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Book Discussions, Book Talks, Author Visits

Novel Conversations (meets on the first Monday in the Lois Bell Room. When the first Monday falls on a holiday, the group meets on the second Monday.)

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, 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.

Friends of the Library / Hammond Historical Society joint meeting

Saturday, November 7 at 10 a.m.

This joint meeting is free and open to the public. Thad Zale, coauthor of Tony Zale: The Man of Steel, discusses the life and career of his uncle, a Region boy who became a world boxing champion.

Hammond Public Library, 564 State Street, Hammond, Indiana 46320, (219) 931-5100