August 2021 - The Farm

We discussed The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch at our July 26th meeting. Everyone who attended loved the book and felt that it continues to be inspirational even almost 15 years after his death.


Our next book group meeting will be on Monday, August 30 at 3pm in the library's small meeting room. Our book sale will be going on in our large meeting room so that room is unavailable. We are reading The Farm by Joanne Ramos. Copies are available for pickup at the library desk. Discussion sheets can also be picked up or are available online

Book Summary:
Nestled in New York's Hudson Valley is a luxury retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, private fitness trainers, daily massages--and all of it for free. In fact, you're paid big money to stay here--more than you've ever dreamed of. The catch? For nine months, you cannot leave the grounds; your movements are monitored, and you are cut off from your former life while you dedicate yourself to the task of producing the perfect baby. Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines, is in desperate search of a better future when she commits to being a Host at Golden Oaks, or the Farm as residents call it. But now pregnant, fragile, consumed with worry for her own family, Jane is determined to reconnect with her life outside. Yet she cannot leave the Farm or she will lose the life-changing fee she'll receive on delivery. Heartbreaking, gripping, provocative, The Farm pushes our thinking on motherhood, money, and merit to the extremes, and raises crucial questions about the trade-offs women will make to fortify their futures and the futures of those they love.

July 2021 - Last Lecture

Our next book club meeting will be on Monday, July 26th at 3pm in the library's large meeting room. We will be reading The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. Copies of the book are available at the library in regular print, large print and in audio format. We also have it in eaudio and ebook formats. The discussion sheets are available for pickup at the library or online.

Summary:

Reflections of a Carnegie Mellon computer science professor who lectured on "Really achieving your childhood dreams," shortly after having been diagnosed with terminal cancer. His advice concerned seizing the moment while living, rather than dying.

June 2021 - Island of Sea Women

 


For our June Book Club, we read Island of Sea Women by Lisa Sea. It's been so good to see more and more of our regular members returning! Most of the group said that they would have never picked up this book on their own but they greatly enjoyed reading it. We learned a lot about the diving women, haenyeo, and Korean history. Our refreshments included persimmon leaf tea, traditional Korean yakgwa cookies and Jeju mandarin orange candies. The discussion sheet is available online.

I've updated our Book Discussion list (this is our 18th year) and it can be found here.

May 2021-I Feel Bad About My Neck

At our April 26th meeting, we discussed Unbound by Ann E. Burg. This was a book in verse, and it was a new experience for our members in attendance. The group liked the book and felt that the author did an extraordinary job with this format. Everyone was happy to be back together meeting again in person inside the library.

We have reviewed the book discussion titles to include some of the books we chose for 2020 but missed because of the pandemic. Here is the updated list as of 4/29/21:

January 25

All Creatures Great & Small

James Harriot

February 22

Celebrate Black History Month and pick a book by an African American author

March 29

Pick a Hemingway book or readalike

April 26

Pick a poem by US Poet Laurate, Joy Harjo or read Unbound by Ann E. Burg

May 24

I feel Bad About My Neck

Nora Ephron

June 28

Island of Sea Women

Lisa See

July 26

Last Lecture

Randy Pausch

August 30

Farm

Joanne Ramos

September 27

Twenty-One Days

Anne Perry

October 25

No Time Like the Future

Michael J. Fox

November 29

In Five Years

Rebecca Serle

December 13th @ 3pm —Coffee Chat about your 2021 favorites & get our new list for 2022

I made an executive decision and added 3 titles so that we could finish out the schedule.

Our next meeting will be Monday, May 24th at 3pm and we will meet in the large meeting room. The meeting has been moved up a week due to the Memorial Day holiday. Please wear a mask in the library building. The title selected is I feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron. Copies are available in regular print, large print, audio, and eaudio formats at the LME Library desk. Copies of the discussion sheets can also be picked up or are available online.

Here's a book summary:

With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.

April 26 - poetry

We have several options for April. Originally, we were going to pick a poem by US Poet Laurate, Joy Harjo but since everyone seems to prefer to read the same title, I've also ordered the book, Unbound by Ann E. Burg. Although this is a juvenile book, it is a moving story set in "novel in verse" form. 

So--I've left it up to book group members: choose either a poem by Joy Harjo or the book, Unbound. Discussion sheets can be picked up or are also online.

Some copies of Joy Harjo poetry book, American Sunrise, are available for pickup plus it is available for simultaneous use through ADML.  Copies of Unbound are available for pickup at the library or through electronic format. The summary of Unbound is available here:

With candor and compassion, Ann E. Burg sheds light on a startling chapter of American history--the remarkable story of runaways who sought sanctuary in the Great Dismal Swamp--and creates a powerful testament to the right of every human to be free.

I've also revised our May title to: I feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron. This was a title we had decided to read last year but didn't due to COVID. There are several other titles we had planned on reading including:

Island of Sea Women by Lisa See
Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Farm by Joanne Ramos

We'll discuss if we want to continue with these titles this year or choose something else at our April meeting.


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