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Calling all readers: Are you looking to shake up your book club game? Maybe you've been wanting to join a book club but haven't taken the plunge?
If so, UAPL's newest book discussion group, The Reading Cafe at Whole Foods, might just be your answer. Join us as we eat, drink and discuss a variety of titles by debut authors. From memoirs to historical fiction, dystopian to thriller - the group is designed to push you out of your reading comfort zone and get you talking. Who knows - you may even discover your next favorite book!
The group was formed in June of 2014 with the idea of taking the traditional book club and shaking it up a bit by meeting outside of the library's walls. The casual, bustling atmosphere of the cafe at Whole Foods on Lane Avenue promotes lively discussions and participants may snack on provided refreshments or choose to purchase their own food and drink (including beer and wine at happy hour prices) from the cafe.
We meet the first Wednesday of every other month (on even-numbered months, for those keeping score) because, let's face it - we're all busy with our lives and sometimes meeting every month can seem like a burden to our already jam-packed schedules. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, October 7th at 6:30pm in the cafe area of Whole Foods on Lane Avenue
Selected titles range the gamut from fiction to nonfiction and everything in between but are always author's first works.
Registration isn't necessary. If you're interested in attending, stop by the Adult Department desk and ask for a copy of October's book, Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J Ryan Stradal. We set copies aside so you don't have to worry about reserving a copy - just pick it up, check it out, and start reading.
Those interested in recieving email updates (such as upcoming titles and title arrivals) may send an email to jdowning[at]ualibrary.org to be added to the Reading Cafe email list.
Check out some of the title's we've read in the past below:
Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking) by Christian Rudder
Do Equal Opportunity Employers really hire without discrimination? Is Twitter destroying our capacity to write, or improving it? Can Facebook predict if your marriage will last? How is Google fighting the flu?
Christian Rudder, one of the founders of OkCupid, leverages the company’s massive collection of data as a starting point for this examination of human nature. Rudder keeps the text light and readable, skipping wonky details while being sure to note when his conclusions are limited by his data. His insights range from quirky factoids—white men are most likely to read Robert Heinlein while drinking a home-brewed beer, while Asian women would rather snack on macarons and read Norwegian Wood—to sobering insights about racism, sexism, and homophobia. A must-read for anyone interested in social media and what it reveals about our personalities and communities.
Secret History of Wonder Woman
Jill Lepore writes a story rich in historical detection about the most popular female superhero of all time while revealing a fascinating family story and history of twentieth-century feminism.
Wonder Woman was created in 1941 by William Moulton Marston. Marston's life was greatly influenced by early suffragists, starting with Emmeline Pankhurst, and including Olive Byrne and Margaret Sanger. Marston and Byrne wrote a regular column for “Family Circle “celebrating conventional family life, even as they themselves pursued lives of extraordinary nonconformity. Marston’s other claim to fame —-he invented the lie detector test.
Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Annie Hewitt is out of options. She returns to her mother’s cottage on Maine’s Peregrine Island with a mountain of debt, no real job prospects, and only her amazing puppet skills to sustain her. Going into a harsh winter, both her future and the landscape look bleak.
The forbidding house at the top of the hill houses a man who traumatized her as a teen, a friend in need, and a little girl who has lost her voice among the waves. In this modern Gothic, Annie’s time on the island will be marked with mystery, romance, thrills, love, and the sense of belonging she has always wanted – from the people she thought least likely to provide it.