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The Book Exchange: Popular and Eclectic

Real Reads (formerly Director's Cut)

The Mystery Book Group

Socrates Cafe: Community Discussion Group


The Book Exchange

Join fellow readers on the third Thursday of each month at 7 pm. Books are selected by the group on an annual basis. To join the Book Exchange for one or all of their discussions, call (419) 433-5009, email huron@huronlibrary.org or visit the Library today.
Select Thursdays at 7 pm

house_among_trees.jpgA House Among the Trees by Julia Glass
November 15

When world-renowned children's book author Mort Lear dies suddenly, he leaves behind a wholly unexpected will, an idyllic country house, and difficult secrets about a childhood far darker than those of his beloved characters. His final wishes disrupt the lives of Tommy Daulair, his longtime live-in assistant; Merry Galarza, a museum curator betrayed by those wishes; and Nick Greene, an actor preparing to play Lear in a movie.  Visiting Lear’s home, Nick and Tommy discover what it means to be entrusted with the great writer's legacy and reputation. Despite his generous bequest, Tommy realizes that the man to whom she devoted decades of her life has left her with grave doubts about her past as well as her future. This is a story about friendship and love, artistic ambition, the perils of fame, and the sacrifices made by those who serve the demands of a creative genius.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Iveysnow_child.jpg
December 20

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart--he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone--but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them. –From Amazon

 

dead_wake.jpgDead Wake by Erik Larson
January 17

Dead Wake details the sinking of the luxury ocean liner Lusitania… It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love. Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.
- From Goodreads

 

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingatebefore_we_were_yours.jpg
February 21

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.- From Goodreads


Real Reads

(formerly Director's Cut: Non-Fiction Book Club)

Join this book group which focuses on non-fiction works of interest. To join the Real Reads Book Club for one or all of their discussions, call (419) 433-5009, email huron@huronlibrary.org, or visit the Library today.
Select Wednesdays at 3 pm

 

craig_and_fred.jpgCraig and Fred by Craig Grossi  | Discussion led by Janet S.
November 28

The uplifting and unforgettable true story of a US Marine, the stray dog he met on an Afghan battlefield, and how they saved each other and now travel America together, "spreading the message of stubborn positivity." A poignant and inspiring tale of hope, resilience, and optimism, with a timeless message at its heart—"it is not what happens to us that matters, but how we respond to it"—Craig & Fred is a shining example of the power of love to transform our hearts and our lives. (Amazon.com)


December – No meeting

Longitude: the true story of a lone genius who solved the greatest scientific problem of his timelongitude.jpg
by Dava Sobel
January 23

Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day-and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives and the increasing fortunes of nations hung on a resolution. One man, John Harrison, in complete opposition to the scientific community, dared to imagine a mechanical solution-a clock that would keep precise time at sea, something no clock had ever been able to do on land.

Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of Harrison's forty-year obsession with building his perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer. Full of heroism and chicanery, it is also a fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation, and clockmaking, and opens a new window on our world. – Amazon

educated.jpgEducated by Tara Westover
February 27

Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty, and of the grief that comes from severing one’s closest ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes, and the will to change it.

 


The Mystery Book Group

This group meets monthly (January - November) on select Mondays at 7 PM. Books are chosen with input from the group. To join the Mystery Book Group for one or all of their discussions, call (419) 433-5009, email huron@huronlibrary.org or visit the Library today.
Select Mondays at 7 pm

 

look_again.jpgLook Again by Lisa Scottoline, 2009
November 19 

What would you do if the picture on a Missing Child poster looked like your adopted son? This is the dilemma faced by reporter Ellen Gleeson when she receives a flyer in the mail. Her heart stops when she sees a photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Although she knows his adoption was lawful, she investigates the story behind the flyer, uncovering clues no one was meant to discover, and when she digs too deep, she risks losing her own life--and that of the son she loves.

 


December- no meeting

The First Eagle by Tony Hillermanfirst_eagle.jpg
January 28

From the popular Leaphorn and Chee series, this tale starts with an open-and-shut case of a Navajo Tribal police officer-until Joe Leaphorn blows it wide open. Now retired from the Navajo Tribal Police, Leaphorn has been hired to find a hot-headed female biologist hunting for the key to a virulent plague lurking in the Southwest, who disappeared from the same area the same day the Navajo cop was murdered. Is she a suspect or another victim? And there is a report that a skinwalker--a Navajo witch--was seen at the same time and place too. For Leaphorn and Chee, the answers lie buried in a complicated knot of superstition and science, in a place where the worlds of native peoples and outside forces converge and collide.

 

nightblind.jpgNightblind by Ragnar Jonasson, 2017
February 25

In the doldrums of winter, the mystery club travels to Iceland where Ari Thór Arason is a local policeman, who has an uneasy relationships with the villagers in an idyllically quiet fishing village in northern Iceland. The peace of this close-knit community is shattered by a murder, when one of Ari's colleagues is killed in the dead of night in a deserted house. With the dark Arctic waters closing in, and a killer on the loose, it falls to Ari Thor to piece together an intricate puzzle that involves a new mayor and a psychiatric ward in Reykjavik. It seems tragic events from the past are weaving a sinister spell that may threaten them all.


Socrates Cafe: Community Discussion Group

Huron Public Library is proud to present a monthly meeting of the grass roots community discussion movement, Socrates Café. The group is moderated by Jarret Pervola, professor of philosophy and the arts at Lorain County Community College. Pervola brought the concept to the Library in 2011. It is now entering its fourth successful year.

Fall Dates: Wednesdays- August 8, September19, October 17, and November 14 (canceled) at 7 pm
Winter Dates: Wednesdays- December 19, January 16, and February 20

While dates are determined in advance on a season-by-season basis, discussion topics are not. Socrates Café is, in the spirit of its great philosophical namesake, concerned with allowing the participants of the regular discussions to determine the ongoing course of their conversations. Each month's topic flows out of the preceding meeting's conversation and hence the interests and concerns of those participating.

UPCOMING DISCUSSION TOPICS AND MORE

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