Wednesday Book Club for Men …and anyone else who wants to come
The Wednesday Book Club for Men focuses on nonfiction with an emphasis on history and biography but also enjoys classic and contemporary fiction. The group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2 pm and welcomes new members of any gender.
BOOK CLUB MEETINGS HAVE MOVED TO THURSDAYS AT 2 PM THROUGH SEPTEMBER. THEY WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE LIBRARY GROUNDS AND IN THE CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER MAY TAKE PLACE ONLINE.
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Thursday, August 20, 2020
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee
Growing up in Alabama during the 1930s, six-year-old Scout Finch leads a fairly charmed life. Her dad, Atticus, is a kind single parent and a well-regarded attorney. Her older brother, Jem, and their lively, offbeat neighbor Dill are her best friends, and together they explore their sleepy hometown of Maycomb. But Scout’s innocence is short-lived when a young African American man is unjustly accused of raping a white woman. Atticus defends him to the best of his ability as Maycomb’s searing and deep-rooted prejudices boil over. Published in 1960 the book was instantly successful and has become a classic of modern American literature, winning the Pulitzer Prize. Please reserve a copy for porch pick up https://www.yorktownlibrary.org/pickup/ OR download using Libby or Hoopla. https://www.yorktownlibrary.org/digital-help-guides/
Thursday, September 17, 2020
ON DESPERATE GROUND by Hampton Sides
Hampton Sides brings the “forgotten war” to the forefront of the reader’s mind in the same narrative fashion as his earlier book, Ghost Soldiers. He takes the reader through the lives of a small group of Marines who are heavily outnumbered by not only the Koreans, but Mao’s Chinese troops as well. This is a fantastic tale of military bravery from a war that should be anything but forgotten. Copies of the book will be available for pick up August 20 through August 27.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
GENGHIS KHAN AND THE MAKING OF THE MODERN WORLD by Jack Weatherford
The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in twenty-five years than the Romans did in four hundred. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization. Vastly more progressive than his European or Asian counterparts, Genghis Khan abolished torture, granted universal religious freedom, and smashed feudal systems of aristocratic privilege. From the story of his rise through the tribal culture to the explosion of civilization that the Mongol Empire unleashed, this brilliant work of revisionist history is nothing less than the epic story of how the modern world was made.
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
THE PIONEERS: the heroic story of the settlers who brought the American ideal west by David McCullough
Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David McCullough rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story—the settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would come to define our country. Drawn in great part from a rare and all-but-unknown collection of diaries and letters, The Pioneers is a uniquely American story of people whose ambition and courage led them to remarkable accomplishments.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
UNBROKEN: a World War II airman’s story of survival, resilience, and redemption by Laura Hillenbrand.
Unbroken is the story of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic track star who as a World War II airman survived a plane crash in the Pacific theater. He spent 47 days drifting on a raft, and then survived more than two and a half years as a prisoner of war in three brutal Japanese prisoner-of-war camps. Named Time Magazine Best Nonfiction Book of 2010 the year in 2010 it has been described as an extraordinary and compelling tale of perseverance.