“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a person’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.”
– Edward P. Morgan, journalist
Feed your intellectual, professional, social and cultural needs all at the same time when you participate in the RENEW Book Club. Book Club meets September through May on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by different women each month, come for the conversation and camaraderie (whether or not you’ve read the month’s book selection). Book Club is open to all members and their guests.
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2017 Books May – December
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. With four children, in the beginning they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. When dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents’ betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home. Hers is a story of triumph against all odds.
June, July, August: Summer Hiatus
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are. France, 1939: in the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she must make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.
Rudy: My Story by Rudy Ruettiger (Meet the author Rudy Ruettiger at Palace Theater Oct 24, 6:30pm)
How does a lower middle class kid, who suffered through school with undiagnosed dyslexia, get into Notre Dame and become the inspiration for millions in a Hollywood film that has become one of the most inspiring sport movies ever made? He never gave up. For the first time, read Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger’s real life story and learn the behind-the-scenes details of the ten years it took to make the movie and how that tossed him into a new career of public speaking that continues on stages today alongside world-class leaders and speakers.
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan (2016 Best Audio Book for Teens)
Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica – and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves pulled by the invisible thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.
Reader’s Choice Children’s Book Awards
Each person brings their favorite children’s book. The books will be donated to a local agency serving families.
Notes: Book club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month September through May. Book summaries provided by Amazon, Wikipedia, Goodreads.