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September 15, 2016 - "Catcher in the Rye"
Third Thursday Book Group - 1pm
In September the book group will read J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye. Since his debut in 1951 in the book, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with "cynical adolescent." Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive) capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation.
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:
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 - Until Tuesday by Luis Carlos Montalvan
November 1 - The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
December 6 - No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glen Greenwald
January 3, 2017 - The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg