Lunch & a Book

The library's lunchtime book discussion group started in September 1998. Books include works of fiction and nonfiction, classics and contemporary novels. We meet on the second Thursday of the month from Noon to 1:00 PM. The December meeting is used to share favorite titles and make suggestions for the coming year.

Lunch and a Book, Thursday, August 12, 2021

Join us for a live virtual program on Thursday, August 12, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. via Zoom video conference as Lunch and a Book discusses:

Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon's CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that social security comes up short, often underwater on mortgages, these invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads: migrant laborers who call themselves "workampers." In a secondhand vehicle she christens "Van Halen," Jessica Bruder hits the road to get to know her subjects more intimately. Accompanying her irrepressible protagonist, Linda May, and others, from campground toilet cleaning to warehouse product scanning to desert reunions, then moving on to the dangerous work of beet harvesting, Bruder tells a compelling, eye-opening tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy--one that foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us. At the same time, she celebrates the exceptional resilience and creativity of these quintessential Americans who have given up ordinary rootedness to survive. Like Linda May, who dreams of finding land on which to build her own sustainable "Earthship" home, they have not given up hope.

These books are immediately available on Hoopla in e-books format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available. 

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to the discussion. To help make the most of your virtual program experience, we have compiled some tips and resources.

Registration Required

Upcoming sessions

Thursday, August 12 - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Online Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-first Century by Jessica Bruder Register

Lunch and a Book, Thursday, July 8, 2021

Join us for a live virtual program on Thursday, July 8, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. via Zoom video conference as Lunch and a Book discusses:

Also available in: e-book

A young interfaith chaplain is joined on her hospital rounds one night by an unusual companion: a rough-and-tumble dog who may or may not be a ghost. As she tends to the souls of her patients-young and old, living last moments or navigating fundamentally altered lives-their stories provide unexpected healing for her own heartbreak. Balancing wonder and mystery with pragmatism and humor, Ellen Cooney (A Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances) returns to Coffee House Press with a generous, intelligent novel that grants the most challenging moments of the human experience a shimmer of light and magical possibility.

These books are immediately available on Hoopla in e-books format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available. 

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to the discussion. To help make the most of your virtual program experience, we have compiled some tips and resources.

Registration Required

 

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Lunch and a Book, Thursday, June 10, 2021

Join us for a live virtual program on Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. via Zoom video conference as Lunch and a Book discusses:

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez
Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook

A literature professor tries to rediscover who she is after the sudden death of her husband, even as a series of family and political jolts force her to ask what we owe those in crisis in our families, biological or otherwise.

These books are immediately available on Hoopla in e-books format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available. 

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to the discussion. To help make the most of your virtual program experience, we have compiled some tips and resources.

Registration Required

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Lunch and a Book, Thursday, May 13, 2021

Join us for a live virtual program on Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. via Zoom video conference as Lunch and a Book discusses:

Also available in: e-book

From beloved, award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil comes a debut work of nonfiction-a collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us. As a child, Nezhukumatathil called many places home: the grounds of a Kansas mental institution, where her Filipina mother was a doctor; the open skies and tall mountains of Arizona, where she hiked with her Indian father; and the chillier climes of western New York and Ohio. But no matter where she was transplanted-no matter how awkward the fit or forbidding the landscape-she was able to turn to our world's fierce and funny creatures for guidance. "What the peacock can do," she tells us, "is remind you of a home you will run away from and run back to all your life." The axolotl teaches us to smile, even in the face of unkindness; the touch-me-not plant shows us how to shake off unwanted advances; the narwhal demonstrates how to survive in hostile environments. Even in the strange and the unlovely, Nezhukumatathil finds beauty and kinship. For it is this way with wonder: it requires that we are curious enough to look past the distractions in order to fully appreciate the world's gifts. Warm, lyrical, and gorgeously illustrated by Fumi Nakamura, World of Wonders is a book of sustenance and joy.

These books are immediately available on Hoopla in e-books format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available. 

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to the discussion. To help make the most of your virtual program experience, we have compiled some tips and resources.

Registration Required

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Lunch and a Book, Thursday, April 8, 2021

Join us for a live virtual program on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. via Zoom video conference as Lunch and a Book discusses:

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Kawaguchi, Toshikazu, 1971- author
Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook

 

If you could go back, who would you want to meet? In a small back alley of Tokyo, there is a café that has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years. Local legend says that this shop offers something else besides coffee-the chance to travel back in time. Over the course of one summer, four customers visit the café in the hopes of making that journey. But time travel isn't so simple, and there are rules that must be followed. Most important, the trip can last only as long as it takes for the coffee to get cold. Heartwarming, wistful, mysterious and delightfully quirky, Toshikazu Kawaguchi's internationally bestselling novel explores the age-old question: What would you change if you could travel back in time?

These books are immediately available on Hoopla in e-books format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available. 

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to the discussion. To help make the most of your virtual program experience, we have compiled some tips and resources.

Registration Required

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Reader Wearing a Medical Mask - Photo by Mat Reding on Unsplash

 

 

 

During this pandemic year, some of our book club members found that they had extra time to do extra reading, while others found themselves suffering from a lack of focus. Some discovered new formats and found books to help them on new journeys, while others turned to old favorites. Regardless of the reading challenges of 2020, here are the recommendations from the Lunch and a Book Club of some of the best books they read this year.

 

 

Masked Reader - Photo by Mat Reding on Unsplash

Fiction

Lunch and a Book: Thursday, March 11, 2021

Join us for a live virtual program on Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. via Zoom video conference as Lunch and a Book discusses:

Also available in: e-audiobook

 

Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London-the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper Polly, Annie, Elisabeth, Catherine, and Mary Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden, and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffeehouses, lived on country estates; they breathed ink dust from printing presses and escaped human traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women. For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that "the Ripper" preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, but it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness, and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time-but their greatest misfortune was to be born women.

These books are immediately available on Hoopla in e-books format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available. 

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to the discussion. To help make the most of your virtual program experience, we have compiled some tips and resources.

Registration Required

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Lunch and a Book: Thursday, February 11, 2021

Join us for a live virtual program on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. via Zoom video conference as Lunch and a Book discusses:

The lying life of adults by Elena Ferrante
Also available in: e-book | e-audiobook | large print

 

Italian teenager Giovanna searches for a sense of identity and clear perspectives when she finds herself torn between the refinements and excesses of a divided Naples.

These books are immediately available on Hoopla in e-books format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available. 

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to the discussion. To help make the most of your virtual program experience, we have compiled some tips and resources.

Registration Required

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Lunch and a Book: January

Join us for a live virtual program on Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. via Zoom video conference as Lunch and a Book discusses:

March. Book 1 by 1940 February 21- John Lewis
Also available in: e-book

 

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

March. Book 2 by John Lewis
Also available in: e-book

After the success of the Nashville sit-in movement, John Lewis' commitment to change through nonviolence is stronger than ever - but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before. Faced with beatings, police brutality, imprisonment, arson, and even murder, the movement's young activists place their lives on the line while internal conflicts threaten to tear them apart. But their courage will attract the notice of powerful allies, from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy... and once Lewis is elected chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, this 23-year-old will be thrust into the national spotlight, becoming one of the "Big Six" leaders of the civil rights movement and a central figure in the landmark 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

March. Book 3 by 1940 February 21- John Lewis
Also available in: e-book

 

By Fall 1963, the Civil Rights Movement is an undeniable keystone of the national conversation, and as chair of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is right in the thick of it. With the stakes continuing to rise, white supremacists intensify their opposition through government obstruction and civilian terrorist attacks, a supportive president is assassinated, and African-Americans across the South are still blatantly prohibited from voting. To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative projects, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and a pitched battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television. But strategic disputes are deepening within the movement, even as 25-year-old John Lewis heads to Alabama to risk everything in a historic showdown that will shock the world.

These books are immediately available on Hoopla in e-books format.If you would like to reserve a print copy, you may stop in to pick one up or call 734-397-0999 and select option 4. Curbside pick up of materials is also available. 

Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to the discussion. To help make the most of your virtual program experience, we have compiled some tips and resources.

Registration Required

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

Lunch and a Book: December

Come join us for Lunch and a Book’s annual “Holiday Tea.” This year we will be meeting virtually to discuss our favorite book of the year. You can pick ANY title from 2020 that you read – fiction or nonfiction. Come prepared to talk for a minute or two and to listen to others talk about their favorite 2020 title! 

 

Registration Required. Registered participants will receive an email one day before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience, we have compiled some tips and resources.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

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