Issues and Interests is a discussion group that meets twice a month. Each meeting focuses on a
different topic chosen by our group members. Anyone can attend, and anyone can volunteer to
choose a topic for a future meeting. Healthy debate is encouraged, and our goals are to educate
one another and be exposed to new information and different points of view.
Beginning in April, meetings will be held the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month
From 5:30 - 6:30 PM
All are welcome!
Free Computer Classes with Rajabali Karimi
Tuesdays 10:30—11:30 AM and Thursdays 2:30-3:30 PM
Sign up now to reserve your seat & to let us know how we can best serve you!
The group will meet at the library on Tuesday, May 19, 2:30 p.m.
Come in to pick up a copy of the printed discussion schedule at the circulation desk.
Copies of the book are available at the library and through OFF THE BEATEN PATH.
Those attending are encouraged to bring recommendations for titles to be discussed at future meetings.
We also have a new group started - READ ALONE TOGETHER
Next meeting is Tuesday May 12 from 2:00-4:00
Meetings Scheduled - 3rd Tuesday of month at 2:30 pm
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan (F)
Mamah Borthwick Cheney and her husband Edwin in 1903 commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (F)
Recently retired, sweet, emotionally numb Harold Fry is jolted out of his passivity by a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an old friend, who he hasn’t heard from in twenty years. She has written to say she is in hospice and wanted to say goodbye. Leaving his tense, bitter wife Maureen to her chores, Harold intends a quick walk to the corner mailbox to post his reply, but instead he becomes convinced he must deliver his message in person to Queenie–who is 600 miles away–because as long as he keeps walking, Harold believes that Queenie will not die.
House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid (NF)
The author was a world–renowned, Pulitzer Prize–winning Lebanese American journalist who died while covering the uprising in Syria.
In the summer of 2006, racing through Lebanon to report on the Israeli invasion, Anthony Shadid found himself in his family’s ancestral hometown of Marjayoun. There, he discovered his great–grandfather’s once magnificent estate in near ruins, devastated by war. In this bittersweet and resonant memoir, Shadid creates a mosaic of past and present, tracing the house’s renewal alongside the history of his family’s flight from Lebanon and resettlement in America around the turn of the twentieth century. In the process, he memorializes a lost world and provides profound insights into a shifting Middle East.
Light in August by William Faulkner (F)
This novel about hopeful perseverance in the face of mortality, features some of Faulkner’s most memorable characters: guileless, dauntless Lena Grove, in search of the father of her unborn child; Reverend Gail Hightower, who is plagued by visions of Confederate horsemen; and Joe Christmas, a desperate, enigmatic drifter consumed by his mixed ancestry.
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
by Candice Millard (NF)
James Abram Garfield was one of the most extraordinary men ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, a renowned congressman, and a reluctant presidential candidate who took on the nation’s corrupt political establishment. But four months after Garfield’s inauguration in 1881, he was shot in the back by a deranged office–seeker named Charles Guiteau. Garfield survived the attack, but became the object of bitter, behind–the–scenes struggles.
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown (NF)
The improbable, intimate account of how nine working–class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.
Chaperone by Laura Moriarty (F)
Only a few years before becoming a famous silent–film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen–year–old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty–six–year–old chaperone, who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle, a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip, has no idea what she’s in for. Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous black bob with blunt bangs, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will transform their lives forever.
Sycamore Row by John Grisham (F)
Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County’s most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises many more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly? And what does it all have to do with a piece of land once known as Sycamore Row?
HERITAGE ROOM EXHIBIT
Richard Russ will have his photographs The Miracle of Flowers on display for the month of April