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BookTalkers @ your library

The BookTalkers discussion group meets at 6:00 pm in the Armstrong Conference Room


Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Monday, March 20, 6 pm


The daughter of a science teacher who encouraged her play in his laboratory, and a mother who nurtured her love of reading, Hope Jahren grew up to become an award-winning geobiologist who has built three laboratories of her own in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. This debut memoir is an eloquent demonstration of what can happen when you find the stamina, passion, and sense of sacrifice needed to make a life out of what you truly love, while discovering along the way the person you were meant to be.

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Monday, April 19, 6 pm


Ove is a curmudgeon, “the kind of man who points at people he doesn't like the look of, as if they were burglars and his forefinger a policeman's torch." He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. (People call him 'the bitter neighbor from hell”). But behind the cranky exterior there is a backstory of deep sadness. Swedish writer Fredrik Backman's novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the profound impact one life may have on countless others.

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Even in Darkness by Barbara Stark-Nemon
Monday, May 15, 6 pm


Based on a true story spanning a century and three continents, Michigan writer Barbara Stark-Nemon’s novel traces the life of Klare Kohler, who meets the Nazi’s destruction of her comfortable world with passionate resilience. This saga of family, two world wars and a concentration camp leads to the unconventional life Klare builds in post-war Germany—one that ultimately allows her to find wisdom, meaning, and, most unexpectedly, love. Read the book, join the BookTalker’s discussion, then come hear the author speak at 6:30 on May 16.




Looking Ahead...

Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
Monday, June 19, 6 pm