Join our discussion of Ann Patchett's "State of Wonder." Pharmaceutical researcher Dr. Marina Singh sets off into the Amazon jungle to find the remains and effects of a colleague who recently died under somewhat mysterious circumstances. In finding her former mentor, Dr. Singh must face her own disappointments and regrets, along with the jungle’s unforgiving humidity and insects, making State of Wonder a multi-layered atmospheric novel that is hard to put down. With "State of Wonder," Patchett solidifies her well-deserved place as one of today’s master storytellers. Read more about Noteworthy Reads Book Club: State of Wonder
Join our discussion of Laura Hillenbrand's "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption." "Unbroken" is the inspiring true story of a man who lived through a series of catastrophes almost too incredible to be believed. In evocative, immediate descriptions, Hillenbrand unfurls the story of Louie Zamperini--a juvenile delinquent-turned-Olympic runner-turned-Army hero. Read more about Noteworthy Reads Book Club: "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand
Join our discussion of "Beatrice and Virgil" by Yann Martel, author of "Life of Pi." Fate takes many forms...even the lives of a donkey and a howler monkey -- named Beatrice and Virgil -- and the epic journey they undertake together. With all the spirit and originality that made "Life of Pi" so beloved, this new novel takes the reader on a haunting odyssey. On the way Martel asks profound questions about life and art, truth and deception, responsibility and complicity. Read more about Noteworthy Reads Book Club: Beatrice and Virgil
He's the most successful entrepreneur of our lifetime. Whether you admire or dislike him, there's no arguing he has had an enormous influence on our culture. You know you want to find out how he came to be the icon that he was. And after you do, come join a lively conversation about the book while you enjoy a Starbucks latte and a cookie!
It is difficult to read the opening pages of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs without feeling melancholic. Jobs retired at the end of August and died about six weeks later. Now, just weeks after his death, you can open the book that bears his name and read about his youth, his promise, and his relentless press to succeed. But the initial sadness in starting the book is soon replaced by something else, which is the intensity of the read--mirroring the intensity of Jobs’s focus and vision for his products. Few in history have transformed their time like Steve Jobs, and one could argue that he stands with the Fords, Edisons, and Gutenbergs of the world. This is a timely and complete portrait that pulls no punches and gives insight into a man whose contradictions were in many ways his greatest strength. --Chris SchluepRead more about Young Professionals Book Club: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
This month we're discussing The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ by Philip Pullman. Everyone is welcome to join in this fun and thought-provoking discussion about this slightly controversial, beautifully executed and enteraining novel- even if you disagree with that characterization. In fact, we want you there especially if you disagree with that characterization! We are open-minded and kind people! :-)
We meet on the third Wednesday of every month at 7 pm.
Please note that beginning this month we will be holding our monthly meeting at the Starbucks on Governors Drive, (across from Huntsville Hospital). The address is actually 2003 Whitesburg Drive South, Huntsville, AL.
Please join us on September 21, at 7 pm in the Main branch, for what is sure to be a fun and fascinating conversation about Gary Shteyngart's highly acclaimed new novel, Super Sad True Love Story.
Welcome to the day after tomorrow. In Gary Shteyngart's near-future New York, the dollar has been pegged to the yuan, the American Restoration Authority is on high security alert, and Lenny Abramov, the middle-aged possessor of a decent credit score but an absurdly low--and embarrassingly public--Male Hotness rating, is in love with the young Eunice Park. Like many of the clients of his employer, the Post-Human Services division of the Staatling-Wapachung Corporation, he'd also like to live forever, but all he really wants is to love Eunice. And for a time, despite the traditional challenges of their gaps in age and ethnicity and the more modern hurdle of an oppressively networked culture that makes your most private identity as transparent as the Onionskin jeans that are all the rage, he does. Super Sad True Love Story is as corrosively hilarious as you'd expect from the satirist of Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante's Handbook, but what may surprise you are the moments when the satire hits bedrock and the story becomes--no air quotes required--sad, true, and very much a love story.
You are invited to join us for an interesting conversaition, and a fun time, at our next meeting of the Young Professionals Book Club on August 17. We are reading the critically acclaimed Room by Emma Donoghue, which promises to give us plenty to think, and talk about.
We meet in Meeting Room C of the Main branch at 7 pm. See you there!
In many ways, Jack is a typical 5-year-old. He likes to read books, watch TV, and play games with his Ma. But Jack is different in a big way--he has lived his entire life in a single room, sharing the tiny space with only his mother and an unnerving nighttime visitor known as Old Nick. For Jack, Room is the only world he knows, but for Ma, it is a prison in which she has tried to craft a normal life for her son. When their insular world suddenly expands beyond the confines of their four walls, the consequences are piercing and extraordinary. Despite its profoundly disturbing premise, Emma Donoghue's Room is rife with moments of hope and beauty, and the dogged determination to live, even in the most desolate circumstances. A stunning and original novel of survival in captivity, readers who enter Room will leave staggered, as though, like Jack, they are seeing the world for the very first time. Read more about Young Professionals Book Club: Room by Emma Donoghue
Please join us for an intereting discussion about this very timely novel by the award-winning Paul Auster.
Novel synopsis from Publishers Weekly:
"Auster (Invisible) is in excellent form for this foray into the tarnished, conflicted soul of Brooklyn. New York native Miles Heller now cleans out foreclosed south Florida homes, but after falling in love with an underage girl and stirring the wrath of her older sister, he flees to Brooklyn and shacks up with a group of artists squatting in the borough's Sunset Park neighborhood. As Miles arrives at the squat, the narrative broadens to take in the lives of Miles's roommates--among them Bing, "the champion of discontent," and Alice, a starving writer--and the unlikely paths that lead them to their squat. Then there's the matter of Miles's estranged father, Morris, who, in trying to save both his marriage and the independent publishing outfit he runs, may find the opportunity to patch things up with Miles. The fractured narrative takes in an impressive swath of life and history--Vietnam, baseball trivia, the WWII coming-home film The Best Years of Our Lives--and even if a couple of the perspectives feel weak, Auster's newest is a gratifying departure from the postmodern trickery he's known for, one full of crisp turns of phrase and keen insights"