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Book Discussion Groups

Requests for registration links will be accepted until 60 minutes before program begins.

 

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

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. Requests for registration links will be accepted until 60 minutes before the program begins.

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Death in D Minor by Alexia Gordon

After solving a string of murders and getting used to living with a snarky ghost, Gethsemane Brown tries to rest easy. But, in this second book in the series, her roomie disappears, her landlord decides to sell her cottage to a developer, and her brother-in-law comes to visit. The ever-resourceful African American musician and expatriate scrambles to call her spectral roomie back from beyond and to find a way to save the cottage from destruction, but those concerns take a backseat when her brother-in-law is accused of stealing a valuable antique. In order to try to save him, Gethsemane strikes a deal with an investigator to go undercover and snoop for evidence of a forgery/theft ring. But while snooping, she accidentally conjures the ghost of an eighteenth-century sea captain, ends up the prime suspect for a murder, and-as she races to untangle a web of phony art and stolen antiques to exonerate both herself and her brother-in-law-the killer targets her…   – Baker & Taylor

July 3 – Mastering the Art of French Murder by Colleen Cambridge

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

This discussion will be in-person at the library.

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The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Dare

The unforgettable, inspiring story of a teenage girl growing up in a rural Nigerian village who longs to get an education so that she can find her “louding voice” and speak up for herself, The Girl with the Louding Voice is a simultaneously heartbreaking and triumphant tale about the power of fighting for your dreams.  Despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in her path, Adunni never loses sight of her goal of escaping the life of poverty she was born into so that she can build the future she chooses for herself – and help other girls like her do the same.  Her spirited determination to find joy and hope in even the most difficult circumstances imaginable will “break your heart and then put it back together again” (Jenna Bush Hager on The Today Show) even as Adunni shows us how one courageous young girl can inspire us all to reach for our dreams…and maybe even change the world. – Amazon

July 11 – The Measure by Nikki Erlick

An Hour to Kill Book Club Monday, June 10, 6:30p

This discussion will be via a Zoom meeting.  Please email kkerckhove@dunlaplibrary.org for a meeting invite registration. Requests for registration links will be accepted until 60 minutes before the program begins.

Mystery, suspense, thriller – fiction and nonfiction! No cozy titles here!

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Bad Summer People by Emma Rosenblum

None of them would claim to be a particularly good person. But who among them is actually capable of murder?

Jen Weinstein and Lauren Parker rule the town of Salcombe, Fire Island every summer. They hold sway on the beach and the tennis court, and are adept at manipulating people to get what they want. Their husbands, Sam and Jason, have summered together on the island since childhood, despite lifelong grudges and numerous secrets. Their one single friend, Rachel Woolf, is looking to meet her match, whether he’s the tennis pro—or someone else’s husband. But even with plenty to gossip about, this season starts out as quietly as any other.

Until a body is discovered, face down, off the side of the boardwalk.

Stylish, subversive, and darkly comedic, this is a story of what’s lurking under the surface of picture-perfect lives in a place where everyone has something to hide. – Baker & Taylor

July 8 – The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell

Inside Out Book Chat, Wednesday, June 12, 10:00a

This discussion will be via a Zoom meeting.  Please email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org for a meeting invite registration. Requests for registration links will be accepted until 60 minutes before the program begins.

inside out book club

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.

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

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

Email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org to receive the Zoom registration meeting invite to attend virtually or you may attend in-person at Creative Soul Gallery. Requests for registration links will be accepted until 60 minutes before the program begins.

Please indicate how you wish to attend. If you would like to attend in person, please include your phone number in your response.

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Fake Like Me by Barbara Bourland

After a fire rips through her loft, destroying the seven billboard-size paintings meant for her first major exhibition, a young painter is left with an impossible task: recreate the lost artworks in just three months without getting caught — or ruin her fledgling career. Homeless and desperate, she begs her way into Pine City, an exclusive retreat in upstate New York notorious for three things: outrageous revelries, glamorous artists, and the sparkling black lake where brilliant prodigy Carey Logan drowned herself.

Taking up residence in Carey’s former studio, the painter works with obsessive, delirious focus. But when she begins to uncover strange secrets at Pine City and falls hard for Carey’s mysterious boyfriend, a single thought shadows her every move: What really happened to Carey Logan? -Baker & Taylor

July 10  – The Trackers by Charles Frazier

Walk-n-Talk Book Club Thursday, June 13, 10:00a

We will gather in the library parking lot and then walk the Rock Island trail* while we talk about what we’ve been reading, listening to, or watching…whatever comes to mind! 

*Weather permitting.

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Meets in June and July.

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

This discussion will be via a Zoom meeting.  Please email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org for a meeting invite registration. Requests for registration links will be accepted until 60 minutes before the program begins.

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The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

In 1972, when workers in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, were digging the foundations for a new development, the last thing they expected to find was a skeleton at the bottom of a well. Who the skeleton was and how it got there were two of the long-held secrets kept by the residents of Chicken Hill, the dilapidated neighborhood where immigrant Jews and African Americans lived side by side and shared ambitions and sorrows. Chicken Hill was where Moshe and Chona Ludlow lived when Moshe integrated his theater and where Chona ran the Heaven & Earth Grocery Store. When the state came looking for a deaf boy to institutionalize him, it was Chona and Nate Timblin, the Black janitor at Moshe’s theater and the unofficial leader of the Black community on Chicken Hill, who worked together to keep the boy safe.

As these characters’ stories overlap and deepen, it becomes clear how much the people who live on the margins of white, Christian America struggle and what they must do to survive. When the truth is finally revealed about what happened on Chicken Hill and the part the town’s white establishment played in it, McBride shows us that even in dark times, it is love and community—heaven and earth—that sustain us.  – Baker & Taylor

July 16 – The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka

Afternoon Delight Romance Book Club, Wednesday, June 26, 1:00p

This discussion will be via a Zoom meeting.  Please email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org for a meeting invite registration. Requests for registration links will be accepted until 60 minutes before the program begins.

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Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior

Dan Hollis lives a happy, solitary life carving exquisite Celtic harps in his barn in the countryside of the English moors. Here he can be himself, away from social situations that he doesn’t always get right or completely understand.

On the anniversary of her beloved father’s death, Ellie Jacobs takes a walk in the woods and comes across Dan’s barn. She is enchanted by his collection. Dan gives her a harp made of cherrywood to match her cherry socks. He stores it for her, ready for whenever she’d like to take lessons.

Ellie begins visiting Dan almost daily and quickly learns that he isn’t like other people. He makes her sandwiches precisely cut into triangles and repeatedly counts the (seventeen) steps of the wooden staircase to the upstairs practice room. Ellie soon realizes Dan isn’t just different; in many ways, his world is better, and he gives her a fresh perspective on her own life.  – Baker & Taylor

July 17 – It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey

Stranger Than Fiction Book Club Thursday, June 27, 10:00a

Let’s get down to the facts!

This discussion will be a Zoom meeting.  Please email mweyeneth@dunlaplibrary.org for a meeting invite registration. Requests for registration links will be accepted until 60 minutes before the program begins.

Meet in January – October.

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Crossings: How Road Ecology is Shaping the Future of Our Planet by Ben Goldfarb

An eye-opening account of the global ecological transformations wrought by roads, from the award-winning author of Eager.

Some 40 million miles of roadways encircle the earth, yet we tend to regard them only as infrastructure for human convenience. While roads are so ubiquitous they’re practically invisible to us, wild animals experience them as entirely alien forces of death and disruption. In Crossings, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb travels throughout the United States and around the world to investigate how roads have transformed our planet. A million animals are killed by cars each day in the U.S. alone, but as the new science of road ecology shows, the harms of highways extend far beyond roadkill. Creatures from antelope to salmon are losing their ability to migrate in search of food and mates; invasive plants hitch rides in tire treads; road salt contaminates lakes and rivers; and the very noise of traffic chases songbirds from vast swaths of habitat.

Yet road ecologists are also seeking to blunt the destruction through innovative solutions. Goldfarb meets with conservationists building bridges for California’s mountain lions and tunnels for English toads, engineers deconstructing the labyrinth of logging roads that web national forests, animal rehabbers caring for Tasmania’s car-orphaned wallabies, and community organizers working to undo the havoc highways have wreaked upon American cities.

Today, as our planet’s road network continues to grow exponentially, the science of road ecology has become increasingly vital. Written with passion and curiosity, Crossings is a sweeping, spirited, and timely investigation into how humans have altered the natural world―and how we can create a better future for all living beings.  – Amazon

July 25– Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life by Arnold Schwarzenegger

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