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The Book Exchange: Popular and Eclectic

Director's Cut: Non-Fiction Book Club

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 or visit the Library today.
Select Thursdays at 7 pm

The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingatestory_keeper.jpg
Thursday, May 18 at 7 pm

Jen Gibbs is a successful New York editor for Vida House Publishing. Jen has just moved into a new position and all seems like she is at the top of her game until she comes upon a mysterious manuscript. Once she starts to read it she is drawn into the life of the main character, Sarra, a mixed-race Melungeon girl. Sara is in grave danger in the turn of the century Appalachia. Jen tries to find the hidden origins of the manuscript and unknown author. When the trail takes her toward the Blue Ridge Mountains and a life she left behind, she must decide if the price of the blockbuster book deal is one she is willing to pay.

breath_becomes_air.jpgWhen Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
June 15 at 7 pm

At the age of thirty-six, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. Kalanithi wrestles with many questions while facing his mortality. He questioned what makes life worth living in the face of death. What happens as your life goes from climbing the ladder to a flat perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, a new life as another is fading away. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? The author died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. “I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything,” he wrote. This is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.

Fates and Traitors by Jennifer Chiaverinifates_traitors.jpg
July 20 at 7 pm

A book of historical fiction, this is the story of the notorious John Wilkes Booth and the four women who kept his confidence. John Wilkes Booth was the son of an acclaimed British stage actor and a Covent Garden flower girl.  Booth who is often portrayed as a shadowy, violent loner who became the most hated man in America after he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. Here is the story of the four women he loved and who loved him in return.

wright_brothers.jpgThe Wright Brothers by David McCullough
August 17 at 7 pm

This is the story of the courageous brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright who taught the world how to fly. They were men of determination, ceaseless curiosity, and many intellectual interests. When they worked together, nothing seemed insurmountable. The two brothers were bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio. Wilbur was a genius and Orville had a great deal of mechanical ingenuity. Their sister, Katharine, believed in them and supported their mission to take to the air. Then on December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, they made history with the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered aircraft.

Director's Cut: Non-Fiction Book Club

Join the Director in this book group which focuses on non-fiction works of interest. To join the Director's Cut Book Club for one or all of their discussions, call (419) 433-5009, email or visit the Library today.
Select Wednesdays at 3 pm


becoming_wise.jpgBecoming Wise by Krista Tippett
May 24 at 3 pm

Host of NPR’s On Being, Krista Tippett, has built a career interviewing interesting people, those whose insights about the world spark a sense of wonder and discovery. In Becoming Wise, Tippett distills the insights she has gleaned from her luminous conversations into a coherent narrative journey. These conversations, with scientists, poets, activists, and theologians from a variety of faiths, become a master class in living, curated by Tippett.



Evicted by Matthew Desmond evicted.jpg
June 28 at 3 pm

In Evicted, Sociologist Matthew Desmond follows 8 families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. When low income housing requires 70, 80, or even 90 percent of a families’ income, evictions are no longer a consequence of poverty, but now a cause. Desmond’s work transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while also providing fresh ideas on how to solve one of America’s most devastating problems.

sapiens.jpgSapiens: A brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
July 26 at 3 pm

Historian Harari’s, Sapiens, groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution explores the ways biology and history define us as human. One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?

Harari’s approach breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Eganworst_hard_time.jpg
August 23 at 3 pm

Egan’s The Worst Hard Time is a riveting story of humanity’s hubris, political corruption, and environmental disaster during the Great American Dust Bowl, set against the backdrop of the Great Depression. Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, going from sod homes to new framed houses to huddling in basements with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile effort to keep the dust out. Drawing on the voices of those who stayed and survived, fading voices of those now in their eighties and nineties, Egan tells a story of American endurance and heroism, with lessons for those who take disastrous trends in nature lightly.

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 or visit the Library today.
Select Mondays at 7 pm

When the Music’s Over by Peter Robinsonmusics_over.jpg
Monday, May 15 at 7 pm

This is the twenty-third book in Robinson’s Inspector Banks series.  In this story Alan Banks is newly promoted to Detective Superintendent and is working a cold case that happened decades earlier. His current suspect has become a celebrity and all the old evidence has gone missing. Meanwhile, Detective Inspector Annie Cabot is trying to solve a present day murder of a young girl but is encountering many roadblocks along the way.


angels_burning.jpgAngel’s Burning by Tawni O’Dell
June 19 at 7 pm

This book is about Dove Carnahan and her hometown of Campbell’s Run. The reader is taken on a suspenseful ride through the murder investigation of a local teenage girl. Dove, a small town police chief, is forced to dig into her own shadowy past as she investigates the murder. She must face the similarities between her own family’s past traumas and those of the murdered girl’s family.


Prayers the Devil Answers by Sharyn McCrumbprayers_the_devil_answers.jpg
July 17 at 7 pm

Ellie Robbins is a newly widowed wife and mother who lives in a small, Appalachian, mountain town. After her husband dies, Ellie takes the only job available: that of her late husband, the local sheriff. Ellie can handle herself but is treated with wariness by the males under her command. She also must deal with a convicted killer with whom she has ties who will be facing a death sentence under Ellie’s watch.


sweetness_bottom_pie.jpgSweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Brady
August 21 at 7 pm

An aspiring chemist, eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce has a passion for poison. In this tale set in the summer of 1950, Flavia becomes involved in a series of inexplicable events. First, a dead bird is found on the doorstep with a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then secondly, hours later, Flavia watches a man take his last breath while lying in the cucumber patch. Flavia is both appalled and delighted; life takes an unexpected turn when murder comes to her family’s once-grand mansion in Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”

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.

Summer Dates: Wednesdays- June 21, July 19 and August 16 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.


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