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Monthly Book Discussion

A book discussion will take place at 6:00PM on the 2nd Thursday of the month in the Jan-Romero Stevens Community Room, Main Library. All are welcome. Information on the books and authors to be discussed appear below. For more information on book availability, call the information desk at 928-213-2330 .

January 11, 2018

Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo

Everybody's Fool is filled with humor, heart, hard times, and characters who you can't help but love for all their faults. It is classic Russo and a crowning achievement from one of the greatest storytellers of our time

February 8, 2018

Hillbilly Elegy: a memoir of a family and culture in crisis by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis -- that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside.

March 8, 2018

The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie

The Mousetrap, a murder mystery play, opened in London's West End in 1952, and has been running continuously since then. A group of strangers are stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm when one of them is murdered.

An NAU Theatre production of the play will take place from February 23 through March 4, 2018.

April 12, 2018

News of the World by Paulette Giles

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction.

May 10, 2018

The Residences: inside the private world of the White House by Kate Andersen Brower

A remarkable history with elements of both In the President's Secret Service and The Butler, The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas.

June 14, 2018

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Gaiman presents his fashioning of the primeval Norse myths into a novel, which begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds, delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants, and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

July 12, 2018

Lincoln in the Bardo: a novel by George Saunders

Set over the course of one night - 2/22/1862, two days after the death of Abraham Lincoln's son, Willie - and populated by ghosts of the recently passed and the long dead, Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief, and the powers of good and evil. It is a novel - in its form and voice - completely unlike anything you've read before.

August 9,2018

The Baker's Secret: a novel by Stephen P. Kiernan

After her kind mentor is arrested because of his Jewish heritage, a young baker's apprentice in Normandy engages in discreet resistance activities, baking contraband loaves of bread for the hungry using surplus ingredients taken from occupying forces.

September 13, 2018

Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI by David Grann

In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. One by one, the Osage began to be killed off. Many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than 24, the FBI took up the case. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

October 11, 2018

Educated by Tara Westover

This page-turner of a memoir follows the life of the author from a secluded upbringing in the mountains of Idaho to the halls of Cambridge and Harvard. It is a coming of age story about a girl who arrived in the wider world largely ignorant its history and breadth, and of the mental illness that likely shaped her family life and world for the first 16 years of life. It is a story of what we choose to see, what we choose to ignore, what we choose to forgive, and the price of becoming.

November 8, 2018

There There: A novel by Tommy Orange

This debut novel has been called fierce, funny, and heartbreaking. It’s a multigenerational story of the beauty and despair woven through the lives of 12 separate protagonists who travel from various pasts to the Big Oakland Powwow. Oranges characters trace the many ways of being Native and American in a modern world that induces both poetry and rage as it relegates the idea of “Native” to either black and white photos of nobility or digital stereotypes of addiction and poverty. Many have called Orange’s first book required reading for the new millennium.

December 13, 2018

TRIBE: ON HOMECOMING AND BELONGING by Sebastian Junger

The One Community Read for 2018-2020 in partnership with Coconino Community College

In a book that has been called thought-provoking and eloquent, Junger explores the social reality of connections lost on the home front and in modern combat. He asks big questions about how we live our lives as a society, why we do so, and how other times and places have dealt with the problem of human connection in a rapidly changing world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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