Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of this year's One Read book, "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown which tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew team and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal.
Bring a brown bag lunch and join us to discuss this year's One Read selection with Julie Baka, president of the Columbia Library District Board. “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew team and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal. The underdog team captured the attention of millions of Americans by defeating the much-lauded elite rival teams at Hitler’s 1936 Olympics, thus transforming the sport. The book closely follows the story of one of the rowers, Joe Rantz, a homeless teen who was inspired, along with his fellows rowers, to achieve success under the mentoring of their enigmatic coach and visionary boat builder.
Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of Ben Fountain's darkly satirical novel "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," this year's One Read runner-up. The novel takes place at the Dallas Cowboys' Thanksgiving Day game, where part of the entertainment is a group of Iraqi war heroes on their last day of a "victory tour" before returning to war.
Bring a brown bag lunch and join us to discuss “Frankenstein” by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. This classic novel, written when Shelley was only 19 years old, tells the chilling tale of a young scientist's desire to create life. Victor Frankenstein's monster is stitched together from the stolen limbs of the dead and the result is a grotesque being who, rejected by his maker, sets out on a journey to seek his revenge. In the most famous gothic horror story ever told, Shelley confronts the limitations of science, the nature of human cruelty and the pathway to forgiveness with rich language and evocative imagery.
Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of "The Leisure Seeker" by Michael Zadoorian, the story of an elderly couple facing life-threatening health issues who escape their doctors and controlling adult children and take a forbidden vacation.
Bring a brown bag lunch and join us to discuss “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain. This fictional account of Ernest Hemingway’s first marriage begins with Hadley Richardson meeting the brash young Hemingway through mutual friends in Chicago. After a brief courtship and a small wedding, they take off for Paris, where Hadley convincingly transforms herself into a game and brave young woman. To prop up her husband's career, she puts up with impoverished living conditions and shattering loneliness.