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November 17, 2016 - "Invention of Wings"
Third Thursday Book Group - 1pm
The story follows Hetty "Handful" Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid.
"The Invention of Wings" follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined.
Newcomers to the book group are always welcome. Copies of the book can be picked up at the library's main desk.
NON-FICTION Book Group : "The Wright Brothers"
First Tuesday at 1PM
The Non-fiction Book Club discusses "The Wright Brothers" by David McCullough.
On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot.
Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did? David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the surprising, profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright.
Far more than a couple of unschooled Dayton bicycle mechanics who happened to hit on success, they were men of exceptional courage and determination, and of far-ranging intellectual interests and ceaseless curiosity, much of which they attributed to their upbringing. The house they lived in had no electricity or indoor plumbing, but there were books aplenty, supplied mainly by their preacher father, and they never stopped reading. When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable.
In this thrilling book, master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers’ story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.
Copies of the book will be available to borrow from the Library.
Newcomers are always welcome to read the book and join the group.
Upcoming Book group selections
Here's the list of the upcoming titles for our Third Thursday Book Group:
Nov 17 - Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Dec 15 - Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown
Jan 19, 2017 - Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
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:
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