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OWL Book Discussion Groups

OWL has both Fiction and Non-Fiction Book Discussion Groups that are open to all! Come to one or all meetings. Books are available for check out at OWL.

Non-Fiction Discussion Group

When: Second Thursday of each month from 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Where: Outside the library on the south side, near the parking lot, in a circle of chairs provided by the library.
Where if the weather is bad: Click on a link added only on the discussion day itself to connect to the Zoom meeting.
Facilitated by: Karen Pasternak [email protected]

Selection List for 2020-21 Click here



   

June 10   

Lost in America: A Journey with My Father by Sherwin Nuland

This book about the mysteries of family centers on Nuland’s portrait of his father, a Jewish garment
worker who came to America in the early years of the last century but remained an eternal outsider.
Awkward in speech and movement, broken by the premature deaths of a wife and child, he ruled his
youngest son with rage, dependency, and helpless love that outlasted his death. The book also summons
up the warmth and claustrophobia of a vanished immigrant New York. Moderated by Valerie 

 

 

 

July 8

Brilliant Blunders from Darwin to Einstein: Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life
and the Universe 
by Mario Livio

We all make mistakes. Nobody’s perfect. Not even some of the greatest geniuses in history, as told in
this story of scientific error and breakthrough. Drawing on the lives of five renowned scientists, Mario
Livio shows how even these geniuses made major mistakes and how their errors were an essential part
of the process of achieving scientific breakthroughs. The scientific process advances through error.
Mistakes are essential to progress. Moderated by Margaret 

 



Fiction Discussion Group

When: Second Thursday of each month from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Outside the library on the south side, near the parking lot, in a circle of chairs provided by the library.
Where if the weather is bad: Click on a link added only on the discussion day itself to connect to the Zoom meeting.
Facilitated by: Karen Pasternak [email protected]

Selection List for 2020-21  Click here


 

June 10

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The main storyline spans 1952 to 1970, following Kya from ages 6 to 25 as she grows up alone in a shack
in the swamp lands of North Carolina after being abandoned by her family. The story is a mystery, a
heartbreaking coming-of-age story, a survival story, an exquisite ode to the natural world, and a
surprising tale of possible murder. Moderated by Curry 

 




July 8

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

The novel is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker is in his late
twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born – a history whose
epicenter is rooted in Vietnam – and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never
known. Asking questions central to our American moment, this poet-turned novelist explores race, class,
and masculinity. Moderated by Kathy