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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Library today.
Select Thursdays at 7 pm
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
This work details the tragic stories of young women employed as dial painters during World War I. Lured to these prestigious and well-paying jobs, workers were often the daughters of immigrants, and unaware of the dangers of the radioactive paint present in their workplace-which caused their bodies and clothes to glow, even outside of work. With America's entry into World War I, demand skyrocketed, but soon, many employees suffered aching teeth and jaws, sore joints, and sarcomas. As their ailments worsened, many sought answers. Employers met them with denials and misinformation even as evidence mounted that radium poisoned these women. Justice came too late for many of the women, who endured
several trials, and thousands of dollars in doctor and attorney fees.
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Murdered at 14, Susie Salmon is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her. She witnesses her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, and her grief-stricken family unraveling. But despite unspeakable tragedy and loss, this book builds a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
This bestseller traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. Set in the progressive Cleveland suburb Shaker Heights, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. But things are shaken up by Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. The Richardson children are drawn to the Warrens, but Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town, putting Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia, Elena is determined to uncover Mia’s secret past, her efforts will come at unexpected and devastating costs. This tale explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood, and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass
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.
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 email@example.com, or visit the Library today.
Select Wednesdays at 3 pm
March: Books 1 ,2 and 3 by John Lewis
August 22 at 3 pm
These graphic novels are Congressman John Lewis' first-hand accounts of his lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.
White Hurricane by David G. Brown | Discussion led by Debbie K.
On Friday, November 7, 1913, after four days of winds up to 90 miles an hour, whiteout blizzard conditions, and mountainous seas, 19 ships had been lost on the great-lakes, 238 sailors were dead, and Cleveland was confronting the worst natural disaster in its history.
David G. Brown combines narrative intensity with factual depth to re-create the "perfect storm" that struck America's heartland. Brown has created a vast epic ranging over Lakes Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie and echoing down the decades. (Amazon.com)
Give Us the Ballot by Ari Berman | Discussion led by Barbara W.
Countless books have been written about the civil rights movement, but far less attention has been paid to what happened after the dramatic passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 and the turbulent forces it unleashed. In this groundbreaking narrative history, Ari Berman charts both the transformation of American democracy under the VRA and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit it from the moment the act was signed into law. The VRA is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement, and yet―more than fifty years later―the battles over race, representation, and political power continue, as lawmakers devise new strategies to keep minorities out of the voting booth, while the Supreme Court has declared a key part of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional.
Through meticulous research, in-depth interviews, and incisive on-the-ground reporting, Give Us the Ballot offers the first comprehensive history of its kind, and provides new insight into one of the most vital political and civil rights issues of our time. (Amazon.com)
Craig and Fred by Craig Grossi | Discussion led by Janet S.
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Library today.
Select Mondays at 7 pm
The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Khan
August 20 at 7 pm
Detective Esa Khattak is in the midst of his evening prayers when he receives a phone call asking that he and his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, look into the death of a local man who has fallen off a cliff. As a team that handles minority sensitive cases, it at first seems that Christopher Drayton's death - which looks like an accident - doesn't seem to warrant a police investigation. But it soon comes to light that Drayton might have been living under an assumed name, and he may not have been the upstanding Canadian citizen he appeared to be. In fact, he may have been a Bosnian War criminal, with ties to a brutal massacre. As the detectives investigate the only thing that becomes clear is that there are no easy answers.
Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse by Nancy Atherton, 2017
Set in early April in the small English village of Finch, Lori Shepherd's husband and sons are spending Easter break camping, and she is perfectly happy to be left at home with Bess. The two attend a village events committee meeting and Lori is astonished when the elderly, soft-spoken widow Mrs. Annabelle Craven announces that she's decided to hold a quilting bee in the old schoolhouse. At the quilting bee, Lori ends up seated beside Mrs. Craven, delighted at the opportunity to learn more about her neighbor's life in the nearby village of Old Cowerton. But the sweet old woman’s stories reveal a startling secret about her first husband's death. With Aunt Dimity's advice, Lori sets out to learn the truth about what the residents of Old Cowerton refer to as the "widow's curse.” The deeper she digs, the more horrifying the tale becomes, until she discovers the most astounding revelation of all!
Inferno by Dan Brown, 2013
In this harrowing tale, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante's Inferno. In the heart of Italy, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science.
Look Again by Lisa Scottoline, 2009
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.
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 at 7 pm
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.