Multcolib Albina: Pageturners 2014-2015
Annotation:Meet the author and join the discussion on Sept. 10, 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 October 21, 2014. Only special students are chosen to attend Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school tucked away in the English countryside. The chilling truth of their special nature slowly unfolds as we follow the stories of three former students.
Annotation:Join the discussion on November 18, 2014. 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 the discussion on Dec. 16, 2014. Rendered with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Sloan's "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Jan. 20, 2015. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?
Annotation:Join us for Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library’s annual community reading project, on Feb. 17, 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 March 17, 2015. Neurologist Sacks draws from his years of medical practice to present tales of real people who suffer from a variety of syndromes which include symptoms such as amnesia, uncontrolled movements and musical hallucinations. Sacks recounts their stories in a riveting, compassionate and thoughtful manner.
Annotation:Join the discussion on April 21, 2015. 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 the discussion on May 19, 2015. This fiercely concentrated and beautifully written novel tells the story of a Polish Jew who, at the age of 7, after seeing his parents murdered by the Nazis, is resurrected by a Greek scientist, and transformed from a half-wild survivor into a scholar and translator who extracts meaning from the unfathomable horror of our time.
Annotation:Join the discussion on June 16, 2015. William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life, so different from the hardscrabble existence he has known.
Annotation:Join the discussion on July 21, 2015. “Who is Ruth McBride Jordan?” wonders her son. McBride has written an examination of race and identity and a loving tribute to his mother, a woman who would not admit she was white.
Annotation:Join the discussion on Aug. 18, 2015. A beautifully and uniquely written slice of the tree-planting life in all its soggy, gritty exuberance.
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This book group meets the second Wednesday in September, at 7:15 pm, and the third Tuesday of each month beginning in October, at 7 pm, in the Mt. Bachelor Conference Room (Studio 1) on the second floor of Whole Foods Market, next door to the library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. - Shannon L.