Morning Book Group
Second Tuesday at 10 a.m.
May 9My Antonia by Willa Cather
Willa Cather’s My Antonia is considered one of the most significant American novels of the twentieth century. Set during the great migration west to settle the plains of the North American continent, the narrative follows Antonia Shimerda, a pioneer who comes to Nebraska as a child and grows with the country, inspiring a childhood friend, Jim Burden, to write her life story. The novel is important both for its literary aesthetic and as a portrayal of important aspects of American social ideals and history, particularly the centrality of migration to American culture. – (Blackwell North Amer.)
June 13Telex From Cuba by Rachel Kushner
Coming of age in mid-1950s Cuba where the local sugar and nickel production are controlled by American interests, Everly Lederer and KC Stites observe the indulgences and betrayals of the adult world and are swept up by the political underground and the revolt led by Fidel and Raul Castro. Nominated for the National Book Award. – (Baker & Taylor)
Evening Book Group
First Monday at 7 p.m.
May 8The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
The history of polygamy in the Mormon Church intertwines the story of Ann Eliza Young, the nineteenth wife of Brigham Young, and a modern mystery in which a polygamous man has been found murdered and one of his wives is accused of the crime. – (Baker & Taylor)
June 5A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
Two women living one hundred years apart who experience similar tragic losses of love–Clara’s in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, and Taryn’s in the collapse of the Twin Towers–are connected through time by a scarf. – (Baker & Taylor)
Non-Fiction Book Club
Fourth Wednesday at 7 p.m.
May 24Strangers in their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild
In an effort to understand why low income conservatives seem to hate the idea of liberal government intervention, a sociologist embarks on a journey to Louisiana bayou country, a stronghold of the conservative right. – (Baker & Taylor)
June 28Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
A thought-provoking portrait of world-renowned infectious disease expert Dr. Paul Farmer follows the efforts of this unconventional Harvard genius to understand the world’s great health, economic, and social problems and to bring healing to humankind. – (Baker & Taylor)