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August 21, 2014: "Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia" by Janet Wallach
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On August 21at 1 p.m the Third Thursday Book Group at the Library discusses  "Desert Queen: The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia" by Janet Wallach.

Gertrude Bell played a major role in establishing and helping and administer the modern state of Iraq, utilizing her unique perspective from her travels and relations with tribal leaders throughout the Middle East. She has been described as "one of the few representative of His Majesty’s Government remembered by the Arabs with anything resembling affection”.


Copies of the book are available at the library. Newcomers are always welcome to discussions.







September 18, 2014: "Here If You Need Me : A Memoir" by Kate Braestrup

Here If You Need MeOn September 18 at 1pm the Third Thursday Book Group at the library will discuss "Here If You Need Me : A Memoir" by Braestrup, Kate.

Ten years ago, Kate Braestrup and her husband Drew were enjoying the life they shared together. They had four young children, and Drew, a Maine state trooper, would soon begin training to become a minister as well. Then early one morning Drew left for work and everything changed. On the very roads that he protected every day, an oncoming driver lost control, and Kate lost her husband. Stunned and grieving, Kate decided to continue her husband's dream and became a minister herself. And in that capacity she found a most unusual mission: serving as the minister on search and rescue missions in the Maine woods, giving comfort to people whose loved ones are missing, and to the wardens who sometimes have to deal with awful outcomes. 

This is the story of Kate Braestrup's remarkable journey from grief to faith to happiness. It is dramatic, funny, deeply moving, and simply unforgettable, an uplifting account about finding God through helping others, and the tale of the small miracles that occur every day when life and love are restored.

Copies of the book are available at the library. Newcomers are always welcome to discussions.