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The most arresting parts of this section were the scenes about the bombings in London. I found those to be the most revealing about each character.
I didn’t have any knowledge of the struggles that Jamaican immigrants had in England, so I was saddened to read about the discrimination and hatred that Gilbert faced.
Small Island follows four main characters: Hortense and Gilbert, WWII-era immigrants from Jamaica, and Bernard and Queenie, their married British landlords.
I hope you enjoyed the book this month! I loved learning more about Dayton’s history, and I now feel inspired to visit some of Dayton’s historical spots.
Can you believe that they were able to achieve such a great historical achievement with so little money—and without borrowing any money?
Not only is this a great book about some local heroes, but it’s also The Big Read book for our area.
This book is an in-depth look at the lives of Orville and Wilbur Wright. It’s full of historical facts about Dayton, the beginnings of flight, and life during the turn of the century.
I think the saddest thing about the end of this book is that Chris was ready to emerge from the wild but was unable to escape due to the raging river that surrounded him.
I’m sure, after you have read over half of the book, you can see that this story is very appealing for those who aspire to live a simpler life.
I really enjoy reading Krakauer’s writing because it is so detailed, but it doesn’t feel dry or scholarly. I think this story just flies by.
This month’s book is the true account of Chris McCandless, a man who journeyed into the wilds of Alaska alone and then was found dead four months later.
The Guardian places this book as number thirteen on its list of the 100 Greatest Books. Do you agree? What classic books would you place higher on the list?
I think I can just confirm my thoughts from last week and confidently say that Heathcliff is the worst. He is so mean and cruel.
In the first eleven chapters, I found myself flip-flopping on my opinion of Heathcliff. At first, I felt sorry for him because Hindley was so mean to him. But then he turns into a monster, and I really didn’t like him at all.
Heathcliff is an orphan who is adopted by Catherine’s family. Heathcliff and Catherine eventually fall in love, but their love is never fulfilled.
Did you know that A Christmas Carol was not Charles Dickens’s only Christmas story? Apparently, he was quite the prolific Christmas story writer.
I hope you’re enjoying A Christmas Carol! There are some parts that are a little different from the movie, aren’t there?
Mr. Scrooge is a miserable old man. But one cold Christmas Eve, Scrooge receives some unusual visitors who show him just how very mistaken he’s been…
As you can imagine, this book and movie garnered some controversy. The ending is incredibly sobering, so I hope that you were able to get through it all.
I feel like the birthday dinner scene was a turning point in the story. It shows how Lou and Will are growing closer, and that maybe they have deeper feelings for each other than they originally let on.
When she loses her beloved job at a bakery, Louisa struggles to find a job and really just stumbles into the job with Will. At first, he seems to be impossible to be around.
When Louisa Clark loses her job, she becomes a caretaker for Will, who is a quadriplegic. The pair get off to a rocky start, but soon learn to get along.
This last section was incredibly disturbing. Were you able to make it through until the very end, or was the book too hard to get through?
As The Receiver, Jonas is responsible for having all of the memories of the whole world transferred to him from The Giver. Would you like to receive other people’s memories, or is it enough to just have your own?
Whenever I read about the kind of scenes like the selection process in Jonas’ society, I immediately think about myself and how I would be placed. Did you try to imagine what kind of job you would like to have?
This month we’re reading The Giver, a dystopian novel in which a young boy named Jonas realizes that his perfect society is not as perfect as it seems.
The end of this month’s book deals with the production of the film version. I was interested to see all of the work that goes on before a movie can even begin filming.
This week, I thought we could watch a few video clips that show Eugene Allen talking about his life working under eight different presidents.
All of the anecdotes about Eugene Allen show him to be a generous, kind, and hardworking man. However, one story in particular really stuck with me.
This month, we’re reading about the life of Eugene Allen. Allen worked with eight different presidents as he served as a butler in the White House for thirty-four years.
This week, let’s talk about the ending of the book and the documentary about Harper Lee you can find at your local library or stream online.
If you’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird, you might have noticed that the characters in Go Set a Watchman are really different.
Before we can talk about the plot or characters, I think we need to talk about the controversy surrounding the publication of this book.
This month, we’re reading the previously unpublished first draft of Harper Lee’s beloved classic, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Old Yeller continues to entrench himself in the lives of the Coates family. Would you be as brave as Travis and his dog?
I can’t stop thinking about my own dog as I read. Does your pet’s life look anything like Old Yeller’s life?
This month, we’re reading an account of hilarious author Bill Bryson’s journey on the Appalachian Trail.
The action really gets going! Now that you’re more than halfway through the book, what do you think?
The beginning of this book is a doozy, isn’t it? We dive into our discussion of the classic horror novel this week.
It’s our final week discussing this year’s Big Read book. Were you satisfied with the ending of Vivian and Molly’s stories?
After stealing a library book, foster teen Molly must perform community service. The story of the orphan train brings her closer to 91-year-old Vivian.
During community service, teen Molly bonds with 91-year-old Vivian as the woman tells the story of riding the orphan train. Join us for the 2016 Big Read!
Read along as Julia seeks out Sarah in the present day. Their lives are entwined, but will they ever meet?
Sarah is determined to return to Paris. This week, she learns the truth about what happened to her brother.
The lives of a modern American reporter and a little girl from WWII-era Paris intersect across time. Join us as we begin this month’s book!
Anthony grows up with his adoptive family, but still has questions about his birth mother. Join us to find out what happens next in this true story!
This week, unmarried mother Philomena is forced to give up her son for adoption. How will she find him again?
Join us to read the true story of a young Irish girl who was forced to give up her baby, and the journalist who helped her find her son 50 years later.
Join us to read the story of a brave little mouse. It’s a great book to share with your whole family!
Would you want to be friends with someone who could deduce everything about you like Sherlock Holmes can?
How does the Sherlock Holmes of this story stack up against Robert Downey, Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch’s versions of the character?
Busy with holiday preparations? You still have time to read the classic Sherlock Holmes short story “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” with us this month!
We’re reading the story of a notorious trio of brothers running moonshine liquor during Prohibition years. Check out the book and join us!
We’re reading Matt Bondurant’s The Wettest County in the World this November. Join us to read along or watch the movie version.
As we continue reading, some mysteries are explained, and others are just beginning. Join us to share your thoughts!
This week, the Greene County Public Library Online Book Club discusses the beginning of The Silver Linings Playbook. Join us!
A new book for a new month! This October, we’re reading The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick.
Did you enjoy reading The King’s Speech? Share your thoughts with the other members of the Greene County Public Library Online Book Club!
This week, the Greene County Public Library Online Book Club looks at the history behind The King’s Speech.
This week, the Greene County Public Library Online Book Club discusses the first five chapters of The King’s Speech. Join us!
Welcome to the Greene County Public Library Online Book Club! This September, we’re reading The King’s Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi.
Looking for a book discussion group that fits your schedule? Try the new Greene County Public Library Online Book Club!