Multcolib Hillsdale: Pageturners on Thursdays 2014-2015
Annotation:Meet the author and join the discussion on Sept. 18, 2014. 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. Allred’s stunning debut deftly navigates the stubborn geography of the human heart.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Oct. 16, 2014. Long-time NPR foreign correspondent and self-confessed mope, Weiner visits 10 countries and calls on the collective wisdom of “the self-help industrial complex” to help him navigate the path to bliss.
Annotation:Join us for Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library’s annual community reading project, on Feb. 19, 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 the discussion on Nov. 20, 2014. Eight stories are so intricately woven with their words and themes that each in itself is a beautiful work of art, and yet together, form the basis of a masterpiece.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Dec. 18, 2014. Observed across the years at their vacation house facing the gales of the North Atlantic, Mrs. Ramsay and her family seek to recapture meaning from the flux of things and the passage of time. Woolf's great book enacts a powerful allegory of the creative consciousness and its momentary triumphs over fleeting material life.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Jan. 15, 2015. Quirky and complex characters, playful dialogue, and small-town shenanigans carry us through the summer of 1960 in the shadow of Glacier National Park.
Annotation:Join the discussion on March 19, 2015. Set in the countryside and towns of Lake Huron, these stories about departures and beginnings, accidents, dangers, and homecomings both virtual and real, paint a portrait of how strange, dangerous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.
Annotation:Join the discussion on April 16, 2015. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Egan tells the story of six courageous families and their communities as they struggle through the darkest years of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.
Annotation:Join the discussion on May 21, 2015. Coplin evokes a powerful sense of place, mixing tenderness and violence as she spins an engrossing tale of a solitary orchardist who provides shelter to two runaway teenage girls in the untamed American West.
Annotation:Join the discussion on June 18, 2015. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and an astonishingly good read, Empire of the Summer Moon is the transcendent story of the mixed-blood Quanah Parker and the rise and fall of the Comanches.
Annotation:Join the discussion on July 16, 2015. At the turn of the century, Nathan Walker comes to New York City to take the most dangerous job in the country. A sandhog, he burrows beneath the East River, digging the tunnel that will carry trains from Brooklyn to Manhattan. In the bowels of the riverbed, the sandhogs — black, white, Irish, Italian — dig together, the darkness erasing all differences. Above ground, though, things are different.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Aug. 20, 2015. After his parents are arrested and imprisoned for robbing a bank, 15-year-old Dell Parsons is taken in by Arthur Remlinger who, unbeknownst to Dell, is hiding a dark and violent nature that interferes with Dell's quest to find grace and peace on the prairie of Saskatchewan.