The Second Saturday Book Discussion Group brings great fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary books to life, exploring those shared lives together. Join the Second Saturday Book Discussion Group every second Saturday of the month at 3pm on Zoom. All are welcome to join the conversation!

Paperback copies of the upcoming book selections will be available for pick up any time after the current month’s discussion, during service hours at the Sequim Branch Library on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies in other formats may also be available to request in the NOLS catalog.

Library staff and volunteers will moderate the discussion. Sign in via Zoom link to see other participants, or call in to join the meeting. No internet required to connect to the discussion by phone. Registration is required to receive Zoom login.

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The Home Place: memoirs of a colored man's love affair with nature book jacket

Current Book Selection

Saturday, September 12 at 3pm
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The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature
By J. Drew Lanham

From the fertile soils of love, land, identity, family, and race, emerges this memoir by ornithologist J. Drew Lanham. Edgefield County, South Carolina is a place “easy to pass by on the way somewhere else”, and has been home to generations of Lanhams, dating back to slavery, including Drew himself, who over the course of the 1970s, falls in love with the natural world around him.

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2nd Saturday 2020 Book Selection List

Do Not Say We Have Nothing book jacket

January 11 at 3pm
Do Not Say We Have Nothing
by Madeleine Thien

Master storyteller Madeleine Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations–those who lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution and their children, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square. At the center of this epic story are two young women, Marie and Ai-Ming. Through their relationship Marie strives to piece together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking answers in the fragile layers of their collective story. Her quest will unveil how their fathers along with the violin prodigy Zhuli, were forced to reimagine their artistic and private selves during China’s political campaigns and how their fates reverberate through the years with lasting consequences.

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The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: how to know what’s really real in a world increasingly full of fake book jacket

February 8 at 3pm
The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: How to Know What’s Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake
by Steven Novella

The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe is your map through the maze of modern life, a world overflowing with misinformation, bias, myths, deception, and flawed knowledge. Here the authors will explain the tenets of skeptical thinking and debunk some of the biggest scientific myths, fallacies, and conspiracy theories–from anti-vaccines to homeopathy, UFO sightings to N-rays.

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Convenience Store Woman book jacket

March 14 at 3pm
Convenience Store Woman
by Sayaka Murata

Keiko Furukura had always been considered a strange child, so when she takes on a job in a convenience store while at university, her parents are delighted for her. For her part, in the convenience store she finds a predictable world mandated by the store manual, which dictates how the workers should act and what they should say, and she copies her coworkers’ style of dress and speech patterns so that she can play the part of a normal person. However, eighteen years later, at age 36, she is still in the same job, has never had a boyfriend, and has only few friends. When a similarly alienated but cynical and bitter young man comes to work in the store, he will upset Keiko’s contented stasis–but will it be for the better?

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The Library Book book jacket

April 11 at 3pm
The Library Book
by Susan Orlean

Orlean chronicles the Los Angeles Public Library fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago.

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The Home Place: memoirs of a colored man's love affair with nature book jacket

May 9 at 3pm
The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair With Nature
by J. Drew Lanham

From the fertile soils of love, land, identity, family, and race emerges this memoir by ornithologist J. Drew Lanham. Edgefield County, South Carolina is a place “easy to pass by on the way somewhere else”, and has been home to generations of Lanhams, dating back to slavery, including Drew himself, who over the course of the 1970s, falls in love with the natural world around him.

Request a copy here

There There : a novel book jacket

June 13 at 3pm
There There
by Tommy Orange

A multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about violence and recovery, hope and loss, identity and power, dislocation and communion, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people.

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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow book jacket

July 11 at 3pm
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
by Yuval Noah Harari

Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges.

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The Library Book book jacket

August 8 at 3pm
Tangerine
by Christine Mangan

The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends–once inseparable roommates–haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy–always fearless and independent–helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice–she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.

Request a copy here

August 8 at 3pm – Register here
The Library Book
By Susan Orlean

Orlean chronicles the Los Angeles Public Library fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago.

Request a copy here

The Home Place: memoirs of a colored man's love affair with nature book jacket

September 12 at 3pm
Mozart’s Starling
by Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Explores the unlikely bond between the famous Austrian composer and his pet starling, providing an unexpected window into human-animal friendships, music, and the nature of creative inspiration.

Request a copy here

September 12 at 3pm – Register Here
The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature
By J. Drew Lanham

From the fertile soils of love, land, identity, family, and race, emerges this memoir by ornithologist J. Drew Lanham. Edgefield County, South Carolina is a place “easy to pass by on the way somewhere else”, and has been home to generations of Lanhams, dating back to slavery, including Drew himself, who over the course of the 1970s, falls in love with the natural world around him.

Request a copy here

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow book jacket

October 10 at 3pm
The Sympathizer
by Viet Thanh Nguyen

This Pulitzer Prize winning novel follows a Viet Cong agent as he spies on a South Vietnamese army general and his compatriots as they start a new life in 1975 Los Angeles.

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October 10 at 3pm – Register Here
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
By Yuval Noah Harari

Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains famine, plague, and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges.

Request a copy here

Tangerine book jacket

November 14 at 3pm
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, And A Mother’s Will To Survive
by Stephanie Land

While the gap between upper middle-class Americans and the working poor widens, grueling low-wage domestic and service work–primarily done by women–fuels the economic success of the wealthy. Stephanie Land worked for years as a maid, pulling long hours while struggling as a single mom to keep a roof over her daughter’s head. In Maid, she reveals the dark truth of what it takes to survive and thrive in today’s inequitable society.

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November 14 at 3pm – Register Here
Tangerine
By Christine Mangan

The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends–once inseparable roommates–haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy–always fearless and independent–helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice–she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.

Request a copy here

Mozart's Starling book jacket

December 12 at 3pm
Harry’s Trees
by Jon Cohen

Thirty-four-year-old Harry Crane works as an analyst for the US Forest Service. When his wife dies suddenly, he is unable to cope. Leaving his job and his old life behind, Harry makes his way to the remote woods of northeastern Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains– determined to lose himself. But fate intervenes in the form of a fiercely determined young girl named Oriana. She and her mother, Amanda, are struggling to pick up the pieces from their own tragedy– Amanda stoically holding it together while Oriana roams the forest searching for answers. And in Oriana’s magical, willful mind, she believes that Harry is the key to righting her world.

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December 12 at 3pm – Register Here
Mozart’s Starling
By Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Explores the unlikely bond between the famous Austrian composer and his pet starling, providing an unexpected window into human-animal friendships, music, and the nature of creative inspiration.

Request a copy here

This program is generously supported by the Friends of Sequim Library.