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PALS Book Discussion Group @ Port Angeles Main Library

PALS Book Discussion Group

The Port Angeles Literary Society (PALS) reads both fiction and nonfiction titles. The group meets at
6:30pm on the last Wednesday of every month in the Coffey Room at the Port Angeles Main Library. Attend as often as you wish. Drop- ins are always welcome. Copies of each month's selection may be available for check out on a first-come first-served basis. The PALS book discussion group is generously supported by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.

Current Book Selection

Dead Wake: the Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Dead Wake: the Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
Wednesday, August 31, 6:30pm

The #1 New York Times best-selling author of In the Garden of Beasts presents a 100th–anniversary chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania, exploring the factors that led to the tragedy and the contributions of such figures as President Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat, and architect Theodate Pope Riddle.

Copies of the book are available at the library as well as large print, book on CD and downloadable ebook and audiobook formats. Request a copy here.

  • PALS Book Selection List
  • The Bonesetter's Daughter

    January 27, 2016

    The Bonesetter's Daughter
    by Amy Tan
    Set in contemporary San Francisco and in a Chinese village where Peking Man is unearthed, The Bonesetter’s Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes. This is the story of LuLing Young, who searches for the name of her mother, the daughter of the famous Bonesetter from the Mouth of the Mountain. The story conjures the pain of broken dreams, the power of myths, and the strength of love that enables us to recover in memory what we have lost in grief.

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    The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

    February 24, 2016

    The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
    by Elizabeth Kolbert
    Over the last half billion years, there have been five major mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on Earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around the cataclysm is us. In this book the author tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before. The sixth extinction is likely to be mankind’s most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.

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    Sometimes a Great Notion

    March 30, 2016

    Sometimes a Great Notion
    by Ken Kesey
    A bitter strike is raging in a small lumber town along the Oregon coast. Bucking that strike out of sheer cussedness are the Stampers: Henry, the fiercely vital and overpowering patriarch; Hank, the son who has spent his life trying to live up to his father; and Viv, who fell in love with Hank's exuberant machismo but now finds it wearing thin. And then there is Leland, Henry’s bookish younger son, who returns to his family on a mission of vengeance—and finds himself fulfilling it in ways he never imagined. Out of the Stamper family’s rivalries and betrayals Ken Kesey has crafted a novel with the mythic impact of Greek tragedy.

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    Bring Your Own Book!

    April 27, 2016

    Bring Your Own Book!
    Bring a book of your choosing to share with the group.

    In April, bring in your choice of the latest, greatest book to share with the group.
    Fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry—anything goes!


    East of Eden

    May 25, 2016

    East of Eden
    by John Steinbeck
    Adam and Charles Trask are raised by their stern father to become soldiers. But even as boys, they are at war. Adam's gentle passivity enrages the fiercely competitive Charles, who is sure his father favors Adam. Cathy Ames is beautiful but amoral; she uses the world to get what she wants. When Adam falls under her spell, she becomes a force that will poison both brothers and the future generations of two families.

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    If Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey into the Heart of the Qur'an

    June 29, 2016

    If Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey into the Heart of the Qur’an
    by Carla Power
    The eye-opening story of how American Carla Power and her longtime friend Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi found a way to confront ugly stereotypes and persistent misperceptions that were cleaving their communities.

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    A Thousand Acres

    July 27, 2016

    A Thousand Acres
    by Jane Smiley
    The Cook family kingdom is a fertile farm that spans 1,000 acres, but the seeds of its destruction are sown when the patriarch, Larry Cook, impulsively decides to distribute it among his three daughters, Ginny, Rose, and Caroline. Dark truths and long–suppressed emotions come to the surface.

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    Dead Wake: the Last Crossing of the Lusitania

    August 31, 2016

    Dead Wake: the Last Crossing of the Lusitania
    by Erik Larson
    The #1 New York Times best-selling author of In the Garden of Beasts presents a 100th–anniversary chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania, exploring the factors that led to the tragedy and the contributions of such figures as President Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat, and architect Theodate Pope Riddle.

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    Etta and Otto and Russell and James

    September 28, 2016

    Etta and Otto and Russell and James
    by Emma Hooper
    “Otto,” the letter began, “I've gone. I’ve never seen the water, so I’ve gone there. Don’t worry, I’ve left you the truck. I can walk. I will try to remember to come back. Yours (always), Etta.” Otto finds his 83–year–old wife’s note in their kitchen in Saskatchewan, some 3,200 kilometers from the ocean. But he understands. He was there once. Now Otto struggles with his demons of war while their friend Russell pursues Etta. And as for James—you'll have to meet him on the page. 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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    Being Mortal: Medicine and what Matters in the End

    October 26, 2016

    Being Mortal: Medicine and what Matters in the End
    by Atul Gawande
    Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Gawande asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

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    Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron

    November 30, 2016

    Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron
    by Jasper FForde
    In a society where the ability to see the higher end of the color spectrum denotes a better social standing, Eddie Russet belongs to the low-level House of Red: he can see his own color, but no other. Eddie might have lived out his rose-tinted life without a hitch. But then he meets Jane, a Grey Nightseer, from the unlit side of the village, and sets off a battle against overwhelming odds.

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    Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

    December 28, 2016

    Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
    by Roz Chast
    In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four–color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast's memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.

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Second Tuesday Book Discussion Group @ Port Angeles Main Library

2nd Tuesday Book Discussion Group

The Second Tuesday Book Discussion Group reads both fiction and nonfiction titles, and meets at 11am on the second Tuesday of every month. Attend as often as you wish. Drop-ins are always welcome. Copies of each month's selection may be available for check out on a first-come first-served basis. The Second Tuesday Book Discussion Group is generously supported by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.

Current Book Selection

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Tuesday, September 13, 11am

Rene Michel is the 54-year-old concierge of a luxury Paris apartment building. Her exterior (short, ugly, and plump) and demeanor (poor, discreet, and insignificant) belie her keen, questing mind and profound erudition. Paloma Josse is a 12-year-old genius who behaves as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter. She plans to kill herself on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday. Both Rene and Paloma hide their true talents and finest qualities from the bourgeois families around them, until a wealthy Japanese gentleman named Ozu moves into the building. Only he sees through them, perceiving the secret that haunts Rene, winning Paloma's trust, and helping the two discover their kindred souls. Moving, funny, tender, and triumphant, Barbery's novel exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.

Copies of this book are available in regular print, book on CD, playaway, and downloadable ebook and audiobook formats. Request a copy here.

  • 2nd Tuesday Book Selection List

  • The Samurai's Garden

    January 12, 2016

    The Samurai's Garden
    by Gail Tsukiyama
    The daughter of a Chinese mother and a Japanese father, Tsukiyama uses the Japanese invasion of China during the late 1930s as a somber backdrop for her unusual story about a 20-year-old Chinese painter named Stephen who 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, a reticent housekeeper and a master gardener. Over the course of a remarkable year, Stephen learns Matsu's secret and gains not only physical strength, but also 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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    Breakfast with Buddha

    February 9, 2016

    Breakfast with Buddha
    by Roland Merullo
    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger–amuse himself–he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way. From a chocolate factory in Hershey to a bowling alley in South Bend, from a Cubs game at Wrigley field to his family farm near Bismarck, Otto is given the remarkable opportunity to see his world–and more important, his life–through someone else's eyes. Gradually, skepticism yields to amazement as he realizes that his companion might just be the real thing.

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

    March 8, 2016

    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
    by Susan Cain
    This book demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in modern culture, charting the rise of extrovert ideology while sharing anecdotal examples of how to use introvert talents to adapt to various situations. At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society, from van Gogh's sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer. Filled with indelible stories of real people, this book shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so.

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    The Whistling Season

    April 12, 2016

    The Whistling Season
    by Ivan Doig
    In 1909, struggling to farm his remote homestead and raise three sons, widower Oliver Milliron desperately needs help. A housekeeper's ad in a Milwaukee newspaper, "Can't cook but doesn't bite," leads him to hire her sight unseen. When perky Rose Llewellyn arrives, she brings her brainy brother, Morris. Though Rose whistles through her work at the Milliron house, and Morris becomes teacher at the one-room school, these two newcomers conceal a past that is colorful and infamous.

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    Orphan Train

    May 10, 2016

    Orphan Train
    by Christina Baker Kline
    Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude? As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past.

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    The Soul Of An Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness

    June 14, 2016

    The Soul Of An Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
    by Sy Montgomery
    Sy Montgomery's popular 2011 magazine piece, "Deep Intellect," about her friendship with a sensitive, sweet-natured octopus named Athena and the grief she felt at her death, went viral, indicating the widespread fascination with these mysterious, almost alien-like creatures. Since then Sy has practiced true immersion journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, pursuing these wild, solitary shape-shifters. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about consciousness and the meeting of two very different minds.

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    The Girl Who Wrote In Silk

    July 12, 2016

    The Girl Who Wrote In Silk
    by Kelli Estes
    Inara Erickson is exploring her deceased aunt's island estate when she finds an elaborately stitched piece of fabric hidden in the house. As she peels back layer upon layer of the secrets it holds, Inara's life becomes interwoven with that of Mei Lein, a young Chinese girl mysteriously driven from her home a century before. Through the stories Mei Lein tells in silk, Inara uncovers a tragic truth that will shake her family to its core–and force her to make an impossible choice.

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    The Skeleton Crew: how amateur sleuths are solving America's coldest cases

    August 9, 2016

    The Skeleton Crew: how amateur sleuths are solving America's coldest cases
    by Deborah Halber
    In America today, upwards of 40,000 people are dead and unaccounted for. These murder, suicide, and accident victims, separated from their names, are being adopted by a bizarre online world of amateur sleuths. It's DIY CSI. The web sleuths pore over facial reconstructions and other online clues as they vie to solve cold cases and tally up personal scorecards of dead bodies. The Skeleton Crew delves into the macabre underside of the Internet, the fleeting nature of identity, and how even the most ordinary citizen with a laptop and a knack for puzzles can reinvent herself as a web sleuth.

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    The Elegance of the Hedgehog

    September 13, 2016

    The Elegance of the Hedgehog
    by Muriel Barbery
    Rene Michel is the 54-year-old concierge of a luxury Paris apartment building. Her exterior (short, ugly, and plump) and demeanor (poor, discreet, and insignificant) belie her keen, questing mind and profound erudition. Paloma Josse is a 12-year-old genius who behaves as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter. She plans to kill herself on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday. Both Rene and Paloma hide their true talents and finest qualities from the bourgeois families around them, until a wealthy Japanese gentleman named Ozu moves into the building. Only he sees through them, perceiving the secret that haunts Rene, winning Paloma's trust, and helping the two discover their kindred souls. Moving, funny, tender, and triumphant, Barbery's novel exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.

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    The Light Between Oceans

    October 11, 2016

    The Light Between Oceans
    by M.L. Stedman
    After the horror of World War I, Tom Sherbourne welcomes his new job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, an isolated island with no residents aside from him and his wife Isabel. But times on the island are tough for Isabel as she suffers multiple miscarriages and a stillbirth in just four years-time. When a boat with a dead man and a young baby washes ashore, Isabel convinces Tom to let her keep the baby as their own, but the consequences to her actions may be dire.

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    My Life in Middlemarch

    November 8, 2016

    My Life in Middlemarch
    by Rebecca Mead
    Rebecca Mead was a young woman in an English coastal town when she first read George Eliot's Middlemarch, regarded by many as the greatest English novel. After gaining admission to Oxford and moving to the United States to become a journalist, through love affairs, then marriage, and family, Mead read and reread Middlemarch. The novel offered Mead something that modern life and literature did not.

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    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    December 13, 2016

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    by Rebecca Skloot
    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge–became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though Henrietta has been dead for more than 60 years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than 20 years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.

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Page2Screen Book and Film Discussion Group @ Port Angeles Main Library

Page2Screen Book Discussion Group

The Page2Screen book-to-film discussion group explores good reads and the films inspired by them. The group meets at 6:30pm on the last Tuesday of every month in the Coffey Room at the Port Angeles Main Library. Optional film screenings will be offered before each meeting at 4pm unless otherwise noted. Attend as often as you wish. Drop-ins are always welcome. Copies of each month's selections may be available for check out on a first-come first-served basis. This book discussion group is generously supported by the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.

Current Book and DVD Selection

The Martian

The Martian by Andy Weir
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
-- film screening, 4pm
-- book discussion, 6:30pm

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. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. The 2015 film stars Matt Damon.

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

  • Page2Screen Book Selection List
  • The Help

    January 26, 2016

    The Help
    by Kathryn Stocket
    -- film screening, 4pm
    -- book discussion, 6:30pm

    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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    The Book Thief

    February 23, 2016

    The Book Thief
    by Markus Zusak
    -- film screening, 4pm
    -- book discussion, 6:30pm

    Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel—a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. Although Liesel is illiterate when she is adopted by a German couple, her adoptive father encourages her to learn to read. Ultimately, the power of words helps Liesel and Max, a Jew hiding in the family's home, escape from the events unfolding around them. The 2014 film stars Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, and Sophie Nelisse.

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    Being Mortal

    March 29, 2016

    Being Mortal
    by Atul Gawande
    -- film screening, 4pm
    -- book discussion, 6:30pm

    Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Gawande asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience, providing not only a good life but also a good end. In conjunction with Gawande's book, the Frontline-produced film explores the relationships between doctors and patients nearing the end of life, and shows how many doctors, including himself, struggle to talk honestly and openly.

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    The Elegance of the Hedgehog

    April 26, 2016

    The Elegance of the Hedgehog
    by Muriel Barbery
    -- film screening, 4:30pm
    -- book discussion, 6:30pm

    Paloma is a young girl bent on ending it all on her upcoming twelfth birthday. Using her father's old camcorder to chronicle the hypocrisy she sees in adults, she begins to learn about life from the grumpy building concierge, Renee Michel. She begins to understand that there are allies to be found beneath the prickliest of exteriors. “The Hedgehog” was released in 2009, is a French film with English subtitles and stars Josiane Balasko, Garance Le Guillermic, and Togo Igawa. Film screening: 4:30pm.

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    The Casual Vacancy

    May 31, 2016

    The Casual Vacancy
    by J.K. Rowling
    -- film screening part 1, Tuesday, May 24, 5pm - 7pm
    -- film screening part 2, Tuesday, May 31, 5pm - 6pm
    -- book discussion, 6:30pm

    Pagford is a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. But behind the pretty facade is a town at war: rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils. When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town is left in shock and the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. The book was made into a 3–hour miniseries by the BBC and HBO in 2015. Film screening in two parts: May 24, 5pm-7pm, and May 31, 5pm-6pm.

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    Wrinkles

    June 28, 2016

    Wrinkles
    by Paco Roca
    -- film screening, 5pm
    -- book discussion, 6:30pm

    Admitted to a home for the elderly, Alzheimer’s patient Ernest soon finds community life a trying ordeal. But when he accepts his new environment, he finds the human community is like a library with books piled in mountains of yellowing dreams and fantasies; where life is covered in wrinkles, and where the most intense emotions survive.

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    Never Let Me Go

    July 26, 2016

    Never Let Me Go
    by Kazuo Ishiguro
    -- film screening, 4pm
    -- book discussion, 6:30pm

    Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it. Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it’s only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is. The 2010 film adaptation starring Kiera Knightley, brings this dystopian novel to life.

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    The Martian

    August 30, 2016

    The Martian
    by Andy Weir
    -- film screening, 4pm
    -- book discussion, 6:30pm

    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. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. The 2015 film stars Matt Damon.

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    A Walk in the Woods

    September 27, 2016

    A Walk in the Woods
    by Bill Bryson
    -- film screening, 4pm
    -- book discussion, 6:30pm

    Bryson shares his breathtaking adventures and the fascinating history of the 2,100–mile Appalachian Trail, as he travels slowly on foot with a childhood friend. The two endure eccentric characters, a blizzard, getting lost, and rude yuppies along the way. The film, released in 2015, stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte.

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    In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

    October 25, 2016

    In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
    by Nathaniel Philbrick
    -- film screening, 4pm
    -- book discussion, 6:30pm

    In 1819, the 238–ton Essex set sail from Nantucket on a routine voyage to hunt whales. Fifteen months later the Essex was rammed and sunk by an enraged sperm whale. Fearing cannibals on the islands to the west, the 20–man crew set out in three small boats for South America, almost 3,000 miles away. Three months later, only eight were left alive. This book shares a fantastic saga of survival and adventure, steeped in the lore of the whaling tradition, with deep resonance in literature and American history, and in the life of the Nantucket community. The feature film stars Chris Hemsworth and Cillian Murphy.

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    Brooklyn

    November 29, 2016

    Brooklyn
    by Colm Toibin
    -- film screening, 4pm
    -- book discussion, 6:30pm

    In Ireland in the early 1950s, Eilis Lacey is one of many who cannot find work at home. Thus when a job is offered in America, it is clear to everyone that she must go. Leaving behind her family and country, Eilis heads for unfamiliar Brooklyn, and to a crowded boarding house where the landlady’s intense scrutiny and the small jealousies of her fellow residents only deepen her isolation. Slowly, the pain of parting is buried beneath the rhythms of her new life, and finally, she begins to realize that she has found a sort of happiness. As she falls in love, news comes from home that forces her back to Enniscorthy—not to the constrictions of her old life, but to new possibilities which conflict deeply with the life she has left behind in Brooklyn. The 2015 film stars Saoirse Ronan.

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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 Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Saturday, September 10, 3pm

It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington's eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man's personal quest.

Copies of this book are available in regular print, large print, book on CD, and downloadable e-book and audiobook formats. Request a copy here.

  • Sequim Book Selection List
  • The Year of the Dog

    January 9, 2016

    The Year of the Dog
    by Grace Lin
    It's the Chinese year of the dog! When Pacy's mom tells her that this is a good year for friends, family, and "finding herself," Pacy begins searching right away. As the year goes on, she struggles to find her talent, deals with disappointment, makes a new best friend, and discovers just why the year of the dog is a lucky one for her after all.

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    The Fault In Our Stars

    February 13, 2016

    The Fault In Our Stars
    by John Green
    Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at a cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life.

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    Sophie's Choice

    March 12, 2016

    Sophie's Choice
    by William Styron
    Three friends, Stingo, a 22-year-old writer; Sophie, a survivor of the Nazi camps; and Nathan, her mercurial lover, share magical, heart-warming times until doom overtakes them as Sophie's and Nathan's darkest secrets are revealed.

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    Before I Go To Sleep

    April 9, 2016

    Before I Go To Sleep
    by S.J. Watson
    Christine wakes each morning unaware of who she is and unable to recognize the stranger in her bed. Prompted by her doctor, Christine writes a journal about her life and reads it each morning. And as fragments of her memory return, she uncovers the shocking reality of what triggered her condition.

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    The Devil In the White City

    May 14, 2016

    The Devil In the White City
    by Erik Larson
    Investigative reporter Erik Larson unearths the lost history of the 1893 World's Fair and of a madman who grimly parodied the fair's achievements. The "White City" was a magical creation constructed upon Chicago's swampy Jackson Park by a roster of architectural stars, including Daniel H. Burnham, Frederick Olmstead, and Louis Sullivan. Drawing 27 million visitors in six months, the fair gathered the era's brightest intellectual lights and launched innovations like Juicy Fruit gum, Cracker Jacks, and the Ferris wheel. Nearby, Dr. Henry Holmes built "the World's Fair Hotel," a torture palace to which he lured 27 victims, mostly young women. While the fair ushered in a new epoch in American history, Holmes marked the emergence of the serial killer, who thrived on the forces transforming the country.

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    Sometimes A Great Notion

    June 11, 2016

    Sometimes A Great Notion
    by Ken Kesey
    Oregon's Stamper family does what it can to survive a bitter strike dividing their tiny logging community. And as tensions rise, delicate family bonds begin to fray and unravel.

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    Unbroken

    July 9, 2016

    Unbroken
    by Laura Hillenbrand
    On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared–Lt. Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; and suffering with hope, resolve, and humor.

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    Dracula

    August 13, 2016 at 1:30pm

    Dracula
    by Bram Stoker
    Chills race up and down young solicitor Jonathan Harker's spine as he enters the eerie castle of a Transylvanian count. His host, Count Dracula, is a curious creature that becomes enamored with the photograph of Harker's fiancee, Mina. Dracula decides he must find the enchanting Mina and have her as his own. He boards a boat and makes the long journey to find Mina as the ship's crew mysteriously disappears one by one. Van Helsing, called to care for Mina's friend Lucy, senses there is something different about Dracula. Mina is drawn to Dracula's seduction and tries to fight this overwhelming power. But can she?

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    The Boys in the Boat

    September 10, 2016

    The Boys in the Boat
    by Daniel James Brown
    It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington's eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man's personal quest.

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    A Thousand Acres

    October 8, 2016

    A Thousand Acres
    by Jane Smiley
    Dark truths and long-suppressed emotions come to the surface in 1979 when a successful Iowa farmer decides to cut one of his daughters out of his will.

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    The Hunger Games

    November 12, 2016

    The Hunger Games
    by Suzanne Collins
    In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, 16 year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

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    All the Light We Cannot See

    December 10, 2016

    All the Light We Cannot See
    by Anthony Doerr
    A stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

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