Intergenerational Book Club

2014 Selections

Please join us every month on the third Tuesday or whenever a title, a writer, or a genre interests you. The book club is open to all: male or female; young or young-at-heart; local resident, mid-coast neighbor, or visitor from anywhere. Meetings are held at the library at 2:30 PM. Readers are responsible for buying or borrowing their own books.

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  • Previous IGBC & Bookwomen Unite! Books
  • December's Selection:
    Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, the 16th at 2:30 PM

    In this classic study of the spirituality of place, first published in 1993, poet Kathleen Norris writes about life in Lemmon, a small town of 1,600 near the border between North and South Dakota. She and her husband have resided there in the house built by her grandparents in 1923. It certainly takes a rare mixture of hardiness, patience, and resourcefulness to live in this area of the country, which has been dubbed "the American outback." While outsiders tend to view this stark milieu as nothing but "a barren waste," the author finds many marvels to celebrate.

    Although Norris was raised a Protestant, she has found the greatest spiritual nourishment during times spent with the monks and nuns of Benedictine communities in the Dakotas. Seeing these Catholics as prairie descendants of the ancient desert monastics, she savors their ability to make an art out of listening, hospitality, and the joining of work and prayer.

    Norris applies some of the spiritual insights she learns while on retreat to the difficulties and problems of small town living — inertia, fear of change, provincialism, closemindedness, and callous treatment of outsiders. At the same time, she affirms "the holy use of gossip" in a tightly structured community where individuals need to share their tragedies and triumphs.

    Dakota: A Spiritual Geography is a bountiful and beautifully written book overflowing with keen insights into nature, community, storytelling, solitude, change, and soulful living.

    Mystery Book Club

    Selections through October 2015

    The Mystery Book Club meets at 7:00 p.m at varying locations. At each meeting we will discuss one of the following authors, not one specific book, so please select one or more titles by that month's author to read prior to the meeting. For more information or for any meeting's location, please contact Nancy Carter at 354-0410 or nmcarter34@gmail.com.

    • November 19: Craig Johnson - Craig Johnson
      Wyoming setting, featuring Sheriff Walt Longmire
    • December 17: Kate Atkinson - Kate Atkinson
      Scotland setting, featuring private investigator Jackson Brodie
    • January 28: Jo Nesbo - Jo Nesbo
      Set in international settings, featuring Oslo Crime Squad Inspector Harry Hole
    • February 25: Benjamin Black - Benjamin Black
      Set in 1950s Dublin, featuring pathologist Quirke Griffin
    • March 25: Paul Doiron - Paul Doiron
      Maine setting, featuring game warden Mike Bowditch
    • April 22: Steve Hamilton - Steve Hamilton
      Set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.), featuring former cop Alex McKnight
    • May 27: Ann Cleeves - Ann Cleeves
      1) Set in London, featuring DI Vera Stanhope; 2) set in Northumberland, featuring Inspector Stephen Ramsey, and 3) set on the Shetland Islands, featuring DI Jimmy Perez
    • June 24: Priscilla Royal - Priscilla Royal
      Set in medieval Britain, featuring Prioress Eleanor of Tyndal
    • July 22: James W. Hall - James W. Hall
      Set in the Florida Keys, featuring troubled renegade Thorn
    • August 26: Michael Nethercott - Michael Nethercott
      Set in 1950s-era Greenwich Village and Connecticut, featuring Mr. O’Nelligan and Lee Plunkett
    • September 23: Hazel Holt - Hazel Holt
      Set in Devon, England, featuring literary critic Sheila Malory
    • October 28: Loren Nestleman - Loren Nestleman
      Set in the Detroit area, featuring private detective Amos Walker