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Northern Plains Book Club

Enjoy good books and a spirited exchange of ideas at the monthly Northern Plains Book Club. Meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Interested newcomers are always welcome. Attendance at every discussion is not expected, but the intent to participate is encouraged. Call the Library for more information or just come to the next meeting and join the lively discussion.

October 2019

New York Times Bestseller

Longlisted for The National Book Award 

"A necessary read." —President Barack Obama

"This is a powerful book by one of America's great writers. . . . Without sentimentality, in as intense and finely crafted a book as you'll ever read, Whitehead tells a story of American history that won’t allow you to see the country in the same way again." —Toronto Star

"Colson Whitehead continues to make a classic American genre his own. . . . The narration is disciplined and the sentences plain and sturdy, oars cutting into water. Every chapter hits its marks. . . . Whitehead comports himself with gravity and care, the steward of painful, suppressed histories; his choices on the page can feel as much ethical as aesthetic. The ordinary language, the clear pane of his prose, lets the stories speak for themselves. . . . Whitehead has written novels of horror and apocalypse; nothing touches the grimness of the real stories he conveys here" —The New York Times

   

personal and super universal in that it chisels to the core of how complicated and wonderful mother-daughter relationships are." - Los Angeles Magazine

"The very concept of this book--Hopkins' day-by-day breakdown of what Bateman should do when she's gone--immediately made me emotional, but the book itself is surprisingly hopeful, and a reminder that there's life again even after unimaginable loss." - Shondaland "New Books You'll Want to Read This April"

"A true collaboration . . . Readers may expect that this mother-daughter exercise is heartfelt but will probably be surprised by how thorough it is in its thoughtful treatment of how to handle one's own life and death in addition to the loss of a loved one." - Booklist

"The advice is always warm and often wise, accompanied by illustrations that often reflect a playfulness reminiscent of Roz Chast. This isn't a morbid book, nor a particularly dark one, but a book about facing the inevitable with grace and good humor." - Kirkus

"Full of the kind of counsel that will have readers longing to call their own mother, the book additionally features recipes that, while lacking in precision, exemplify Hopkins's charming, loving voice." - Library Journal

   
Disconnected Book Club
This Book Club's members are book lovers and avid readers, but not "meeting-goers"!  The members recommend books they have enjoyed to other members and read books recommended by other members.  There are no regular meetings, but members have been spotted discussing books! 

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