February 18, 2016 - "Etta and Otto and Russell and James" by Emma Hooper
Third Thursday Book Group - 1pm
Eighty-three year old Etta suddenly decides to walk 3,200 kilometers to see the ocean. Her husband Otto understands; he took his own journey once to fight in a faraway land. Their friend Russell has decided to pursue the woman he has loved from afar. And James has an adventure of his own. Etta and Otto and Russell and James is about friendship and love, hope and honor, and the romance of a last great adventure.
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 February at 1PM
It's December 1997, and a man-eating tiger is on the prowl outside a remote village in Russia's Far East. The tiger isn't just killing people, it's annihilating them, and a team of men and their dogs must hunt it on foot through the forest in the brutal cold. As the trackers sift through the gruesome remains of the victims, they discover that these attacks aren't random: the tiger is apparently engaged in a vendetta. Injured, starving, and extremely dangerous, the tiger must be found before it strikes again.
As he re-creates these extraordinary events, John Vaillant gives us an unforgettable portrait of this spectacularly beautiful and mysterious region. We meet the native tribes who for centuries have worshipped and lived alongside tigers, even sharing their kills with them. We witness the arrival of Russian settlers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, soldiers and hunters who greatly diminished the tiger populations. And we come to know their descendants, who, crushed by poverty, have turned to poaching and further upset the natural balance of the region. This ancient, tenuous relationship between man and predator is at the very heart of this remarkable book. Throughout we encounter surprising theories of how humans and tigers may have evolved to coexist, how we may have developed as scavengers rather than hunters, and how early Homo sapiens may have fit seamlessly into the tiger's ecosystem. Above all, we come to understand the endangered Siberian tiger, a highly intelligent super-predator that can grow to ten feet long, weigh more than six hundred pounds, and range daily over vast territories of forest and mountain.
Beautifully written and deeply informative, The Tiger circles around three main characters: Vladimir Markov, a poacher killed by the tiger; Yuri Trush, the lead tracker; and the tiger himself. It is an absolutely gripping tale of man and nature that leads inexorably to a final showdown in a clearing deep in the taiga.
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:
March - The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessara
April - The BFG by Roald Dahl
The Non-Fiction Book Group meets the first Tuesday of the month, at 1PM.
Here are future titles:
April 5 - Flashboys by Michael Lewis
May 3 - Worst Hard Times by Timothy Egan
June 7- Where Men Win Glory by John Krakauer