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 First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
December 14 (off site)
This captivating book tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Although inspiring hope, residents begin to ask if this is the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax. Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief, with power and emotion to touch your soul, this work is moving and unexpected.
The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson
This heart-warming book is based on the true story of Steven Satlow, an eight-year-old Brooklyn resident who only cares about one thing — the Dodgers. Tackling race relations in the 1940s, the story involves a rumor that an African American family is moving to his all-Jewish neighborhood, which has some of the neighbors upset. But young Steve knows that this is wrong; his hero, Jackie Robinson, broke the color barrier in baseball the year before. Imagine his surprise and glee when Steve's new neighbor is Jackie Robinson! Filled with hopes for the upcoming baseball season, Steve is most excited for the possibility that he may become friends with his hero.
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
As the daughter of a Midwestern meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house, until one night she witnesses the motorcycle accident of one of her father’s thugs, Kellen- a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold. Her relationship with Kellen becomes the one tender thing in an otherwise gritty and brutal world. This powerful and unexpected tale reveals the beautiful and wonderful things we can find, even when all appears ugly to the outside world.
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 email@example.com or visit the Library today.
Select Wednesdays at 3 pm
White Trash by Nancy Isenberg
January 24 at 3 pm (two books)
Nancy Isenberg well-researched book, White Trash, tackles the truth about enduring, malevolent nature of class divisions in America. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Reconstruction pitted poor whites against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics–-a widely popular movement embraced by Theodore Roosevelt that targeted poor whites for sterilization. Marginalized as a class, ‘white trash’ have always been at or near the center of major political debates
over the character of the American identity.
Hillbilly Elegy by JD Vance
January 24 at 3 pm
Thematically similar to White Trash, JD Vance’s popular book is a more personal story about the demons of his white working class upbringing, despite having gained upward mobility. In Hillbilly Elegy, Vance equates his family history with the decline of the white working class in America. Hillbilly Elegy was selected as the BGSU Firelands Common Read for 2018. In January, the book club will be comparing and discussing both books.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
Wednesday, February 28 at 3 pm
For Kamkwamba and his community, life in Malawi was ruled more by magical thinking than scientific reasoning. But drought, hunger, and thirst drove the author to dream with an innovative streak: to build a windmill to provide running water and electricity. Armed with old textbooks and scrap metal, Kamkwamba embarked on a daring idea to change the world around him. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity.
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
A Cold Day in Paradise by Steve Hamilton
November 20 at 7 pm
This book won both the Edgar and Shamus awards for Best First Novel, launching Steve Hamilton into the top ranks of today's crime writers. In this book, former Detroit cop Alex McKnight, nearly died at the crime scene that took his partner’s life. He now lives with a bullet lodged near his heart but he is comforted by the knowledge that the man convicted of the crimes has been locked away for years. Now McKnight is in the small town of Paradise, Michigan where he lives peaceably until a murderer with the same unmistakable trademark appears to be back. Only Alex ever knew the details of the old murders and now he has to unravel the truth behind the current murders.
Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman
January 22 at 7 pm
A New York Times best seller from the daughter of acclaimed author Tony Hillerman, this riveting Southwestern mystery captures the beauty of Navajo Country and the rituals and customs of its people. The story begins as a deadly bombing takes Navajo Tribal cops Bernadette Manuelito, Jim Chee, and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, back into the past to find a vengeful killer. When a car bomb kills a young man in the Shiprock High School parking lot, Officer Manuelito discovers that the intended victim was a mediator for a multi-million-dollar development planned at the Grand Canyon. Suspecting ecoterrorism, the investigators discover the events to be something far more nefarious and complex. Piecing together the clues, Bernadette and her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, uncover a scheme to disrupt the negotiations and inflame tensions between the Hopi and Dine tribes. In addition, retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn begins to suspect that the bombing may be linked to a cold case he handled years ago. As he, Bernadette, and Chee carefully pull away the layers behind the crime, they make a disturbing discovery: a meticulous and very patient killer with a long-simmering plan of revenge.
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
February 26 at 7 pm
Paying homage to Agatha Christie in a chilling, ingeniously original modern-day mystery, this tale follows editor Susan Ryeland as she is given the manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, believing it will not be much different from any of his others. She's already intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. Despite Alan’s troubling behavior, his traditional formula has proved so hugely successful Susan must continue to forge ahead if she wants to keep her job. Conway's latest tale has Atticus investigating a murder at a local manor house. As expected, there are dead bodies and a host of intriguing suspects, but the more Susan reads, the more she's convinced that there is another story hidden in the pages of the manuscript: one of real-life jealousy, greed, ruthless ambition, and murder. Already acclaimed, Magpie Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective.
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- December 20, January 17, and February 21 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.