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Book Discussions, Book Talks, Author Visits
Monday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. (group does not meet on Labor Day): The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder by Charles Graeber
“After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.”—Amazon.com
Monday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m.: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone.
Monday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m.: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
On his 100th birthday, reluctant centenarian Allan Karlsson climbs out the window of his nursing home and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey.
Monday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m.: Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Federal Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman
With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system.
NEW GROUP: Beyond Our Borders (meets on the third Monday at 3 p.m. in the Community Room.)
Aysha Haq leads this new group, which builds upon the former International Book-ings group. Books are available for check out at the Circulation Desk one month before the book is discussed. More information is at 219-931-5100 ext. 351.
Monday, September 21 at 3 p.m.: Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
During her family's annual car trip from Chicago to Mexico City, Lala Reyes listens to stories about her family, including her grandmother, the descendant of a renowned dynasty of shawl makers, whose magnificent striped shawl has come into Lala's possession.
Monday, October 19 at 3 p.m.: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Marion and Shiva Stone, twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, come of age in an Ethiopia on the brink of revolution, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.
Monday, November 16 at 3 p.m.: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
A story of friendship set in nineteenth-century China follows an elderly woman and her companion as they communicate their hopes, dreams, joys, and tragedies through a unique secret language.
Monday December 21 at 3 p.m. Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
A successful lawyer suddenly disappears leaving behind his wife and daughter. Neither have any idea where he might be until they discover an old love letter written years ago to a woman in Burma. Daughter Julia takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of her father's past as she uncovers a tale that will reaffirm the reader's belief in the power of love.
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