Book Discussions

Read Between the Lines

Book Discussion Group

Meets the second Monday of every Month at 7:00pm in the Library program room.  Books are available at the circulation desk. Please call in advance at (630) 231-1552 x4 to ensure that a copy is available.

     

 

 Curious Behavior      

April 14 2014

Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccuping, and Beyond by Robert R. Provine

This is a delectable presentation for all who love the territory between pop and hardcore science writing. For each of these odd functions, Provine dexterously combines wit, a fine way with words, and precise scientific context, to show us the evolutionary reason behind it. For example, emotional tears are not simply a signal of sadness. Evolutionarily, they must have served a purpose: they add "nuance and range" to our facial expressions, promoting the powers of "Homo sapiens as a social species."

 

 

 The Lady in Gold    

May 12, 2014

The Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Anne-Marie O'Connor

This is an extraordinary biography, not merely of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the subject of one of Gustav Klimt's most famous paintings, but also of the work itself. O'Connor manages to capture the cultural, historical, and political climate that gave birth to this painting. She describes the anti-Semitism that permeated early 20th-century Vienna and the role that Jews played in that society. Stolen by the Nazis during World War II and renamed The Lady in Gold (to avoid any hint that its subject was Jewish), the painting was at the center of an eight-year battle by Bloch-Bauer's niece Maria Altmann to regain her family's legacy.

 

 

 A Good American    

June 9, 2014

 A Good American by George Alex

It is 1904. When Frederick and Jette must flee her disapproving mother, where better to go than America? They find themselves, more by chance than by design, in the small town of Beatrice, Missouri. Not speaking a word of English, they embark on their new life together. A Good American is narrated by Frederick and Jette's grandson, James. Poignant, funny, and heartbreaking, it is a universal story about our search for home.