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January 23, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Time Details:
This book group meets monthly. Readers who are 18 years and older are welcome to drop in, and all participants are expected to read the featured title. No topic is off limits; there is no censorship, but the interests of the group matter. Branch librarian Susan chooses titles that are relatively new award-winners and available in paperback. Numerous copies are provided by Friends of Arcata Library for loan.
Arcata Branch Library
500 7th Street
(behind and below City Hall)

Arcata, CA 95521
Free, thanks to the Friends of Arcata Library.
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6:00 PM, Arcata Library, 'The Library Book' at A Novel Idea Book Group

Thursday, January 23, 2020

'The Library Book', by Susan Orleans. Let's talk about what we discovered about libraries and arson that we hadn't known before. Just think - a million books were damaged in that LA fire...

image, chairs in a circle in front of shelves of books.
The Library Book
Author:  Susan Orleans

Books Coming Up

February 27 - The Meadow, by James Gavin.  
'a unique and extraordinary book, a mixture of novel and natural history wherein Galvin reinvents the form, the true mark of a genuine artist.' - (Jim Harrison).  This book haunts me; I see the meadow, the snow, and Lyle.  He's one of those characters that lives with a sensitive reader forever, (like Miriam in 'A Thousand Splendid Suns').

March 26 - The Power, by Naomi Alderman.
Reader warning - this book depicts much violence.  The novel addresses questions of power and gender that fascinate and beg answers.  For example, are we all potentially oppressors?  If the tables were turned, and women lived in a women-dominated world, would women recognize injustice and fight for men's rights? Please be aware that much of the menace perpetrated by women in The Power seems gratuitous. Alderman was asked in an interview about the degree of violence in her novel, and she answers:  'I’m Jewish. You can get stuck imagining yourself in a particular historical position that people like you have been in — in my case imagining myself as a Holocaust victim. But for me the larger question about the Holocaust is not, How do you avoid being a victim? It is, How do you avoid being a Nazi?'

April 23 - A Rain of Night Birds, by Deena Metzger 
'Perhaps never before in the history of humankind has the disparity between Indigenous mind and Western mind been more on the pulse of what we must pay attention to in order to insure our survival.' Metzger's novel centers on two characters from opposite sides who enter into a loving relationship. 'Through their love of and deeply felt intuitive connection to the Earth, they go to the brink of death to find their truth.'

May -
The Book of Joy, by the Dalai Lama & Bishop Tutu.