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Third Thursday Book Group
Third Thursday at 1 PM

The Book Club is reading/discussing Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts.

This richly imagined novel tells the story behind The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the book that inspired the iconic film, through the eyes of author L. Frank Baum's intrepid wife, Maud.

Hollywood, 1938: As soon as she learns that M-G-M is adapting her late husband's masterpiece for the screen, seventy-seven-year-old Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to finagle her way onto the set. Nineteen years after Frank's passing, Maud is the only person who can help the producers stay true to the spirit of the book--because she's the only one left who knows its secrets. But the moment she hears Judy Garland rehearsing the first notes of "Over the Rainbow," Maud recognizes the yearning that defined her own life story: from her youth as a suffragette's daughter to her coming of age as one of the first women in the Ivy League, from her blossoming romance with Frank to the hardscrabble prairie years that inspired The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Judy reminds Maud of a young girl she cared for and tried to help in South Dakota, a dreamer who never got her happy ending. Now, with the young actress under pressure from the studio as well as her ambitious stage mother, Maud resolves to protect her--the way she tried so hard to protect the real Dorothy.

The Library will have copies of the book to borrow. All readers are welcome to the discussion.


 
Nonfiction Book Club
First Tuesday of Each Month from September to June at 1PM
 



The group discusses Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Books are available to borrow and all readers are welcome to the meeting.

Doris Kearns Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)—to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders by others. By looking back to their first entries into public life, we encounter them at a time when their paths were filled with confusion, fear, and hope.

Leadership tells the story of how they all collided with dramatic reversals that disrupted their lives and threatened to shatter forever their ambitions. Nonetheless, they all emerged fitted to confront the contours and dilemmas of their times. At their best, all four were guided by a sense of moral purpose. At moments of great challenge, they were able to summon their talents to enlarge the opportunities and lives of others. Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader?

Upcoming Book Group Selections

Upcoming titles for our Third Thursday Book Group  which meets at 1PM on the thrid Thursday of each month, unless otherwise noted in the calendar.

April 16, 2020: American Duchess: a novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt by Karen Harper
May 21, 2020: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
June 18, 2020: The Sleepwalker by Chris Bojhalian

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.
 
April 7: Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI by David Grann
May 5: Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
June 2: American Tempest: how the Boston Tea Party sparked a revolution by Harlow G. Under