Book Discussion Series
We offer two monthly discussion series: Our Book Discussions and our Cookbook Club. Information about each discussion series is below. You can register and pick up a copy of the books or audiobooks at the Reader’s Advisory Desk. Some titles are available for download. (It is not necessary to read the book to attend the discussion.)
The Dinner by Herman Koch
Wednesday, February 19 / 6:00 p.m.
Sandra Zagarell, discussion leader
A dark, controversial tale of two families struggling to make the most difficult decision of their lives over one dinner in Amsterdam. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son, and they are united by a brutal act. (available for download)
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and An American Family in Hitler’s Berlin
by Eric Larson
Monday, March 17 / 6:00 p.m.
Dennis McMullen & David Swaldo, discussion leaders
A vivid, true portrait of Berlin during the early reign of Hitler told by two different people: William Dodd and his daughter, Martha. (available for download)
DISCUSSION AND AUTHOR VISIT
The River of No Return by Bee Ridgway
Saturday, April 12 / 2:00 p.m.
Bee Ridgway, discussion leader
Oberlin College graduate Bee Ridway’s debut novel is about a man and woman who travel through time in a quest to bring down a secret society.
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan
Monday, May 19 / 6:00 p.m.
John Montag, discussion leader
A fascinating, controversial, and meticulously researched book that challenges many assumptions we have of the historical Jesus. (available for download)
Participants can pick a recipe from the chosen cookbook(s) to bring and share. A discussion will follow the tasting. Please bring a copy of the recipe you choose. Stop by the Reader’s Advisory Desk to pick up a copy of the books.
Topic: Irish Cooking
Monday, March 3 / 6:30 p.m.
Cathy Steffenhagen, discussion leader
Topic: Baking Cookbooks
Monday, April 7 / 6:30 p.m.
Jean Gardner, discussion leader
Topic: Curry Recipes
Monday, May 12 / 6:30 p.m.
Ron Davidson, discussion leader