NON-FICTION Book Group
First Tuesday at 1PM
The group discusses Following Atticus: Forty-eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship by Tom Ryan.
After a close friend died of cancer, middle-aged, overweight, acrophobic newspaperman Tom Ryan decided to pay tribute to her in a most unorthodox manner. Ryan and his friend, miniature schnauzer Atticus M. Finch, would attempt to climb all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four-thousand-foot peaks twice in one winter while raising money for charity. It was an adventure of a lifetime, leading them across hundreds of miles and deep into an enchanting but dangerous winter wonderland. At the heart of the amazing journey was the extraordinary relationship they shared, one that blurred the line between man and dog.
Following Atticus is an unforgettable true saga of adventure, friendship, and the unlikeliest of family, as one remarkable animal opens the eyes and heart of a tough-as-nails newspaperman to the world’s beauty and its possibilities.
Copies of the book will be available to borrow from the Library. All readers are welcome to the discussion.
Third Thursday Book Group
Thursday February 21 at 1PM
The Club discusses The Language of Threads by Gail Tsukiyama.
In 2018, the Club discussed Tsukiyama's Women of the Silk a moving, powerful story of Pei who was brought to work in the silk house as a girl and grew into a quiet but determined young woman. Now, in The Language of Threads, we finally learn what happened to Pei, as she leaves the silk house for Hong Kong in the 1930s, arriving with a young orphan, Ji Shen, in her care.
Her first job, in the home of a wealthy family, ends in disgrace, but soon Pei and Ji Shen find a new life in the home of Mrs. Finch, a British ex-patriate who welcomes them as the daughters she never had. Their idyllic life is interrupted, however, by war, and the Japanese occupation. Pei is once again forced to make her own way, struggling to survive and to keep her extended family alive as well. In this story of hardship and survival, Tsukiyama paints a portrait of women fighting the forces of war and time to make a life for themselves.
Copies of the book are available to borrow. All readers are welcome to the discussion.
Upcoming Book Group Selections
Upcoming titles for our Third Thursday Book Group:
March 21 - To be determined.
The Non-Fiction Book Group meets the first Tuesday of the month, at 1PM.
July and August, the group takes a break, to return in September.
4/2/2019 Mountains beyond mountains Tracy Kidder
5/7/2019 Patient H.M. Luke Dittrich
6/4/2019 Woolly Ben Mezrich
9/3/2019 Sons and Soldiers Bruce B. Henderson