Tuesday Evening Book Group

On Tuesday, August 8th at 6:00 p.m. we will be discussing The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.Unlikely pilgrimage of harold fry

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning a letter arrives, addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl, from a woman he hasn’t heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. But before Harold mails off a quick reply, a chance encounter convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. In his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold Fry embarks on an urgent quest. Determined to walk six hundred miles to the hospice, Harold believes that as long as he walks, Queenie will live. A novel of charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts,

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Tuesday Evening Book Group

We will be discussing Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime on Tuesday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m.born a crime cover

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother: his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

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.

 

Tuesday Evening Book Group – The Girls of Atomic City

Tuesday, June 14, 6:00 p.m.

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan (2013).

The incredible story of the young women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who unwittingly played a crucial role in one of the most significant moments in U.S. history.

The Tennessee town of Oakgirls of atomic city Ridge was created from scratch in 1942. One of the Manhattan Project’s secret cities, it didn’t appear on any maps until 1949, and yet at the height of World War II it was using more electricity than New York City and was home to more than 75,000 people, many of them young women recruited from small towns across the South. Their jobs were shrouded in mystery, but they were buoyed by a sense of shared purpose, close friendships—and a surplus of handsome scientists and Army men!

But against this vibrant wartime backdrop, a darker story was unfolding. The penalty for talking about their work—even the most innocuous details—was job loss and eviction. One woman was recruited to spy on her coworkers. They all knew something big was happening at Oak Ridge, but few could piece together the true nature of their work until the bomb “Little Boy” was dropped over Hiroshima, Japan, and the secret was out. The shocking revelation: the residents of Oak Ridge were enriching uranium for the atomic bomb.

Though the young women originally believed they would leave Oak Ridge after the war, many met husbands there, made lifelong friends, and still call the seventy-year-old town home. The reverberations from their work there—work they didn’t fully understand at the time—are still being felt today. In The Girls of Atomic City, Denise Kiernan traces the astonishing story of these unsung WWII workers through interviews with dozens of surviving women and other Oak Ridge residents. Like The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, this is history and science made fresh and vibrant—a beautifully told, deeply researched story that unfolds in a suspenseful and exciting way.

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Tuesday Evening Book Club – Thinking in Pictures

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

Thinking in Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin (1996).51j6hzp5gbl

Dr. Temple Grandin is a gifted animal scientist and professor. She also lectures widely on autism because she is autistic. In her enlightening autobiography she explains how she thinks, feels, and experiences the world in ways that are incomprehensible to the rest of us.

The Outer Edge Book Club: Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

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Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

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, July 20th,  we will be discussing Old Man’s War by John Scalzi.

John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife’s grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So: we fight. To defend Earth, and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

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

Outer Edge Book Club: Sirens of Titan

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

Vonnegut Sirens of Titan

Vonnegut Sirens of Titan

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, June 15th,  we will be discussing Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut.

The Sirens of Titan is an outrageous romp through space, time, and morality. The richest, most depraved man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course there’s a catch to the invitation–and a prophetic vision about the purpose of human life that only Vonnegut has the courage to tell.

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

Tuesday Evening Book Club – The Alchemist

The Tuesday Evening Book Club meets the second Tuesday of each month where we discuss a mixture of fiction and nonfiction books.

Tuesday, February 10, 6:00 p.m. – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

 

The Outer Edge – The Child Thief

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/OuterEdgechild thief

Next Monday, December 15th,  we will be discussing The Child Thief by Brom.  Our members enjoyed reading Brom’s Krampus The Yule Lord last December so much we decided to make it a December tradition!

Peter is quick, daring, and full of mischief—and like all boys, he loves to play, though his games often end in blood. His eyes are sparkling gold, and when he graces you with his smile you are his friend for life, but his promised land is not Neverland.

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