In keeping with Summer Reading's hero theme, bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of "The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid" by Bill Bryson. The author shares his memories of growing up in the 1950s, including his rich fantasy life as a superhero. He ran around his house and neighborhood vanquishing evildoers in an old football jersey with a thunderbolt on it and a towel around his neck for a cape.
Bring a brown bag lunch and join us to discuss “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed. After her mother’s death and the failure of her marriage, the author felt she had lost everything. Desperate and hurting, she decided to solo-hike the Pacific Crest Trail—more than a thousand miles from California to Washington—though she had no hiking experience or training. Despite seemingly insurmountable setbacks, Strayed completed her journey and found healing along the way.
Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of Laura Hillenbrand’s novel "Seabiscuit," a tale about a racehorse who, with the right human partners, become a racing legend despite his humble beginnings.
Bring a brown bag lunch and join us to discuss “The Maid’s Version” by Daniel Woodrell. When her young grandson visits her for the summer, Alma DeGeer Dunahew finally reveals the story of the 1929 dance hall explosion that killed her sister. Everyone in the small rural town of West Table, Missouri had a theory, but Alma believes the tragedy came about because of a dangerous love affair. Although her pursuit of justice alienates her from the community and even her family, the simple maid and mother of three nevertheless devotes her life to finding the truth.
Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of "Mrs. Queen Takes the Train," by William Kuhn. The queen decides to take an unscheduled vacation, causing problems for her royal attendants. They must find her and bring her back before her absence becomes a national scandal.
Bring a brown bag lunch and join us to discuss “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman. In this fanciful tale, an unnamed fiftyish visits his childhood home in Sussex, England and drives to a farmhouse he remembers from his youth. He finds two of the original occupants still in residence and begins to recall a childhood adventure he'd forgotten involving powerful evil forces.