Oprah's book pick 9/6/16

Oprah's newest pick for 2016 is Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton.  For many years, Oprah's book club picks were big news, but since rebooting as Oprah's Book Club 2.0, her picks have been few and far between.  Since 2012, she has only recommended 5 other books; however, this is the second book in 2016.  Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead was recommended in August 2016 so perhaps this is a new tread?  We'll have to wait and see!

If you're interested in reading Love Warrior, it only came out today but is on order at the LME Library.  Our copy of Underground Railroad is currently checked out, but holds can be placed online or by calling the LME Library at 385-4540.  Happy reading! 

September - The Shoemaker's Wife

We enjoyed treats from One Eleven Coffee (Wyoming, IL) at our book group meeting on August 29th.  The book discussed was the Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs. The group enjoyed the research and writing style of the author but were disappointed (and angry) about how Rob was never able to realize his potential. Discussion focused a lot on "what ifs"--what if Rob's father had never been involved in his life, what if Rob had opted for a job outside of Newark, what if Rob had found a mentor who helped him set big goals--it goes on and on.

Our next book is the Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani.  We will meet at 3pm on September 26th in the Turner Room. This novel is loosely based on the author's own family history.  Books are available for pickup at the library desk and discussion sheets are available in the library or online.  

Two star-crossed lovers--Enzo and Ciro--meet and separate, until, finally, the power of their love changes both of their lives forever. Set during the years preceding and during World War I.

August 29 - The Short & Tragic Life of Robert Peace

At our July 25th book group, we discussed What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.  The group really liked the book and felt it was a great summer read.  Our refreshments included Lemon Meringue Piezucchini breads, and fresh fruit.

Our next book group will be Monday, August 29th at 3pm in the Turner Room. We will be reading the Short & Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs.  Copies of the book are available at the LME Library desk.  Discussion sheets can be picked up with the book or are available online.  Summary: 

On arriving at Yale, Jeff Hobbs became fast friends with the man who would be his roommate for four years. Robert Peace's life had been rough, living in poverty with his mother in 1980s Newark, his father in jail. But he was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier. It didn't. In an honest rendering of Robert's relationships in two fiercely insular worlds, Hobbs encompasses the most enduring conflicts in America.

July 25 - What Alice Forgot

At our book group on Monday, June 27th, we discussed Some Luck by Jane Smiley.  There's a lot of narrative in the book, and many of our members didn't care for it.  However, others liked the character and family details that spanned a generation.  We enjoyed One-Step Pound Cake and grapes during the discussion.

Our next book is What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty,  We will meet on Monday, July 25th at 3pm in the Turner Room.  Copies can be picked up at the circulation desk and discussion sheets are available at the library or online.  

Summary: Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine her surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital to find out that she's getting divorced, has three kids, and is actually thirty-nine. Now Alice must reconstruct a lost decade -- and try to reconstruct her life. Ultimately, she must discover if forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and if it's possible to start over.

June 27 - Some Luck

At our May 23rd book group, we discussed The Martian by Andy Weir. Everyone enjoyed the plausibility of the story even though some of the technical aspects were not always understood. It was very readable and members would recommend it to other readers. This was one of our favorite quotes:
Every human being has a basic instinct to help each other out.  It might not seem that way sometimes, but it's true. If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. If a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. If an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. This is so fundamentally human that it's found in every culture without exception.
Our refreshments focused on (what else): potatoes! We had Orange Delight Potato Cake (from the book The Popular Potato Best Recipes by Valwyn McMonigal) and Potato Chip Cookies.

Our next meeting is Monday, June 27th at 3pm in the Turner Room. We will be reading Some Luck by Jane Smiley. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk and discussion guides can be picked up or are available online. Summary: "An epic novel that spans thirty years in the lives of a farm family in Iowa, telling a parallel story of the changes taking place in America from 1920 through the early 1950s."

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