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Book Discussions, Book Talks, Author Visits


Novel Conversations (meets on the first Monday in the Lois Bell Room. If the first Monday is a holiday, meeting is on the second Monday.)

Mary Schons leads this 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. 327.

Monday, February 1, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown.

The 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.

Monday, March 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

The small Vermont town of West Hall has been the scene of mysterious deaths, disappearances, and ghostly sightings. The scattered pages of a turn-of-the-century diary relate the apparent beginnings of all the trouble.

Beyond Our Borders (meets on the third Monday at 3 p.m. in the Community Room. If the third Monday is a holiday, the group meets on the fourth Monday)

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, January 25 at 3 p.m.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

The award-winning author of The Financial Lives of the Poets presents a novel about a young Italian innkeeper and his almost-love affair with a beautiful American starlet.

Monday, February 22 at 3 p.m.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

When terrorists seize hostages at an embassy party, an unlikely assortment of people is thrown together, including an American opera star and a Japanese CEO, who is her biggest fan.

Monday, March 21 at 3 p.m.

The Space Between Us, by Thrity Umrigar

This novel captures the delicate balance of class and gender in contemporary India as witnessed through the eyes of two women - a middle-class housewife, and an illiterate domestic.

Monday, April 18 at 3 p.m.

Digging to America, by Anne Tyler.

Two families awaiting the arrival of their adopted infant daughters from Korea meet at the airport. Their lives become intertwined after the Donaldsons, a young American couple, invite the Yazdans — Maryam, her son,

and his Iranian American wife — to an arrival party, which becomes an annual event. Maryam, who came to America 35 years earlier, feels her values threatened when she is courted by a newly widowed Donaldson.

Books to Movies (meets on the third Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Community Room.)

This new series compares the book to the movie version on which it's based. 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. 327.

Tues., February 16 at 2 p.m.

Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. Copies of the book will be available for checkout.


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