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Book Discussions, Book Talks, Author Visits


Novel Conversations (meets on the first Monday in the Lois Bell Room. If the first Monday is a holiday, meeting is on the second Monday.)

Mary Schons leads this group. Books are available for check out at the Circulation Desk one month before the book is discussed. More information is at 219-931-5100 ext. 327.

Monday, December 7, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Federal Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at

the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system.

Monday, January 4, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman (Book One in her popular Amish Village Mystery series)

When coffee shop manager Ethan Gray is murdered in Middlebury's Amish Artisan Village, two women from different walks of life must join together to solve the mystery.

Monday, February 1, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown.

The account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.

Monday, March 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

The small Vermont town of West Hall has been the scene of mysterious deaths, disappearances, and ghostly sightings. The scattered pages of a turn-of-the-century diary relate the apparent beginnings of all the trouble.

Beyond Our Borders (meets on the third Monday at 3 p.m. in the Community Room.)

Books are available for check out at the Circulation Desk one month before the book is discussed. More information is at 219-931-5100 ext. 351.

Monday, December 21 at 3 p.m.

Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

A successful lawyer suddenly disappears leaving behind his wife and daughter. Neither have any idea where he might be until they discover an old love letter written years ago to a woman in Burma. Daughter Julia takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of her father's past as she uncovers a tale that will reaffirm the reader's belief in the power of love.


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