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Book Discussions, Book Talks, Author Visits


Novel Conversations (meets on the first Monday. 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, July 11 at 6:30 p.m.: A Bad Day for Sorry: A Crime Novel by Sophie Littlefield. Running a sewing shop in rural Missouri while helping battered women to escape from abusive environments, salty Stella Hardesty assists a woman whose ne'er-do-well husband has run off with their two-year-old, a situation for which Stella must risk her own life to recover the boy.

Monday, Aug. 1 at 6:30 p.m.: Wrecked by Carol Higgins Clark. When Regan Reilly and her husband Jack join his siblings at his parents' vacation home on Cape Cod, it turns out to be anything but a relaxing time.

Monday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m.: Let Us Eat Cake: Adventures in Food and Friendship by Sharon Boorstin.

One day when looking through an old desk she'd bought as a newlywed, food writer and restaurant critic Sharon Boorstin discovered a notebook of recipes she'd collected from her mother, relatives, and girlfriends at the time. It inspired her to reconnect with the recipe givers -- some of whom she hadn't seen in years -- and to explore the power of cooking and food in establishing bonds among women.

Beyond Our Borders (meets on the third Monday. If the third Monday is a holiday, meeting is on the fourth Monday)

Aysha Haq 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. 351. Thanks to the Friends for their support.

Monday, July 18 at 3 p.m.: I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai. I am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

Monday, August 15 at 3 p.m.: The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, by Edward Kelsey Moore. Forging a friendship at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Odette, Clarice and Barbara Jean meet regularly at the first diner owned by black proprietors in their Indiana city and are watched throughout the years by a big-hearted man who observes their struggles with school, marriage, parenthood and beyond.

Books to Movies (meets on the third Tuesday)

Brianna Bone leads this series, which compares a book to the movie on which it's based. Books are available for check out at the Circulation Desk one month before the book is discussed. Details are at 219-931-5100 ext. 331.

Thanks to the Friends for their support.

Tuesday, July 19 at 2 p.m.: Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper's son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.


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