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The stirring novel, Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse is the book of the month for July. You may pick up a copy of the book at the Peebles Library. If you prefer to use a digital device, you may download the audiobook or e-book from OverDrive or Hoopla. You may read or listen to the book at your leisure then join us via Zoom for a meeting at 4 p.m. on Mon., July 20 to discuss the novel. Check Facebook for Zoom details.
Herman Hesse’s classic novel has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers. In this story of a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege to seek spiritual fulfillment. Hesse synthesizes disparate philosophies–Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, Western individualism–into a unique vision of life as expressed through one man’s search for true meaning.
The compelling historical fiction, I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon is the book of the month for July 2020. You are invited to pick up the book at the North Adams Library or download the e-book or audiobook from OverDrive. We will meet via Zoom at 5:30 p.m., on Thurs., July 30 to socialize with friends and discuss the book. Check Facebook for Zoom details.
In an enthralling new feat of historical suspense, Ariel Lawhon unravels the extraordinary twists and turns in Anna Anderson’s 50-year battle to be recognized as Anastasia Romanov. Is she the Russian Grand Duchess, a beloved daughter and revered icon, or is she an imposter, the thief of another woman’s legacy? Countless others have rendered their verdict. Now it is your turn.
You are invited to join the Bibliophiles at the Peebles Library once a month for book club. The true crime mystery, Born Evil by Adrian Havill is the book of the month for August. You may pick up a copy of the book at the Peebles Library. You may read the book at your leisure then come to the book club at 4 p.m. on Mon., Aug. 17 to discuss the novel.
Homeless and living in his truck, forty-year-old Hadden Clark often drew stares in Bethesda, Maryland. He also slept with a teddy bear, and, dressed as a woman, strolling through town, he carried 28 carving knives, a straight razor, and a gun in his truck. When the reclusive loner was arrested in 1992 for the stabbing murders of two local girls, no one was surprised. It was after his incarceration that the surprises came, popping up like half-buried corpses.
While serving a seventy-year sentence, Hadden confessed to having a split personality, dominated by a psychotic mother and daughter who were vying for attention. He also admitted to murdering at least a dozen more women– the ones he could remember– cannibalizing them, using their leftover body parts as fishing bait, and burying their remains everywhere from a local cemetery to a sand dune on Cape Cod. Authorities didn’t believe him– until Hadden took them on a personal four-state tour.
The historical fiction, All the Forgivenesses by Elizabeth Hardinger displays themes of family and loss in Appalachia. You can pick up the book or book on CD at the North Adams Library. If you prefer to use your e-reader, you can download the e-book or audiobook from Hoopla. The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m., on Thurs., Aug. 27 at the North Adams Library. See you there!
Set in Appalachia and the Midwest at the turn of the twentieth century, this exquisite debut novel paints an intimately rendered portrait of one resilient farm family’s challenges and hard-won triumphs–helmed by an unforgettable heroine.
Growing up on their hardscrabble farm in rural Kentucky, fifteen-year-old Albertina “Bertie” Winslow has learned a lot from her mama, Polly. She knows how to lance a boil, make a pie crust, butcher a pig, and tend to every chore that needs doing. What she doesn’t know, but is forced to reckon with all too soon, is how to look after children as a mother should …
Inspired by stories told by the author’s mother and aunts, All the Forgivenesses is as authentic as it is lyrical–a captivating novel of family loyalty, redemption, and resilience.
North Adams Library Book Club
Join the North Adams Library’s adult book club. We meet on the last Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the North Adams Library. Pick up a copy of each month’s book in advance at the library desk. Ask about large print or audio book copies. Browse the 2019 reading list below. Each month, we’ll discuss the book of the month, share thoughts, and moderator Julia will share quizzes, prizes, and snacks. For more information, call Julia at 937-386-2556.
Bibliophiles Peebles Library Book Club
Join the Peebles Library Book Club, “The Bibliophiles,” on the third Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m. at the Peebles Library. Each fall, we’ll vote on a reading list for the coming year. Everyone is welcome to join us! For more information call Nick Slone at 937-587-2939. Browse reviews and summaries, and find these titles in our Catalog. Pick up a copy of next month’s title at the Peebles Library.