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Open For Discussion

“Open for Discussion” is a monthly drop-in book discussion. The group meets monthly from September -November and January-May on the third Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Our informal discussions last one hour with book related snacks. All are welcome.

Adult Book Discussion is open to all. No registration required. Meetings last one hour.
Questions? Call the Adult Information Desk at (269) 585-8739 or email us

Open for Discussion Fall 2014 Season

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
Tuesday, September 16th at 10:30am

When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior with hidden literary aspirations, travels to spend Christmas with her family, she meets Colonel Charles Lindbergh, fresh off his celebrated 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic. Enthralled by his assurance and fame, Anne is certain the aviator has scarcely noticed her, but Charles sees in Anne a kindred spirit, a fellow adventurer, and her world is changed forever. In the years that follow after their marriage, Anne becomes the first licensed female glider pilot in the U.S. But despite this and other major achievements, she is viewed merely as the aviator’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence, and to embrace, at last, life’s infinite possibilities for change and happiness.

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Tuesday, October 21st at 10:30am

Pi Patel, son of a zookeeper, has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a deep love of stories. When he is 16, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a cargo ship, along with their zoo animals. The ship sinks and Pi finds himself in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a Bengal tiger. The tiger dispatches all but Pi, whose fear, knowledge, and cunning allow him to coexist with Richard Parker for 227 days while lost at sea. When they finally reach the coast of Mexico, Richard Parker flees to the jungle, never to be seen again. The authorities interrogate Pi, refusing to believe his story and press him to tell them “the truth.” After hours of coercion, Pi tells a second, much less fantastical and more conventional story — but is it more true?

The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro
Tuesday, November 18th at 10:30am

Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—still the largest unsolved art theft in history—one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece—the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years—may itself be a forgery. The Art Forger is a thrilling novel about seeing—and not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.


Winter/Spring 2014

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Wild: From lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Fall 2013

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Annie’s Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

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