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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 Winter/Spring 2014 Season

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
Tuesday, January 21st at 10:30am

Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan—the Burgess sibling who stayed behind—urgently calls them home. Her lonely teenage son, Zach, has gotten himself into a world of trouble, and Susan desperately needs their help. And so the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, where the long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever.

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
Tuesday, February 18th at 10:30am

Leo Gursky taps his radiator each evening to let his upstairs neighbor know he’s still alive. But it wasn’t always like this: in the Polish village of his youth, he fell in love and wrote a book. . . . Sixty years later and half a world away, fourteen-year-old Alma, who was named after a character in that book, undertakes an adventure to find her namesake and save her family. With virtuosic skill and soaring imaginative power, Nicole Krauss gradually draws these stories together toward a climax of “extraordinary depth and beauty”

The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillan
Tuesday, March 18th at 10:30am

READING TOGETHER SELECTION! When award-winning (and working-class) journalist Tracie McMillan saw foodies swooning over $9 organic tomatoes, she couldn’t help but wonder: What about the rest of us? Why do working Americans eat the way we do? And what can we do to change it? To find out, McMillan went undercover in three jobs that feed America, living and eating off her wages in each. Reporting from California fields, a Walmart produce aisle outside of Detroit, and the kitchen of a New York City Applebee’s, McMillan goes beyond the food on her plate to explore the national priorities that put it there.

The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Tuesday, April 15th at 10:30am

An exquisitely told story transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota, a boy on the cusp of manhood seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family. Riveting and suspenseful, arguably the most accessible novel to date from the creator of Love Medicine, The Beet Queen, and The Bingo Palace, Erdrich’s The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction—at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.

Wild: From lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Tuesday, May 20th at 10:30am

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and to do it alone.


Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Annie’s Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

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