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We Are the 88% Book Discussion Group

We Are the 88%

We Are the 88% is a new book discussion group for millennials (young adults born around or after 1980) who want to explore edgy themes in works by contemporary authors.

The group meets on the second Thursday of every other month at 7pm, at various locations around Port Angeles.

This program is generously supported by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.

Current Book Selection

The Gun Seller book jacket

The Gun Seller
by Hugh Laurie
Thursday, March 12, 7pm. Meets at Gordy’s Pizza, 1123 E. First St., in Port Angeles.

Hapless ex-soldier Thomas Lang is drawn unwittingly and unwillingly into the center of a dangerous James Bond-like plot of international terrorists, arms dealing, high-tech weapons, and CIA spooks. Offered a large sum of money to perform an assassination, Lang chooses instead to warn the intended victim, only to find himself on the hit list and up against such adversaries as rogue agents, wannabe terrorists, and an arms dealer.

Copies of the book are available at the library. .This title is also available in eBook format.
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  • We Are the 88% Book Selection List
  • The Gun Seller

    March 12, 2015

    Meets at Gordy’s Pizza, 1123 E. First St., in Port Angeles.
    The Gun Seller
    by Hugh Laurie
    Hapless ex–soldier Thomas Lang is drawn unwittingly and unwillingly into the center of a dangerous James Bond–like plot of international terrorists, arms dealing, high-tech weapons, and CIA spooks. Offered a large sum of money to perform an assassination, Lang chooses instead to warn the intended victim, only to find himself on the hit list and up against such adversaries as rogue agents, wannabe terrorists, and an arms dealer.

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    The Last Werewolf

    May 14, 2015

    Meets at Smuggler’s Landing, 115 E. Railroad Ave., in Port Angeles.
    The Last Werewolf
    by Glen Duncan
    Jake Marlowe is the last werewolf. Now just over 200 years old, Jake has an insatiable appreciation for good scotch, books, and the pleasures of the flesh, with a voracious libido and a hunger for meat that drives him crazy each full moon. Although he is physically healthy, Jake has slipped into a deep existential crisis, considering taking his own life and ending a legend that has lived for thousands of years. But there are two dangerous groups–one new, one ancient–with reasons of their own for wanting Jake very much alive.

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    The Martian

    July 9, 2015

    Meets at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., in Port Angeles.
    The Martian
    by Andy Weir
    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills, and a relentless refusal to quit, he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Soon a major motion picture.

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    Shades of Grey

    September 10, 2015

    Meets at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 E. Railroad Ave., in Port Angeles.
    Shades of Grey
    by Jasper Fforde
    Welcome to Chromatacia, where the societal hierarchy is strictly regulated by one’s limited color perception. Eddie Russet wants to move up but his plans to leverage his better–than–average red perception and marry into a powerful family are quickly upended. Juggling inviolable rules, sneaky Yellows, and a risky friendship with an intriguing Grey named Jane who shows Eddie that the apparent peace of his world is as much an illusion as color itself, Eddie finds he must reckon with the cruel regime behind this gaily painted facade.

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PALS Book Discussion Group @ Port Angeles Main Library

PALS Book Discussion Group

Fiction fires the imagination and reveals the truth about the world. PALS, the Port Angeles Literary Society,
is a discussion group focused on topics in modern and classic fiction.

The group is free and open to the public. No reservations are needed. Attend as often as you wish.

Discussions take place the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm.

Current Book Selection

Surely You're Joking

Surely You're Joking
by Richard Feynman
Wednesday, March 25, 6:30pm

Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums; painting a naked female toreador. In short, here is Feynman’s life in all its eccentricities–a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, and raging chutzpah.

Copies of the book are available at the library. Request a copy here.

  • PALS Book Selection List
  • The Face

    January 28, 2015

    The Face
    by Dean Koontz
    He’s Hollywood’s most dazzling star, inspiring the worship of millions and the hatred of one twisted soul. His perfectly ordered existence is under siege as a series of terrifying “messages” penetrates the security of his legendary estate. All that stands between him and an insidious killer is a weary ex–cop who has already seen his own death.

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    The Girls of Atomic City

    February 25, 2015

    The Girls of Atomic City
    by Denise Kiernan
    The incredible true story of the top–secret World War II town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the young women brought there unknowingly to help build the atomic bomb. Drawing from the voices and experiences of the women who lived and worked in Oak Ridge, The Girls of Atomic City rescues a remarkable, forgotten chapter of World War II from obscurity.

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    Surely You're Joking

    March 25, 2015

    Surely You're Joking
    by Richard Feynman
    Richard Feynman, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, thrived on outrageous adventures. Here he recounts in his inimitable voice his experience trading ideas on atomic physics with Einstein and Bohr and ideas on gambling with Nick the Greek; cracking the uncrackable safes guarding the most deeply held nuclear secrets; accompanying a ballet on his bongo drums; painting a naked female toreador. In short, here is Feynman’s life in all its eccentricities–a combustible mixture of high intelligence, unlimited curiosity, and raging chutzpah.

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    Mom & Me & Mom

    April 29, 2015

    Mom & Me & Mom
    by Maya Angelou
    The story of Maya Angelou’s extraordinary life has been chronicled in her multiple bestselling autobiographies. But now, at last, the legendary author shares the deepest personal story of her life: her relationship with her mother. Delving into one of her life’s most rich, rewarding, and fraught relationships, Mom & Me & Mom explores the healing and love that evolved between the two women over the course of their lives, the love that fostered Maya Angelou’s rise from immeasurable depths to reach impossible heights.

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    The Devil in the White City

    May 27, 2015

    The Devil in the White City
    by Erik Larson
    Erik Larson intertwines the true tale of the 1893 World’s Fair and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. Combining meticulous research with nail–biting storytelling, he has crafted a narrative with all the wonder of newly discovered history and the thrills of the best fiction.

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    Sweet Tea Revenge

    June 24, 2015

    Sweet Tea Revenge
    by Laura Childs
    Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning may always be a bridesmaid, never a bride, but this groom is never going to make it to the altar… Theodosia Browning’s dear friend Delaine Dish has asked her to be a bridesmaid for her wedding. But when the big day arrives, everything seems to be going wrong. First, a massive storm is brewing over Charleston. A bad omen? Second, Delaine’s sister is late for the ceremony. And finally, the groom not only has cold feet—his whole body is cold. A murderer has crashed the wedding.

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    The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and Their Secret World War

    July 29, 2015

    The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and Their Secret World War
    by Stephen Kinzer
    A joint biography of John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles, who led the United States into an unseen war that decisively shaped today’s world. During the 1950s, when the Cold War was at its peak, two immensely powerful brothers led the United States into a series of foreign adventures whose effects are still shaking the world.

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    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    August 26, 2015

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
    by Ransom Riggs
    A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow–impossible though it seems–they may still be alive.

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    Orphan Train

    September 30, 2015

    Orphan Train
    by Christina Baker Kline
    Orphan Train is a gripping story of friendship and second chances. Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse...

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    Hound of the Baskervilles

    October 28, 2015

    Hound of the Baskervilles
    by Sir Arthur Conon Doyle
    At Baskerville Hall on the grim moors of Devonshire, a legendary curse has apparently claimed one more victim. Sir Charles Baskerville has been found dead. There are no signs of violence, but his face is hideously distorted with terror. Years earlier, a hound-like beast with blazing eyes and dripping jaws was reported to have torn out the throat of Hugo Baskerville. Has the spectral destroyer struck again? More important, is Sir Henry Baskerville, younger heir to the estate, now in danger? Enter Sherlock Holmes, summoned to protect Sir Henry from the fate that has threatened the Baskerville family.

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    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    November 25, 2015

    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
    by Susan Cain
    At least one–third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self–promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts–Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak–that we owe many of the great contributions to society. In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture.

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    The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

    December 30, 2015

    The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion
    by Fannie Flagg
    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother’s past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

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2nd Tuesday Book Discussion Group @ Port Angeles Main Library

2nd Tuesday Book Discussion Group

A monthly book discussion group that reads both fiction and nonfiction.
Meets at 11am on the second Tuesday of every month.
Attend as often as you wish. Drop-ins welcome.
Copies of each month’s selection may be available for check out on a first-come first-served basis.
The 2nd Tuesday book group is generously supported by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.

Current Book Selection

The Man Who Loved China

The Man Who Loved China by Simon Winchester
Tuesday, March 10, 11am

In sumptuous and illuminating detail Simon Winchester brings to life the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham–the brilliant Cambridge scientist, freethinking intellectual and practicing nudist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, once the world's most technologically advanced country.

Copies of the book are available at the library. Also available are the book on CD, and downloadable e-book and audio e-book formats. Request a copy here.

  • 2nd Tuesday Book Selection List

  • The Good Lord Bird

    January 13, 2015

    The Good Lord Bird
    by James McBride
    The story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown’s antislavery crusade–and who must pass as a girl to survive. Henry–whom Brown nicknames Little Onion–conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859–one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.

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    The Night Circus

    February 10, 2015

    The Night Circus
    by Erin Morgenstern
    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black–and–white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors.

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    The Man Who Loved China

    March 10, 2015

    The Man Who Loved China
    by Simon Winchester
    In sumptuous and illuminating detail Simon Winchester brings to life the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham–the brilliant Cambridge scientist, freethinking intellectual and practicing nudist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, once the world's most technologically advanced country.

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    Bel Canto

    April 14, 2015

    Bel Canto
    by Ann Patchett
    In an unnamed South American country, a world-renowned soprano sings at a birthday party in honor of a visiting Japanese industrial titan. Alas, in the opening sequence, just as the accompanist kisses the soprano, a ragtag band of 18 terrorists enters the vice–presidential mansion through the air conditioning ducts. Their quarry is the president, who has unfortunately stayed home to watch a favorite soap opera. And thus, from the beginning, things go awry.

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    Arthur and George

    May 12, 2015

    Arthur and George
    by Julian Barnes
    Arthur is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, physician, sportsman, gentleman par excellence, and the inventor of Sherlock Holmes; George is George Edalji, also a real, if less well–known person, whose path crossed not quite fatefully with the famous author’s. As boys, George, the son of a Midlands vicar, and Arthur, living in shabby genteel Edinburgh, find themselves in a vast and complex world at the heart of the British Empire. Years later–one struggling with his identity in a world hostile to his ancestry, the other creating the world’s most famous detective while in love with a woman who is not his wife–their fates become inextricably connected.

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    The Rosie Project

    June 9, 2015

    The Rosie Project
    by Graeme Simsion
    The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen–page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities and Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project. But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.

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    In the Land of Invisible Women

    July 14, 2015

    In the Land of Invisible Women
    by Qanta Ahmed
    Unexpectedly denied a visa to remain in the U.S., Ahmed, a young British Muslim doctor, becomes an outcast in motion. On a whim, she accepts an exciting position in Saudi Arabia. This is not just a new job; this is a chance at adventure in an exotic land she thinks she understands, a place she hopes she will belong. What she discovers is vastly different. The Kingdom is a world apart, a land of unparalleled contrast. She finds rejection and scorn in the places she believed would most embrace her, but also humor, honesty, loyalty and love. And for Qanta, more than anything, it is a land of opportunity, a place where she discovers what it takes for one woman to recreate herself in the land of invisible women.

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    Instructions for a Heatwave

    August 11, 2015

    Instructions for a Heatwave
    by Maggie O'Farrell
    It is July 1976, and London is in the grip of an intense heatwave. All over the city, people are coming unhinged, and the Riordans are no exception. Retired banker Robert has left to buy a newspaper and never returns. His wife, Gretta, calls their three children, who converge on the family homestead for the first time in years. As the siblings seek out clues to the whereabouts of their father, O’Farrell draws a beautiful portrait of family life. The story blossoms in the second half, when the Riordans end their search in Ireland, where the family’s secrets and private feuds come raging forth so that the true healing can begin.

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    Cleaner of Chartres

    September 8, 2015

    Cleaner of Chartres
    by Salley Vickers
    Agnès Morel is an enigma. Discovered sleeping on the porch of Chartres cathedral, she has become a fixture there, cleaning the cathedral and tending to the aging priests for the last 20 years. Taking odd jobs about the small town, she has made herself indispensable. But it is her mysterious past that causes the bitter town gossip to begin to suspect and then accuse her of things she did not do. The unwanted scrutiny brings back memories of her past, a past she came to Chartres to escape. Vickers shows us the layers of human need–to be loved, accepted, and believed–and wraps it in a structure as intricate as the cathedral itself.

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    Longbourn

    October 13, 2015

    Longbourn
    by Jo Baker
    The servants take center stage in this irresistibly imagined belowstairs answer to Pride and Prejudice. While Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters fuss over balls and husbands, Sarah, their orphaned housemaid, is beginning to chafe against the boundaries of her class. When a new footman arrives at Longbourn under mysterious circumstances, the carefully choreographed world she has known all her life threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, upended. Jo Baker dares to take us beyond the drawing rooms of Regency England and, in doing so, uncovers the real world of the novel that has captivated readers’ hearts around the world for generations.

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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    November 10, 2015

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    by Harper Lee
    The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior–to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. This regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

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    The Toss of a Lemon

    December 8, 2015

    The Toss of a Lemon
    by Padma Viswanathan
    Sivakami was married at ten, widowed at eighteen, and left with two children. According to the dictates of her caste, her head is shaved and she puts on widow's whites. From dawn to dusk, she is not allowed to contaminate herself with human touch, not even to comfort her small children. Sivakami dutifully follows custom, except for one defiant act: She moves back to her dead husband's house to raise her children. There, her servant Muchami, a closeted gay man who is bound by a different caste's rules, becomes her public face. Their singular relationship holds three generations of the family together through the turbulent first half of the twentieth century, as India endures great social and political change.

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Page2Screen Book and Film Discussion Group @ Port Angeles Main Library

Page2Screen Book Discussion Group

Page2Screen is a monthly book-to-film discussion group that explores good reads and the films based on them.
Discussions take place the last Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm.
Copies of each month’s selection may be available for check out on a first-come first-served basis.
The Page2Screen book group is generously supported by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.

Current Book and DVD Selection

On the Road

On the Road by Jack Kerouac
Tuesday, March 31, 6:30pm

With On the Road, Kerouac discovered his voice and his true subject—the search for a place as an outsider in America. On the Road swings to the rhythms of fifties underground America, jazz, sex, generosity, chill dawns, and drugs, with Sal Paradise and his hero Dean Moriarty, traveler and mystic, the living epitome of Beat. Received 4 film award nominations and 2 wins — including a Hollywood Film Award to Amy Adams as Supporting Actress.

The DVD, Book, book on CD, downloadable e-book and audio e-book are available at the library.

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  • Page2Screen Book Selection List
  • A Thousand Acres

    January 27, 2015

    A Thousand Acres
    by Jane smiley

    A successful Iowa farmer decides to divide his farm between his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. This sets off a chain of events that brings dark truths to light and explodes long-suppressed emotions. An ambitious reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear cast upon a typical American community in the late twentieth century, A Thousand Acres takes on themes of truth, justice, love, and pride, and reveals the beautiful yet treacherous topography of humanity. 1997 film starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Jessica Lange. Nominated for a Golden Globe.

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    The Wolf of Wall Street

    February 24, 2015

    The Wolf of Wall Street
    by John Belfort

    By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids waiting at home, and the fast–talking, hard–partying young stockbrokers who called him king and did his bidding, here, in his own inimitable words, is the story of the ill–fated genius they called . . . The Wolf of Wall Street. Adapted to film in 2013. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Nominated for 4 Academy Awards and 2 Golden Globes including Best Picture. Leonardo DiCaprio awarded Best Actor Golden Globe.

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    On the Road

    March 31, 2015

    On the Road
    by Jack Kerouac

    With On the Road, Kerouac discovered his voice and his true subject—the search for a place as an outsider in America. On the Road swings to the rhythms of fifties underground America, jazz, sex, generosity, chill dawns, and drugs, with Sal Paradise and his hero Dean Moriarty, traveler and mystic, the living epitome of Beat. Received 4 film award nominations and 2 wins — including a Hollywood Film Award to Amy Adams as Supporting Actress.

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    To Kill a Mockingbird


    April 28, 2015

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    by Harper Lee

    Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior — to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning 1962 film starring Gregory Peck.

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    In the Bedroom


    May 26, 2015

    In the Bedroom (Killings)
    by Andre Dubus

    “Killings,” the basis for Todd Field’s award-winning film In the Bedroom—showcases legendary writer Andre Dubus’ sheer narrative mastery in a book of quietly staggering emotional power. Adapted to a film starring Sissy Spacek, Tom Wilkinson and Nick Stahl. Nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture. Sissy Spacek awarded Golden Globe for Lead Actress.

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    Sophie’s Choice


    June 30, 2015

    Sophie’s Choice
    by William Stryon

    Three stories are told: a young Southerner wants to become a writer; a turbulent love–hate affair between a brilliant Jew and a beautiful Polish woman; and of an awful wound in that woman’s past—one that impels both Sophie and Nathan toward destruction. Best Actress Oscar awarded to Meryl Streep. Best Picture Golden Globe nomination. Also stars Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol. Received 13 film award wins and 11 nominations.

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    The Science of Interstellar

    July 28, 2015

    The Science of Interstellar
    by Kip Thorne

    Interstellar, from acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, takes us on a fantastic voyage far beyond our solar system. Yet in The Science of Interstellar, Kip Thorne, the physicist who assisted Nolan on the scientific aspects of Interstellar, shows us that the movie’s jaw–dropping events and stunning, never–before–attempted visuals are grounded in real science. Thorne’s scientific insights—many of them triggered during the actual scripting and shooting of Interstellar—describe the physical laws that govern our universe and the truly astounding phenomena that those laws make possible. In the film a team of explorers travel through a wormhole in an attempt to find a potentially habitable planet that will sustain humanity. Stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.

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    Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, And A Dream

    August 25, 2015

    Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, And A Dream
    by HG Bissinger

    Return once again to the timeless account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa—the winningest high–school football team in Texas history. Odessa is not known to be a town big on dreams, but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this small, dusty town going. Socially and racially divided, its fragile economy follows the treacherous boom-bust path of the oil business. In bad times, the unemployment rate barrels out of control; in good times, its murder rate skyrockets. But every Friday night from September to December, when the Permian High School Panthers play football, this West Texas town becomes a place where dreams can come true. Adapted to film and television. The 2005 film adaptation stars Billy Bob Thornton. Winner of AFI Movie of the Year.

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    Gone Girl

    September 29, 2015

    Gone Girl
    by Gillian Flynn

    On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband–of–the–Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe–worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha–girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? Nominated for four 2015 Golden Globes. Stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Directed by David Fincher.

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    Before I Go to Sleep


    October 27, 2015

    Before I Go to Sleep
    by SJ Watson

    S. J. Watson makes his powerful debut with this compelling, fast–paced psychological thriller in which an amnesiac who, following a mysterious accident, cannot remember her past or form new memories, desperately tries to uncover the truth about who she is—and who she can trust. Adapted to film in 2014 starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong. Directed by Rowan Joffe.

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    Tracks


    November 24, 2015

    Tracks
    by Robin Davidson

    Robyn Davidson’s opens the memoir of her perilous journey across 1,700 miles of hostile Australian desert to the sea with only four camels and a dog for company with the following words: “I experienced that sinking feeling you get when you know you have conned yourself into doing something difficult and there’s no going back.” Davidson emerges as an extraordinarily courageous heroine driven by a love of Australia’s landscape, empathy for its indigenous people, and a willingness to cast away the trappings of her former identity. Tracks is the compelling, candid story of her odyssey of discovery and transformation. 2013 film starring Mia Wasikowska and directed by John Curran. Winner of the Australian Cinematographers Society award for Features — Cinema.

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    The Help

    December 29, 2015

    The Help
    by Kathryn Stocket

    An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African–American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. 2011 Award winning film adaptation starred Viola Davis, Emma Stone and Octavia Spencer. Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress Oscar and Golden Globe. Received 70 film award wins and 90 nominations including Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress for Viola Davis.

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2nd Saturday Book Discussion Group @ Sequim Branch Library

Sequim Book Discussion Group

“A great book should leave you with many experiences... You live several lives while reading.” (William Styron, Conversations with William Styron). The Sequim Book Discussion Group brings great, fiction and non-fiction and classic and contemporary books to life, exploring those shared lives together in a round table setting.

The group is free and open to the public. No reservations are needed. Attend as often as you wish.

Copies of each month’s selection are available to check out at the previous month’s meeting.

Discussions take place the second Saturday of every month at 3pm.

Current Book Selection

The Course of Honour

The Course of Honour by Lindsey Davis
Saturday, March 14, 3pm

An intriguing and suspenseful love story set during ancient Rome’s most turbulent period. Those who aspired to political power in ancient Rome had to follow what was known as The Course of Honour, forbidding a senator to marry a slave, even a freed slave. As Vespasian the soldier slowly rises from near—obscurity, no one could believe that a country–born army man might win the throne—no one, that is, except a slave girl who, with the future Emperor, begins a daring course of honor of her own.

Copies of this book are available in regular print.
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  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

    January 10, 2015

    One Hundred Years of Solitude
    by Gabriel Garcia Márquez
    One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women—brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul—this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction.

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    The White Tiger

    February 14, 2015

    The White Tiger
    by Aravind Adiga
    The White Tiger follows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern India’s caste society—a narrative genius with a mischief and personality all its own. Amoral, irreverent, deeply endearing, and utterly contemporary, this novel is an international publishing sensation—and a startling, provocative debut.

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    The Course of Honour

    March 14, 2015

    The Course of Honour
    by Lindsey Davis
    An intriguing and suspenseful love story set during ancient Rome’s most turbulent period. Those who aspired to political power in ancient Rome had to follow what was known as The Course of Honour, forbidding a senator to marry a slave, even a freed slave. As Vespasian the soldier slowly rises from near—obscurity, no one could believe that a country–born army man might win the throne—no one, that is, except a slave girl who, with the future Emperor, begins a daring course of honor of her own.

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    The Giver

    April 11, 2015

    The Giver
    by Lois Lowry
    The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.

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    Reading Lolita in Tehran

    May 9, 2015

    Reading Lolita in Tehran
    by Azar Nafisi
    Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, the girls in Azar Nafisi’s living room risked removing their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories become intertwined with the ones they are reading. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.

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    Sarah's Key

    June 13, 2015

    Sarah's Key
    by Tatiana de Rosnay
    Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

    Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long–hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl’s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel’ d’Hiv’, to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah’s past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.

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    Parrot and Olivier in America

    July 11, 2015

    Parrot and Olivier in America
    by Peter Carey
    Olivier—an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville—is an aristocrat born just after the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerant English engraver. Their lives are joined when Olivier sets sail for the New World to save his neck from one more revolution and Parrot is sent with him as spy, protector, foe, and foil. With the story of their unlikely friendship, Peter Carey explores the adventure of American democracy with the dazzling inventiveness and richness of characterization, story, and language that we have come to expect from this superlative writer.

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    The Westing Game

    August 8, 2015

    The Westing Game
    by Ellen Raskin
    This highly inventive, Newbery Medal–winning mystery involves sixteen people who are invited to the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. They could become millionaires—it all depends on how they play the tricky and dangerous Westing game, a game involving blizzards, burglaries, and bombings! Ellen Raskin has created a remarkable cast of characters in a puzzle–knotted, word–twisting plot filled with humor, intrigue, and suspense.

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    No Great Mischief

    September 12, 2015

    No Great Mischief
    by Alistair MacLeod
    Generations after their forebears went into exile, the MacDonalds still face seemingly unmitigated hardships and cruelties of life. Alexander, orphaned as a child by a horrific tragedy, has nevertheless gained some success in the world. But, like all his clansmen, Alexander is sustained by a family history that seems to run through his veins. And through these lovingly recounted stories—wildly comic or heartbreakingly tragic—we discover the hope against hope upon which every family must sometimes rely.

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    Fahrenheit 451

    October 10, 2015

    Fahrenheit 451
    by Ray Bradbury
    A terrifyingly prophetic novel of a post–literate future. Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

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    The Samurai's Garden

    November 14, 2015

    The Samurai’s Garden
    by Gail Tsukiyama
    An unusual story set in the late 1930’s. Stephen, a 20–year–old Chinese painter, is sent to his family’s summer home in a Japanese coastal village to recover from a bout with tuberculosis. Here he is cared for by Matsu, reticent housekeeper and master gardener. Over the course of a remarkable year, Stephen gains physical strength and profound spiritual insight. Matsu is a samurai of the soul, a man devoted to doing good and finding beauty in a cruel and arbitrary world, and Stephen is a noble student, learning to appreciate Matsu's generous and nurturing way of life and to love Matsu's soulmate, gentle Sachi, a woman afflicted with leprosy.

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    The Crossing Places

    December 12, 2015

    The Crossing Places
    by Elly Griffiths
    Ruth Galloway, archaeologist, lives happily alone in a remote, wild place called Saltmarsh overlooking the North Sea under Norfolk’s vast skies. When a child’s bones are found in the marshes, Ruth is asked to date them. The bones turn out to be two thousand years old. DCI Harry Nelson, who called on Ruth for help, hoped they would be the bones of Lucy, a child who's been missing for ten years. He's been getting letters about her ever since — bizarre notes with references to ritual and sacrifice. Then another child goes missing, and the hunt is on to find her. As the letter writer moves closer, Ruth finds herself in completely new territory—and in serious danger.

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