February - My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

We had a great start to 2016 with our discussion of our January 25th book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. The book group loved this book for several reasons--it was interesting, it had lots of information but well organized and relevant, and the author's dedication was key to the success of relating this complex subject.  Our refreshments included the famous Baltimore Berger cookies and grapes.

Our next book group meeting will be on Monday, February 29th (Leap Day!) at 3pm in the Turner Room.  Our book is My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman.  Copies of the book are available for pickup at the library desk. The discussion sheets are available online or in the library.  Please join us!

Also--please note that the May 2016 meeting date has been corrected.  The LME Library will be closed on Monday, May 30 so we will be meeting a week earlier on Monday, May 23rd.  Sorry for any confusion!

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - January 2016

Our Coffee Chat went very well on December 14th, and everyone brought lots of goodies--thanks!

Our next meeting will be on Monday, January 25, 2016 at 3pm in the Turner Room.  The discussion book is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Copies can be picked up at the circulation desk and the discuss guide is available online.

Summary:
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of--From publisher description.

Coffee Chat December 14

December Book Club

If you'd like to bring an appetizer or dessert--feel free!  
New members always welcome!

Best books of 2015

Can you believe that 2015 is coming to a close?  I do because the best of 2015 book lists are coming out!  Check out these lists to see what other readers enjoyed reading this year.  I guarantee you will find lots of books to put on your "next read" list - enjoy!

Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 - Chosen by readers, this list has many categories and quite the variety of picks.

OverDrive's Best Books of 2015 - OverDrive is one of our ebook/eaudio book vendors and this year's list has a lot of great titles.

Publishers Weekly: Best Books of 2015 - The best books of 2015, chosen by Publishers Weekly editors. The best books in fiction, mysteries, memoirs, romance, comics, kids books, and more.

BuzzFeed's The 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2015 - The 24 Best Fiction Books of 2015 from BuzzFeed. These are the novels and short story collections.

Washington Post's The 10 Best Books of 2015 - In their annual roundup of best books, you’ll find 10 that they think are exceptionally rewarding and 100 more you shouldn’t miss. 

Amazon.com: Best Books of 2015: Books - Online shopping for Best Books of 2015 from a great selection at Amazon.

2016 Titles Chosen!

At our November 23rd book group, we finished choosing the rest of our books for 2016. Thank you to all our members for helping select these titles:
2016 (Our 13th year!)

January 25
Skloot, Rebecca
February 29
Backman, Fredrik
March 28
Ng, Celeste
April 25
Larson, Erik
May 23
Weir, Andy
June 27 
Smiley, Jane
July 25
Moriarty, Liane
August 29
Hobbs, Jeff
September 26
Trigiani, Adriana
October 31
McCullough, David
November 28
Doerr, Anthony
December 12th @ 3pm —Coffee Chat about your favorite books of 2016
& get our new list for 2017

Our next book group meeting will be our annual coffee chat on Monday, December 14th at 3pm in the Turner Room.  We'll discuss our favorite books of 2015 and pickup the first book of 2016.  All members are encouraged to bring a snack or dessert to share.  All are welcome!

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