Tuesday Evening Book Group

Join us on Tuesday, September 12th at 6:00 p.m. as we talk about Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.hidden figures

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space.

Among these problem solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South’s segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America’s aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly these overlooked math whizzes had shots at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam’s call, moving to Hampton, Virginia, and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory.

Even as Virginia’s Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black West Computing group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War and complete domination of the heavens.

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Tuesday Evening Book Group

Tuesday, May 9, 6:00 p.m.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (1998).a walk in the woods

Following his return to America after twenty years in Great Britain, the author decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which provided him with the opportunity to test his own powers of ineptitude while witnessing the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings.

 

Outer Edge Book Club: A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

The Outer Edge is Chatham Area Public Library’s science fiction and fantasy book club. We read and discuss classic and modern titles alike.

The Outer Edge meets the third Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. If you would like to join us for fun and lively discussions of great books, please write Meghan Harmon at mharmon@chathamlib.org and she will order next month’s book for you!  Also, you can find us on Facebook: http://tinyurl.com/OuterEdge

Next Monday, April 17th we will be discussing A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge.

We hope you can join us!  We require no commitment – come for one meeting or come for them all.

A Fire Upon the Deep is the big, breakout book that fulfills the promise of Vinge’s career to date: a gripping tale of galactic war told on a cosmic scale. Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind’s potential is determined by its location in space, from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the limited minds of the Unthinking Depths, where only simple creatures and technology can function. Nobody knows what strange force partitioned space into these “regions of thought,” but when the warring Straumli realm use an ancient Transcendent artifact as a weapon, they unwittingly unleash an awesome power that destroys thousands of worlds and enslaves all natural and artificial intelligence.

We hope you can join us!  We require no commitment – come for one meeting or come for them all.

Tuesday Evening Book Group

Tuesday, March 14, 6:00 p.m.forgotten-room-karen-white-beatriz-williams-lauren-willig-out-jan-19

The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig.

In 1945, when the critically wounded Captain Ravenel is brought to a private hospital in Manhattan, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery connecting three generations of women in her family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion.

Tuesday Evening Book Group – Imperial Woman

Tuesday, February 14, 6:00 p.m.imperial-woman

Imperial Woman by Pearl S. Buck.

Imperial Woman is the fictionalized biography of the last Empress in China, Ci-xi, who began as a concu-bine of the Xianfeng Emperor and on his death be-came the de facto head of the Qing Dynasty until her death in 1908. Buck recreates the life of one of the most intriguing rulers during a time of intense turbulence.

Tuesday Evening Book Group – Lab Girl

Tuesday, December 13, 6:00 p.m.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren (2016).

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Jahren has studied flowers, seeds, and soil since she was a girl. She tells of the sanctuary she found in science, and the disappointments, triumphs and exhilarating discoveries of scientific work. She also tells of a relationship she forged with Bill, her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii.

Tuesday Evening Book Group – Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

Tuesday, November 8, 6:00 p.m.

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (2010).

7948230The last thing to disturb the town of Chabot, and its lone lawman, Silas Jones, was the disappearance of a teen girl nearly twenty years ago. However, when somebody tries to kill the town recluse, another young woman vanishes, and a drug dealer is found murdered all in a short amount of time, the quaint Mississippi town is shaken to the core.

Tuesday Evening Book Group – A Thousand Splendid Suns

We’ll be discussing the book A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (2007) on Tuesday, September 13 at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in our lively a_thousand_splendid_sunsdiscussion and snacks. A Thousand Splendid Suns tells of two women born a generation apart witness the destruction of their home and family in war torn Kabul and the losses incurred over the course of thirty years that test the limits of their strength and courage.

 

Tuesday Evening Book Group – The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

Everyone is welcome to attend as we discuss The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: and Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts by Joshua Hammer (2016) on Librarians book jacketTuesday, August 9 at 6:00 p.m. This book describes how a group of Timbuktu librarians enacted a daring plan to smuggle the city’s great collection of rare Islamic manuscripts away from the threat of destruction at the hands of Al Qaeda militants to the safety of southern Mali.