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Book Discussions, Book Talks, Author Visits

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Novel Conversations (meets on the first Monday. 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, May 2, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.: The Art Thief by Noah Charney. In the wake of the thefts of three priceless art treasures from Rome, Paris, and London, art detective Gabriel Coffin and art historian Genevieve Delacloche team up to investigate a series of false leads, forgeries, and bizarre clues.

Monday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m.: Private: #1 Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Pietro. When a former lover is found murdered in Jack's bed, he is instantly the number one suspect. While the police are investigating Jack, the mob strong arms him into recovering $30 million in stolen pharmaceuticals, and the beautiful manager of a luxury hotel chain persuades him to quietly investigate a spree of murders occurring on their properties. Fighting for his life on both sides of the law, Jack realizes that he may not be able to save himself this time. A sequel to Private, discussed last year in the Novel Conversations book club!

Beyond Our Borders (meets on the third Monday. If the third Monday is a holiday, meeting is on the fourth Monday)

Aysha Haq 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. 351. Thanks to the Friends for their support.

Monday, May 16 at 3 p.m.: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, by Anthony Marra. This debut novel by Pushcart Prize-winning author Anthony Marra is set in rural Chechnya during the region's war with Russia. Though events shift in time, the main focus is a five-day period in 2004, when an eight-year-old girl witnesses her father's abduction by Russian soldiers. Swearing to protect the girl, local doctor Akhmed (whose true passion is portraiture), brings her to a crumbling hospital, run by a hardened but dedicated surgeon, for safety.

Monday, June 20 at 3 p.m.: Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, longtime New Orleans residents Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun are cast into an unthinkable struggle with forces beyond wind and water. In the days after the storm, Abdulrahman traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could. A week later, on September 6, 2005, Zeitoun abruptly disappeared-- arrested and accused of being an agent of al Qaeda.

Monday, July 18 at 3 p.m.: I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai. I am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

Monday, August 15 at 3 p.m.: The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, by Edward Kelsey Moore. Forging a friendship at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Odette, Clarice and Barbara Jean meet regularly at the first diner owned by black proprietors in their Indiana city and are watched throughout the years by a big-hearted man who observes their struggles with school, marriage, parenthood and beyond.

Books to Movies (meets on the third Tuesday)

Brianna Bone leads this series, which compares a book to the movie on which it's based. Books are available for check out at the Circulation Desk one month before the book is discussed. Details are at 219-931-5100 ext. 331.

Thanks to the Friends for their support.

Tuesday, May 17 at 2 p.m.: These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach. When Dr. Ravi Kapoor's cousin sets up a retirement home in India, Ravi's father-in-law is one of its first guests, but what the renovation lacks in promised amenities and luxury, it makes up for in adventure, stunning beauty, and unexpected love. Movie version: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Tuesday, June 21 at 2 p.m.: Still Alice by Lisa Genova. Feeling at the top of her game when she is suddenly diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease, Harvard psychologist Alice Howland struggles to find meaning and purpose in her life as her concept of self gradually slips away.

Tuesday, July 19 at 2 p.m.: Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper's son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.

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