The Great American Read coming in May 2018

PBS will be hosting THE GREAT AMERICAN READ in May 2018. GAR will launch with a two-hour special event on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, at 8 p.m. on PBS stations nationally. Over the course of 15 weeks in the summer, viewers can read and vote on favorite works of fiction; the series then returns in the fall with additional episodes exploring the nominated books through themes including “Heroes,” “Villains & Monsters,” “Who Am I?,” “What We Do for Love,” “Other Worlds,” and will conclude with an exciting finale and countdown to “America’s Best-Loved Book.”

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March 26 - Beartown

At our February 26th meeting we had 9 members present and discussed the book Open Season by C.J. Box.  Everyone liked the book and felt it was a very good start of the series.  It was highly rated as a fun read by the group but there were a few criticisms.  The story centered around Joe Pickett, Wyoming game warden and a case that involves the murder, deceit and the endangered species act. Most criticism focused on the stereotypes of characters and the negative portrayal of almost all the women in the book.  I personally felt that actions of Marybeth (Joe's wife) in the key confrontation were completely out of character for anyone who had ever lived in a remote area.  Anyway, it was a lively discussion and we had grapes and nanaimo bars for treats.

Our next book is Beartown by Fredrik Backman. Our bookgroup has read two other books by this author including A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry.  Book discussion will take place on March 26th at 3pm in the LME Library's large meeting room. Copies of Beartown can be picked up at the circulation desk and discussion sheets are available with the book or online.

Beartown summary: "From the New York Times bestselling author comes a poignant, charming novel about a forgotten town fractured by scandal, and the amateur hockey team that might just change everything. Winning a junior ice hockey championship might not mean a lot to the average person, but it means everything to the residents of Beartown, a community slowly being eaten alive by unemployment and the surrounding wilderness. A victory like this would draw national attention to the ailing town: it could attract government funding and an influx of talented athletes who would choose Beartown over the big nearby cities. At first, it seems like the team might have a shot at fulfilling the dreams of their entire town. But one night at a drunken celebration following a key win, something happens between Kevin and the general manager's daughter--and the next day everything seems to have changed. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected. With so much riding on the success of the team, the line between loyalty and betrayal becomes difficult to discern. At last, it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear. Fredrik Backman knows that we are forever shaped by the places we call home, and in this emotionally powerful, sweetly insightful story, he explores what can happen when we carry the heavy weight of other people's dreams on our shoulders."

February 26 - Open Season by C.J. Box

At our January 29th meeting, we discussed One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood.  Eleven members were present and we had a great time discussing the boy, Ona, Quinn and their relationships.  For refreshments, we had animal crackers, fruit and pound cake.  

Our next meeting will be Monday, February 26th at 3pm at the LME Library.  We will be reading the book, Open Season by C.J. Box.  Copies of the book are available at the front desk and discussion sheets are available for pickup or online

Summary for Open Season:
As Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett races against time to save an endangered species, he finds himself plunged into a deadly mystery that soon threatens his family and the life he loves.

January 2018-One in a Million Boy

We had a wonderful time at our year end meeting.  Book group favorites of the year were Lilac Girls and the Nightingale although overall, we were pleased with our picks.  Everyone brought treats so we had quite a feast!  We also discussed some of our favorites (and least favorites) through the years.  

2018 will be our 15th year as a book club--if you like to read books by a variety of authors in a variety of genres, please consider joining our group!  We meet regularly--usually the last Monday of the month. A calendar for next year is available here.

Our next book is One in a Million Boy by Monica Wood.  We will meet in LME's large meeting room on January 29th at 3pm to discuss.  Books are available for pickup at the Library desk.  Discussion sheets are also available in the library or can be viewed online.

Here's a summary of One in a Million BoyAfter his eleven-year-old son dies, guitarist Quinn Porter does yard work for an aged Lithuanian immigrant, Ona Vitkus, whom his son had often visited and comes to a resolution about his son's death as Ona discusses his son's capacity to listen and learn.

Next meeting - December 11

We finished our reading year out with the Nightingale by Kristin Hannah on November 27th.  We liked the book almost (but not quite!) as much as we liked Lilac Girls which we read in January.  We had cookies and fruit for dessert.  

Our next meeting will be Monday, December 11th at 3pm at LME Library.  There is no book to read but we will be sharing our favorites from 2017 and looking over the titles we picked for 2018.  Members will be bringing their favorite appetizers or desserts.  

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