Food For Thought Book Group

Food For Thought Book Group

Regular meetings are usually held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Library, and reading selections alternate between fiction and nonfiction. New members are always welcome. Stop by the Help Desk to pick up your copy of the next book.

 

A Fan’s Notes by Frederick Exley – Monday, Nov. 19th (special date)

This fictional memoir, the first of an autobiographical trilogy, traces a self-professed failure’s nightmarish decent into the underside of American life and his resurrection to the wisdom that emerges from despair.

 

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks – Wednesday, Dec. 19th

Bethia Mayfield is a restless and curious young woman growing up in Martha’s Vineyard in the 1660s amid a small band of pioneering English Puritans. At age twelve, she meets Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a secret bond that draws each into the alien world of the other. Inspired by a true story.

 

Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olin Butler – Wed. January 16th

Butler’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of stories about the aftermath of the Vietnam War and its impact on the Vietnamese. Includes two subsequently published stories that complete the collection’s narrative journey, returning to the jungles of Vietnam.

 

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren – Wed. Feb. 20th

Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her revelatory treatise on plant life–but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist… And she extends the mantle of scientist to each one of her readers, inviting us to join her in observing and protecting our environment. Warm, luminous, compulsively readable.

 

Burning Marguerite by Elizabeth Inness-Brown – Wed. March 20th

One winter morning James Jack Wright finds ninety-four-year-old Marguerite Deo—the woman he has always known as “Tante”—lying dead in the woods outside his cabin, clad only in a flowered nightgown. With this arresting scene, Elizabeth Inness-Brown ushers readers into her mysterious and lyrical narrative, the story of two closely braided lives that forces a reconsideration of our notions of maternity, loyalty, love, and perhaps death itself.

 

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver – Wed. April 17th

Kingsolver’s riveting story concerns a young wife and mother on a failing farm in rural Tennessee who experiences something she cannot explain, and how her discovery energizes various competing factions–religious leaders, climate scientists, environmentalists, politicians–trapping her in the center of the conflict and ultimately opening up her world.