Books For Discussion:
December 12, 2018
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
During the eighteenth century, two half-sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery. Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations illuminating slavery’s troubled legacy.
January 9, 2019
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
A group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” calculated the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptional African American women. While Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley’s all-black “West Computing” group helped America achieve victory in the domination of the heavens.
February 13, 2019
Lost City of Z by David Grann
In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into the Amazon jungle in search of a fabled civilization he called “The Lost City of Z” from which he never returned. Grann interweaves the spellbinding stories of Fawcett’s quest for “Z” and his own journey into the deadly jungle, as he unravels this exploration mystery.
March 13, 2019
The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by David Rosenfelt
This Christmas novel featuring reluctant criminal defense lawyer, Andy Carpenter, and his faithful golden retriever, Tara, delivers trademark humor, larger-than-life characters, and twisting plotlines in another gripping mystery by David Rosenfelt.
April 10, 2019
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
The lives of three women are set on a collision course as the unthinkable happens when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939. Caroline Ferriday is a humanitarian; Kasia Kuzmerick is a Polish prisoner in the Ravensbrück camp; and Herta Oberheuser is a doctor at the camp. Their stories cross continents-from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland-as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.
May 8, 2019
Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy Frost and Gail Steketee
Explore the compulsion of hoarding through a series of compelling case studies. With vivid portraits that show us the traits by which a hoarder can be identified, Frost and Steketee explain the causes and outline the often ineffective treatments for the disorder. They also illuminate the pull that possessions exert on all of us. Whether we’re savers, collectors, or compulsive cleaners, none of us is free of the impulses that drive hoarders.