Open For Discussion
“Open for Discussion” is a monthly drop-in book discussion. The group meets monthly from September -November and January-May on the third Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Our informal discussions last one hour with book related snacks. All are welcome.
Adult Book Discussion is open to all. No registration required. Meetings last one hour.
Questions? Call the Adult Information Desk at (269) 585-8739 or email us
Open for Discussion Winter/Spring 2015 Season
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
Tuesday, January 20th at 10:30am
10-year-old Darling describes, with childlike candor and a penetrating grasp of language, first, her life in Zimbabwe during its so-called Lost Decade and then her life as a teenager in present-day America. What is at once delightful and disturbing is the fact that young Darling and her friends are so resilient amidst chaos. Ultimately what lingers is Bulawayo’s poignant insights into how a person decides what to embrace and what to surrender when adapting to a new culture in a new land.
Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
Tuesday, February 17th at 10:30am
Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendant, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.
The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the heart of the inland seas by Jerry Dennis
Tuesday, March 17th at 10:30am
The Living Great Lakes is the most complete book ever written about the history, nature, and science of these remarkable lakes at the heart of North America. The book, however, is much more than just history. It is also the story of the lakes as told by biologists, fishermen, sailors, and others whom the author grew to know while traveling with them on boats and hiking with them on beaches and islands. The result is a meditation on nature and our place in the world, a discussion and cautionary tale about the future of water resources, and a celebration of a place that is both fragile and robust, diverse, rich in history and wildlife, often misunderstood, and worthy of our attention.
The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Tuesday, April 21st at 10:30am
Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse… As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.
The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport
Tuesday, May 19th at 10:30am
The Princess Dianas of their day, the four captivating Russian Grand Duchesses—Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Romanov—were much admired for their happy dispositions, their looks, the clothes they wore and their privileged lifestyle. Over the years, the story of the four Romanov sisters and their tragic end has clouded our view of them, leading to a mass of sentimental and idealized hagiography. Rappaport sets out to capture the joy as well as the insecurities and poignancy of those young lives against the backdrop of the dying days of late Imperial Russia, World War I and the Russian Revolution. Presenting a new and challenging take on the story by drawing extensively on previously unseen or unpublished letters, diaries and archival sources, as well as private collections, this is a book that will surprise people, even aficionados.
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro
The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Wild: From lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Annie’s Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg
Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini