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July 21, 2016 "The War That Saved My Life"
Third Thursday Book Group - 1pm
An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson's Sons and for fans of Number the Stars . Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted foot to let her outside.
So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn't waste a minute--she sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan--and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother? This masterful work of historical fiction is equal parts adventure and a moving tale of family and identity--a classic in the making.
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 : "Grandma Gatewood's Walk"
Tuesday September 6 at 1PM
Winner of the 2014 National Outdoor Book Awards for History/Biography
Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, 67-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail. And in September 1955, having survived a rattlesnake strike, two hurricanes, and a run-in with gangsters from Harlem, she stood atop Maine's Mount Katahdin. There she sang the first verse of "America, the Beautiful" and proclaimed, "I said I'll do it, and I've done it."
Grandma Gatewood, as the reporters called her, became the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person--man or woman--to walk it twice and three times. Gatewood became a hiking celebrity and appeared on TV and in the pages of Sports Illustrated. The public attention she brought to the little-known footpath was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the lousy, difficult stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction. Author Ben Montgomery was given unprecedented access to Gatewood's own diaries, trail journals, and correspondence, and interviewed surviving family members and those she met along her hike, all to answer the question so many asked: Why did she do it? The story of Grandma Gatewood will inspire readers of all ages by illustrating the full power of human spirit and determination. Even those who know of Gatewood don't know the full story--a story of triumph from pain, rebellion from brutality, hope from suffering.
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:
Aug 18 - Fall of the Year by Howard Mosher
Sept 15 - Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
Oct 20 - Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
Nov 17 - Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
The Non-Fiction Book Group meets the first Tuesday of the month, at 1PM.
July and August, the group will take a break, to return in September.
Here are future titles:
September 6- Grandma Gatewood's Walk by Ben Montgomery
October 4 - The Wright Brothers by David McCullough