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You are invited to join the Bibliophiles at the Peebles Library once a month for book club. The enthralling science fiction novel, The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut is the book of the month for April. 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 e-book from OverDrive. You may read the book at your leisure then come to the book club at 4 p.m. on Mon., Apr. 20 to discuss the novel.
The Sirens of Titan is an outrageous romp through space, time, and morality. The richest, most depraved man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course there’s a catch to the invitation—and a prophetic vision about the purpose of human life that only Vonnegut has the courage to tell.
The captivating story, Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris is a historical fiction that sheds light on the shadows of the Great Depression. You can pick up the book at the North Adams Library or download the e-book from OverDrive or Hoopla. We will meet to socialize and discuss the book at 5:30 p.m., on Thurs., Apr. 30. We can’t wait to see you there!
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The scrawled sign, peddling young siblings on a farmhouse porch, captures the desperation sweeping the country in 1931. It’s an era of breadlines, bank runs, and impossible choices.
For struggling reporter Ellis Reed, the gut-wrenching scene evokes memories of his family’s dark past. He snaps a photograph of the children, not meant for publication. But when the image leads to his big break, the consequences are devastating in ways he never imagined.
Haunted by secrets of her own, secretary Lillian Palmer sees more in the picture than a good story and is soon drawn into the fray. Together, the two set out to right a wrongdoing and mend a fractured family, at the risk of everything they value.
Inspired by an actual newspaper photo that stunned readers across the nation, this touching novel explores the tale within the frame and behind the lens—a journey of ambition, love, and the far-reaching effects of our actions.
You are invited to join the Bibliophiles at the Peebles Library once a month for book club. The engaging dystopia novel, Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke is the book of the month for May. 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 e-book from OverDrive or Hoopla. You may read the book at your leisure then come to the book club at 4 p.m. on Mon., May 18 to discuss the novel.
The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city–intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.
But at what cost? With the advent of peace, man ceases to strive for creative greatness, and a malaise settles over the human race. To those who resist, it becomes evident that the Overlords have an agenda of their own. As civilization approaches the crossroads, will the Overlords spell the end for humankind . . . or the beginning?
The riveting historical fiction, America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie is the book of the month for May 2020. You’re invited to checkout the book or book on CD at the North Adams Library. You can even download the e-book or audiobook from Hoopla or OverDrive. The club will meet at 5:30 p.m., on Thurs., May 28.
In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.
From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France.
It is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that fifteen-year-old Patsy learns about her father’s troubling liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Meanwhile, Patsy has fallen in love—with her father’s protégé William Short, a staunch abolitionist and ambitious diplomat. Torn between love, principles, and the bonds of family, Patsy questions whether she can choose a life as William’s wife and still be a devoted daughter.
Her choice will follow her in the years to come, to Virginia farmland, Monticello, and even the White House. And as scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family, Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father’s reputation, in the process defining not just his political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.
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.