The Wednesday Evening Book Discussion Group reads both fiction and nonfiction titles, and is currently meeting virtually at 6:30pm on the fourth Wednesday of every month on Zoom. This group will meet on the third Wednesdays of November and December due to holidays. All are welcome to join the conversation!

The upcoming book selections will be available for pick up any time after the current month’s discussion, during service hours at the Port Angeles Main Library, on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies of the titles are also available in various formats through the catalog links below.

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

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The Sympathizer

Current Book Selection

May 26 at 6:30pm
Zoom Meeting – Register Here

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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Wednesday Evening 2021 Book Selection List
A Gentleman in Moscow

January 27 at 6:30pm – Register Here
A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

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Belonging: A German Reckon With Home and History

February 24 at 6:30pm – Register Here
Belonging
by Nora Krug

A revelatory, visually-stunning graphic memoir by award-winning artist Nora Krug, tells the story of her attempt to confront the hidden truths of her family’s wartime past in Nazi Germany and to comprehend the forces that have shaped her life, her generation, and history.

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

March 24 at 6:30pm – Register Here
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
by Kim Michele Richardson

Inspired by the true and historical blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek showcases a bold and unique story about the Kentucky Blue people and Packhorse Librarians. It’s a tale of fierce strength and one woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhere– even back home.

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Braiding Sweetgrass

April 28 at 6:30pm – Register Here
Braiding Sweetgrass
by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. In a rich braid of reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.

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The Sympathizer

May 26 at 6:30pm – Register Here
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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The Nickel Boys

June 23 at 6:30pm – Register Here
The Nickel Boys
by Colson Whitehead

When Elwood Curtis, a black boy growing up in 1960s Tallahassee, is unfairly sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, he finds himself trapped in a grotesque chamber of horrors. Elwood’s only salvation is his friendship with fellow “delinquent” Turner, which deepens despite Turner’s conviction that Elwood is hopelessly naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. As life at the Academy becomes ever more perilous, the tension between Elwood’s ideals and Turner’s skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades.

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The Island of Sea Women

July 28 at 6:30pm – Register Here
The Island of Sea Women
by Lisa See

Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends who come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility—but also danger.

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The Story of More

August 25 at 6:30pm – Register Here
The Story of More
by Hope Jahren

Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist, a brilliant writer, a passionate teacher, and one of the seven billion people with whom we share this earth. In concise, highly readable chapters, she takes us through the science behind key inventions—from electric power to large-scale farming to automobiles. At once an explainer on the mechanisms of global change and a lively personal narrative given to us in Jahren’s inimitable voice.

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The Fifth Season

September 22 at 6:30pm – Register Here
The Fifth Season
by N.K. Jemisin

This is the way the world ends…for the last time. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

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America: The Farewell Tour

October 27 at 6:30pm – Register Here
America: The Farewell Tour
by Chris Hedges

Is America in a state of irrevocable decline? In this provocative and disturbing examination of our country, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges argues that the United States shows unmistakable signs of a dying culture. Hedges argues that neither political party, now captured by corporate power, will address our systemic problem. Until our corporate coup d’état is reversed, our problems will grow and ravage the country. A poignant cry reported from communities across the country, from Atlantic City to San Francisco, it seeks to jolt us out of our complacency while there is still time to take action.

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The Painter

November 17 at 6:30pm – Register Here
(third Wednesday due to holiday)
The Painter
by Peter Heller

After having shot a man in a Santa Fe bar, the famous artist Jim Stegner served his time and has since struggled to manage the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. Now he lives a quiet life… until the day that he comes across a hunting guide beating a small horse, and a brutal act of new violence rips his quiet life right open. Pursued by men dead set on retribution, Jim is left with no choice but to return to New Mexico and the high-profile life he left behind, where he’ll reckon with past deeds and the dark shadows in his own heart.

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The Warmth of Other Suns

December 15 at 6:30pm – Register Here
(third Wednesday due to holiday)
The Warmth of Other Suns
by Isabel Wilkerson

In this epic, beautifully-written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. She interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

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NOLS Book Discussion Groups are generously supported by a donation made in memory of Sally Albiso, and local Friends of the Library groups.