December 17, 2015 - "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline
Third Thursday Book Group - 1pm
Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to 'aging out' out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life--answers that will ultimately free them both.
Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.
Newcomers are always welcome, and people who wish to read the book can pick up a copy at the Library's main desk.
NON-FICTION Book Group
Tuesday December 1 at 1PM
A rich and insightful travel book in the tradition that made Paul Theroux's reputation, Dark Star Safari takes us the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, forgotten train, and rusting steamer. Theroux confronts delay, discomfort, bullets, and bad food while encountering a remarkable mix of places and people. Beginning in Cairo and ending in Cape Town, he goes on the ultimate safari to the true heart of Africa, not the lavish game parks with overfed guests but the small villages of the bush and the filthy chaotic cities that define this forgotten continent.
No one is more qualified than Paul Theroux to undertake the vast task of describing Africa. He got his start as a writer in Africa nearly forty years ago when he taught in the Peace Corps in Malawi and at Makerere University in Uganda. Now he returns to find countries in the throes of corruption and poverty. Able to strike up a conversation with anyone, Theroux is the perfect guide: keenly observant, wry, entertaining, and wise. We encounter villagers, farmers, bureaucrats, political figures, white settlers, smug tourists, and aid workers, each with a distinctive point of view. And he is willing to try just about anything, from camping in the Sudanese desert to riding over unspeakably bad roads on the back of a flatbed truck. When it breaks down at dusk, Theroux rustles up a dinner of freshly killed chicken and more conversation.
The first account of a single trip since his bestseller The Pillars of Hercules, Dark Star Safari conveys all the vast contrasts and the glory and misery of Africa and is Paul Theroux at his very best.
Join the group at any time; newcomers are always welcome. Bring ideas for books you'd like to discuss to the meetings.
Upcoming Book group selections
Here's the list of the upcoming titles for our Third Thursday Book Group:
November - Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
December - Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
January - And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
The Non-Fiction Book Group meets the first Tuesday of the month, at 1PM.
Here are future titles:
December - Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux