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Tales & Trails Book Club Print

Meets: Third Wednesdays of the month at 10:30 am

The club meets at the V.L. Gilman Nature trail entrance across from Christ Community Church on Galena Blvd.

In the even of rain, the group will meet in the Library's back enclosed porch. Participants will walk and talk on the trail.

Books are available for pick-up at the front desk one month before meeting date.

Wed. June 15, 10:30-11:30 am

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains. [Register]

Wed. July 20, 10:30-11:30 am

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine. [Register Now]

Wed. August 17, 10:30-11:30 am

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-- smart enough to know that love never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you'll remember your own first love and just how hard it pulled you under. [Register]

Wed. Sept 21, 10:30-11:30 am

The Martian by Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive -- and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. But mark isn't ready to give up yet. [Register] *Special Lecture*

Wed. Oct 19, 10:30-11:30 am

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters and unforgettable scenes. Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty--a twenty-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre--took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiousity into her life's work. Now a licensed mortician with an alternative funeral practice, Caitlin argues that our fear of dying warps our culture and society. [Register now]

Adult Book Discussion Print

Meets: First Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm in the Board Room.

Books are available for pick-up at the front desk one month before meeting date.

Tues. July 5, 6:30-7:30 pm

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman -- Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir Out of Africa.

Tues. Aug 2, 6:30-7:30 pm

My Antonia by Willa Cather

A New York lawyer remembers his boyhood in Nebraska and his friendship with a pioneer Bohemian girl. Willa Cather's heartfelt novel is the unforgettable story of an immigrant woman's life on the hardscrabble Nebraska plains. Through Jim Burden's affectionate reminiscence of his childhood friend, the free-spirited Ántonia Shimerda, a larger, uniquely American portrait emerges, both of a community struggling with unforgiving terrain and of a woman who, amid great hardship, stands as a timeless inspiration.

Tues. Sept 6, 6:30-7:30 pm

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

The story follows Hetty Handful Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. "The Invention of Wings" follws the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist, and importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself ot go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined.

Tues. Oct 4, 6:30-7:30 pm

Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons

A family without men, the Birches live gloriously offbeat lives in the lush, green backwoods of North Carolina. In a sad and singular era, they are unique among women of their time. For radiant, headstrong Sophia and her shy and brilliant daughter Margaret possess powerful charms to ward off loneliness, despair, and the human misery that all too often beats a path to their door. And they are protected through the years by the eccentric wisdom and muscular love of the most stalwart Birch of all - a solid, unbending and uncompromising self-taught healer who can cure everything from boils to broken hones to broken hearts ... a remarkable matriarch who calls herself Charlie Kate.

Tues. Nov 1, 6:30-7:30 pm

Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

During a party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the road and sees her mother speak to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy. Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to the family farm for Dorothy's ninetieth birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by questions she has not thought about for decades.

Tues. Dec 6, 6:30-7:30 pm

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

In a life that spanned nearly a century and witnessed some of the most momentous events in American history, Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave. She earned her freedom by the skill of her needle and won the friendship of First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln with her devotion. In her sweeping historical novel, Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini illuminates the extraordinary relationship the two women shared, beginning in the hallowed halls of the White House during the trials of the Civil War and enduring almost, but not quite, to the end of Mrs. Lincoln's days.

Mystery Readers Book Club Print

Meets: First Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm in the Board Room.

Books are available for pick-up at the front desk one month before meeting date.

Thur. July 7, 6:30-7:30 pm

Bloom and Doom by Beverly Allen

As the co-owner of The Rose in Bloom, Audrey Bloom creates magnificent flower arrangements for brides-to-be. Though helping to plan a wedding can be stressful, it's nothing compared to the groom turning up dead.

Thurs. Aug 4, 6:30-7:30 pm

Death on Eat Street by J.J. Cook

Zoe Chase always wanted to own her own restaurant - but first, she'll have to serve up a heaping helping of meals on wheels, with a side of mystery...

When she's once again passed over for a promotion at work, Zoe decides to take the big leap and go for her dream. She quits, gives up her fancy digs, and buys a fixer-upper diner in a shady part of town. To keep above water during the renovation, she buys a used food truck to serve the downtown and waterfront of Mobile, Alabama.

After a promising start, things start to go downhill faster than a food truck without brakes. First, someone tries to rob the cash register. Next, Zoe is threatened by the owner of a competing food truck for taking their spot. And when the owner ends up dead inside Zoe's rolling restaurant, Zoe and her sole employee, Ollie, find themselves hopping out of the frying pan into the fryer. They need to find the real killer, before both of them get burned.

Thurs. Sept 1, 6:30-7:30 pm

Murder on the Rocks by Karen Macinerey

Trading Texas heat for Maine's tangy salt air, Natalie Barnes risked it all to buy the Gray Whale Inn, a quaint bed and breakfast on Cranberry Island. She adores whipping up her signature blueberry coffee cake and killer cranberry scones for her guests. But when her guests start turning up dead, the police and most of the townspeople think Natalie has added murder to the mix.

Now, Natalie must get cooking to solve the mystery and find the true killer before she loses the Gray Whale Inn. Or her life...

Thurs. Oct 6, 6:30-7:30 pm


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Thurs. Nov 3, 6:30-7:30 pm

Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown

Mackinac Island is a peaceful summer resort town where everyone coasts through the streets on bicycles. But after someone sends a prominent local on her final ride, it's up to one resourceful visitor to get things running again...

Hoping to shift her chances of a promotion in her favor, Evie Bloomfield heads to Mackinac Island to assist her boss's father. Rudy Randolph has broken his leg and operating his bike shop, Rudy's Rides, is too much to handle by himself. But Evie's good turn only leads to more trouble...
After Evie's arrival, wealthy resident Bunny Harrington dies in what looks like a freak bike accident. Upon closer inspection, Bunny's brakes were tampered with, and now the prime suspect in her murder is also Bunny's number one enemy: Rudy. So if Evie hopes to stay on her boss's good side, she'll need to steer Rudy clear of jail. Now she must quickly solve this mystery so she can put the brakes on the real killer's plan...
Thurs. Dec 1, 6:30-7:30 pm

Silent Knife by Shelley Freydont

Celebration Bay is full of yuletide cheer - but it's hard to remain festive when someone's out to slay Santa. It's Liv Montgomery's first Christmas out of Manhattan and in Celebration Bay. They've got a tree to rival Rockefeller Center's, but this year's holidays are turning out to be a disaster. As the small town's event planner, Liv wants everything to be perfect. Unfortunately, the local Christmas shop has been replaced by the gaudy Trim a Tree - complete with tacky ornaments and a new replacement Santa who isn't spreading any cheer.At the town's annual Celebration of Lights, Trim a Tree is the only shop left unlit. Liv, furious, goes to investigate, and discovers something even less festive - the store's new Santa has been murdered. Small-town gossip begins to stir, and Liv must clear the name of the previous town Santa just in the nick of time before the real killer ruins Christmas.


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