Book Discussions

CAMS Book Group: The God of War

titleMonday, July 28, 7 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street

The year is 1978. Ares Ramirez, age 12, lives with his mother, Laurel, and his younger brother Malcolm in a trailer at the edge of the Salton Sea, an unintentionally man-made body of water in the middle of the Southern California desert. It is a desolate, forgotten place, whose inhabitants thrive amidst seemingly impossible circumstances.

Where birds fly by day across the desert sky, by night government fighter planes and helicopters make training runs using live ammunition, and an anonymous dead body floats in from the sea. These events inspire Ares, on the cusp of his adolescence, to enact elaborate fantasies of mortal combat. His membership in a troubled family marks Ares as a casualty of a different kind of war. Malcolm, age 7, is mentally handicapped, and his mother chooses not to do anything about it.

Copies of The God of War will be held at the Chicago Avenue/Main Street location; stop by or call 847-905-0764.

 

Keepinitreal: Five Days at Memorial

titleTuesday, July 29, 7 pm, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library

After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.

Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.

In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, Fink exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are in America for the impact of large-scale disasters—and how we can do better.  A remarkable book, engrossing from start to finish, Five Days at Memorial radically transforms your understanding of human nature in crisis.

Copies of the book will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620. Please check the Keepinitreal Blog for author interviews, fun facts, and interesting videos.

   

North Branch Book Group: The Grapes of Wrath

titleThursday, July 31, 7 pm, North Branch 

First published in 1939, Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into haves and have nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. Join us for our discussion on July 31.  Copies of the book are available at the North Branch for those who will be attending the discussion. Please register for an email reminder.

   

A Year of August Wilson: Fences

titleMonday, August 18, 6 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Troy Maxson, is a strong man, a hard man, in an America where to be proud and black is to face pressures that could crush a man, body and soul. But the1950s are yielding to the new spirit of liberation in the 1960s, and Troy is dealing with a spirit that is making him a stranger, angry and afraid, in a world he never knew and to a wife and son he understands less and less.

Join director Ron OJ Parson as we read aloud and discuss this play from the August Wilson "Century" Cycle. Copies of

Fences.will be held at the 2nd floor Reader's Services desk. Register online, or call 847-448-8620. Part of 11 Months of African American History series.

 

   

CAMS Book Group: This Is Where I Leave You

titleMonday, August 25, 7 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street

The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd's wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio- shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins out of control as longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed and old passions are reawakened. Then Jen delivers the clincher: she's pregnant.

Copies of This Is Where I Leave You will be held at the Chicago Avenue/Main Street location; stop by or call 847-905-0764.

   

Keepinitreal: Dark Invasion

titleTuesday, August 26, 7 pm, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library

When a “neutral” United States becomes a trading partner for the Allies early in World War I, the Germans implement a secret plan to strike back. A team of saboteurs—including an expert on germ warfare, a Harvard professor, and a brilliant, debonair spymaster—devise a series of “mysterious accidents” using explosives and biological weapons, to bring down vital targets such as ships, factories, livestock, and even captains of industry like J. P. Morgan.

 

New York Police Inspector Tom Tunney, head of the department’s Bomb Squad, is assigned the difficult mission of stopping them. Assembling a team of loyal operatives, the cunning Irish cop hunts for the conspirators among a population of more than eight million Germans. But the deeper he finds himself in this labyrinth of deception, the more Tunney realizes that the enemy’s plan is far more complex and more dangerous than he suspected.

 

Copies of Dark Invasion will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620. Please check the Keepinitreal Blog for author interviews, fun facts, and interesting videos.

 

Part of World War I/In Commemoration Series.

   

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