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April 20 , 2017 - "Little House in the Big Woods" by Laura Ingalls Wilder and "The Wilder Life" by Wendy McLure
Third Thursday Book Group - 1pm

Newcomers are welcome at any time to the book group. Copies of the book are available at the library.

The Third Thursday Book Group discusses two books in April:  Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie by Wendy McClure. The former is the featured book of the Spring Read.  In the latter, McClure traces the pioneer journey of the Ingalls family across the country and immerses herself in all things Little House. Whether she’s churning butter in her apartment or sitting in a replica log cabin, McClure is always in pursuit of “the Laura experience.” The result is a funny first-person account of what happens when we reconnect with our childhood touchstones. 

Summary of Little House in the Big Woods: 
Told from four-year-old Laura's point-of-view, this story begins in 1871 in a little log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Laura lives in the little house with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their trusty dog, Jack. Pioneer life is sometimes hard for the family, since they must grow or catch all their own food as they get ready for the cold winter. But it is also exciting as Laura and her family celebrate Christmas with homemade toys and treats, do the spring planting, bring in the harvest, and make their first trip into town. And every night they are safe and warm in their little house, with the happy sound of Pa's fiddle sending Laura and her sisters off to sleep.

And so begins Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved story of a pioneer girl and her family. The nine Little House books have been cherished by generations of readers as both a unique glimpse into America's frontier history and a heartwarming, unforgettable story.

Copies of the books are now available to borrow and all readers and Little House fans are welcome to join the discussion. 

NON-FICTION Book Group : "Famine Ships" by Edward Laxton
First Tuesday at 1PM

Newcomers are welcome at any time to the book group. Copies of the book are available at the library. 

The defining moments of Irish history are studded with arrivals (St. Patrick, Oliver Cromwell) and departures (St. Columbanus, James Joyce). In the 1840s the great arrival was the Potato Blight, and the even greater departure was the multitude of ships carrying the nearly one million emigrants escaping the Irish famine to America.

In this work, Laxton, a former newspaper editor, narrates the stories of these emigrants as they sailed for the the New World. The work is a fascinating compilation derived from family histories handed down through the generations; it describes both the horrible conditions aboard the ships and the emigrants' boundless optimism concerning the freedom of America. This well-written supplement to the various works on the Irish famine exodus finally draws attention to the people and the ships that defined a moment in Irish and American history.

Upcoming Book group selections

Here's the list of the upcoming titles for our Third Thursday Book Group:

April 20 -  Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder & The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure

The Non-Fiction Book Group meets the first Tuesday of the month, at 1PM.
July and August, the group takes a break, to return in September.

Here are future titles:

May 2 - Famine Ships by Edward Laxton
June 6 - River of Doubt by Candice Millard
Sept 5 - Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson