Books Alive! Book Discussion

Our Library-sponsored group meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 2 pm. Books are available one month before meetings. All are welcome to attend!

Decemb100yearoldmaner 16 The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

After a long and eventful life Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home. Desperate to avoid his 100th birthday celebration, he escapes out his window to the bus station, and embarks on a wild and hilarious journey.

 

unbrokenJanuary 20     Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Lauren Hillenbrand

The author of Seabiscuit brings us the biography of  Louis Zamperini, an athlete at the 1936  Berlin Olympics and American airman.  After his bomber crashes in the Pacific during Word War II , he survives 47 days on a life raft, only to picked up by the Japanese and interned in the most brutal POW camps. Eventually repatriated and suffering PTSD, he goes on to heal and forgive his persecutors.

Cookbook Club

When we explore a cookbook, it’s potluck meets book discussion! Sign up at the Reference Desk, pick a tasty recipe from our enticing selection (we’ll keep track to avoid duplicates), and prepare it for the program. We’ll sample lots of good food, talk about what worked and what didn’t, and select future cookbooks.

mypariskitchenMy Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz Thursday, January 15, 6 pm

When we explore a cookbook, it’s potluck meets book discussion! Sign up at the Reference Desk, pick a tasty recipe from our enticing selection (we’ll keep track to avoid duplicates), and prepare it for the program. We’ll sample lots of good food, talk about what worked and what didn’t, and select future cookbooks. Dozens of elegant French and French-inspired recipes are featured in this winter’s book. Register in person by January 8.

 

Film Discussion Group

Fridays, 7 pm

Watch independent, foreign, and classic movies on our giant screen, followed by brief discussion

 

 Blue RuinNovember 28 Blue Ruin

In this brutal film, a man makes a misguided attempt to avenge the murder of his parents.

 

 

 

  wind risesDecember 12 The Wind Rises

This beautiful animated film (the famed director’s swan song) depicts the life of an aeronautical engineer who dreams of being a pilot.

 

 

 

 snowpiercerDecember 26  Snowpiercer

Revolution brews on a train circumnavigating post-apocalyptic Earth in this action-packed satire from the director of Film Discussion Group favorites The Host and Mother.

 

 

 

 thedogJanuary 9  The Dog

The life of the bank robber immortalized by Dog Day Afternoon is explored in this fascinating documentary

 

 

 

 losangelesplaysJanuary 23    Los Angeles Plays Itself

Hundreds of film clips are used to illustrate how depictions of the world’s most filmed city have evolved in this documentary that’s a must-see for movie lovers.

 

Local Discussion Groups

If you host a book discussion group, the Library is always happy to provide copies of books, background information about authors, and book suggestions for future discussion.