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Hart Book Club

The Hart Book Group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., and the first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m.

Books are available at the Circulation Desk for a week, one month before the discussion date. Ask for the 'Hart Book Group' selection at the Circulation Desk. See you there!

Book choices for 2018:

Tues., Jan. 2 - 7pm; Wed., Jan. 3 - 1 pm
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Meet Ove, a curmudgeon, with staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell." But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two talkative young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unexpected friendship.

Tues., Feb. 6 - 7pm; Wed., Feb. 7 - 1 pm
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor guiding patients toward a deeper understanding of death and illness, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. Just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. This memoir chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a na´ve medical student possessed by the question of what makes a virtuous and meaningful life, to a young neurosurgeon and finally, into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

Tues., Mar. 6 - 7pm; Wed., Mar. 7 - 1 pm
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
The story of Count Alexander Rostov. When in 1922 he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in a grand hotel. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room during of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Hart Book Club lists:

Book List from 2018

Book List from 2017

Book List from 2016

Book List from 2015

Book List from 2014

Book List from 2013

Book List from 2012

Wednesday Book Club for Men

...and anyone else who wants to come

Formed as an alternative to the larger Hart Book Club, the Book Club for Men moves the emphasis away from full length novels. It usually meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2 pm and welcomes new members of any gender.

December 20
Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle - Topanga Canyon is home to two couples on a collision course. Los Angeles liberals Delaney and Kyra Mossbacher lead an ordered sushi-and-recycling existence in a newly gated hilltop community. Mexican illegals Candido and America Rincon desperately cling to their vision of the American Dream as they fight off starvation in a makeshift camp deep in the ravine. And from the moment a freak accident brings Candido and Delaney into intimate contact, these four and their opposing worlds gradually intersect in what becomes a tragicomedy of error and misunderstanding. Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk from 11/15 to 11/22

January 17, 2018
American Sphinx:the Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph Ellis - After reading Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow many of us found there was more to Thomas Jefferson than we had learned in our history books. Ellis provides us with a thoughtful and respectful, but not worshipful, reassessment of the enduring meaning of Jefferson's life and work. Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk from 12/20 to 12/27

Not Your Mother's Book Club

Friday January 5, 2018, 10 a.m.
All the Stars in Heaven by Adriana Trigiani - In this spectacular saga as radiant, thrilling, and beguiling as Hollywood itself, Adriana Trigiani takes us back to Tinsel Town's golden age - an era as brutal as it was resplendent - and into the complex and glamorous world of a young actress hungry for fame and success. With meticulous, beautiful detail, Trigiani paints a rich, historical landscape of 1930s Los Angeles, where European and American artisans flocked to pursue the ultimate dream: to tell stories on the silver screen.

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