Multcolib Capitol Hill: Pageturners 2014-2015
Annotation:Join us for the discussion on Sept. 4 or 9, 2014. Meet the author on Sept. 4! Fifteen linked stories chart a true course through the lives of families, farmers, loggers, former classmates, and the occasional stripper in the richly imagined town of Renata, Oregon.
Annotation:Join us for the discussion on Oct. 2 or 14, 2014. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.
Annotation:Join us for the discussion on Nov. 6 or 11, 2014. This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about — until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present.
Annotation:Join us for the discussion on Dec. 4 or 9, 2014. A brilliant tale of the turmoil that “got James A. Garfield elected, the lunacy that got him shot and the medical malfeasance that turned a minor wound into a mortal one.”
Annotation:Join us for Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library’s annual community reading project, on Feb. 5 or 10, 2015. Set in 1990s Portland, The Residue Years is Jackson’s semi-autobiographical account of a family’s struggles in a neglected black neighborhood of a predominantly white city.
Annotation:Join us for the discussion on March 5 or 10, 2015. Uses the rise of social insects and group selection to retrace Homo sapiens from its infancy to its greatest creative achievements.
Annotation:Join us for the discussion on April 2 or 14, 2015. Catalyzed by a nephew's thoughtless prank, a pair of brothers confront painful psychological issues surrounding the freak accident that killed their father when they were boys, a loss linked to a heartbreaking deception that shaped their personal and professional lives.
Annotation:Join us for the discussion on May 7 or 12, 2015. It took Curtis over 30 years to capture the iconic photographs. It's the kind of work that would change anyone, and it changed him profoundly, from detached observer to fierce advocate for the Native American people.
Annotation:Join us for the discussion on July 9 or 14, 2015. Out of the depths of the Depression comes a story from the Great Northwest. This is the amazing account of how nine working-class boys showed the world, at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, what true grit really meant.
Annotation:Join us for the discussion on Aug. 6 or 11, 2015. In Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century.
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