book Club Tuesday, October 18, 10:00a

Melissa : July 13, 2022 3:55 pm : Book Groups

This discussion will be a Zoom meeting.  Please email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org for a meeting registration invite.

We usually meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 10 am.

have you seen luis velez

Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Raymond Jaffe feels like he doesn’t belong. Not with his mother’s new family. Not as a weekend guest with his father and his father’s wife. Not at school, where he’s an outcast. After his best friend moves away, Raymond has only two real connections: to the feral cat he’s tamed and to a blind ninety-two-year-old woman in his building who’s introduced herself with a curious question: Have you seen Luis Velez?

Mildred Gutermann, a German Jew who narrowly escaped the Holocaust, has been alone since her caretaker disappeared. She turns to Raymond for help, and as he tries to track Luis down, a deep and unexpected friendship blossoms between the two.

Despondent at the loss of Luis, Mildred isolates herself further from a neighborhood devolving into bigotry and fear. Determined not to let her give up, Raymond helps her see that for every terrible act the world delivers, there is a mirror image of deep kindness, and Mildred helps Raymond see that there’s hope if you have someone to hold on to.

–Amazon

November 15 – Four Treasures of the Sky by Jenny Tinghui Zhang

 

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Inside Out Book Chat Wednesday, October 12 , 10:30a

Melissa : July 12, 2022 12:57 pm : Book Groups

What have you been reading? There are so many books out there! It’s time to share. You’ll have a chance to talk about your recent read…good, bad, or mediocre.

This discussion will be via a Zoom meeting.  Please email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org for a meeting invite registration.

 

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The Fourth Turning – A Book Discussion Tuesday, October 4, 11:00a

Kelly : July 11, 2022 7:19 am : Book Groups

This discussion will be a Zoom meeting.  Please email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org for a meeting registration invite.

We are partnering with Fran McKay of Catalyst Wealth Planning to virtually discuss a title pertaining to the interesting and ever-changing world of finance!

National best seller

“A startling vision of what the cycles of history predict for the future.” (USA Weekend)

William Strauss and Neil Howe will change the way you see the world – and your place in it. With blazing originality, The Fourth Turning illuminates the past, explains the present, and reimagines the future. Most remarkably, it offers an utterly persuasive prophecy about how America’s past will predict its future.

Strauss and Howe base this vision on a provocative theory of American history. The authors look back 500 years and uncover a distinct pattern: Modern history moves in cycles, each one lasting about the length of a long human life, each composed of four eras – or “turnings” – that last about 20 years and that always arrive in the same order. In The Fourth Turning, the authors illustrate these cycles using a brilliant analysis of the post-World War II period.

First comes a High, a period of confident expansion as a new order takes root after the old has been swept away. Next comes an Awakening, a time of spiritual exploration and rebellion against the now-established order. Then comes an Unraveling, an increasingly troubled era in which individualism triumphs over crumbling institutions. Last comes a Crisis – the Fourth Turning – when society passes through a great and perilous gate in history. Together, the four turnings comprise history’s seasonal rhythm of growth, maturation, entropy, and rebirth.

The Fourth Turning offers bold predictions about how all of us can prepare, individually and collectively, for America’s next rendezvous with destiny.   – Amazon

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Afternoon Delight Romance Book Club Wednesday, December 14, 12:15p

Kelly : July 10, 2022 4:01 pm : Book Groups

This discussion will be a Zoom meeting.  Please email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org for a meeting registration invite.

Meets quarterly in March, June, September, and December.

Years by LaVyrle Spencer

Linnea Bradenborg expects to find culture and excitement in Alamo, North Dakota, where she’s recently been hired as the new schoolteacher. Instead, she finds a sparse little town in the middle of nowhere. Better yet, her train is met by a cantankerous wheat farmer named Theodore Westgaard who doesn’t bother to hide his displeasure when he discovers that L.I. Brandenborg is a woman and not the man he was expecting. Westgaard thinks twice about bringing Linnea home to live with him, but he soon realizes that he has no choice. All of the town’s past schoolteachers have lived with the Westgaard family–made up of Theodore, his mother, and his teenaged son–due to their farm being located very near the schoolhouse, and so Theodore allows Linnea into his home. But who could have guessed that this young, independent woman would soon find her way into the handsome farmer’s heart? A compelling classic to be read again and again, Years is a fitting tribute to the pioneer schoolteachers who braved many hardships to share the gift of knowledge with countless children.

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