Grafton Library Book Discussion Group

Grafton Library Book Discussion Group

Meets the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join the group. Come for good conversation and light refreshments!


*There will be no Grafton Library Book Discussion meeting in July

Image result for big tiny bookThursday, August 9, at 6:30 p.m.
The Big Tiny: A Do-it-yourself Memoir by Dee Williams
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Diagnosed with a heart condition at age forty-one, Williams was all too suddenly reminded that life is short, time is precious, and she wanted to be spending hers with the people and things she truly loved.  A new sense of clarity began to take hold: Just what was all this stuff for? Multiple extra rooms, a kitchen stocked with rarely used appliances,   were things that couldn’t compare with the financial freedom and the   ultimate luxury—time—that would come with downsizing.

 

  Thursday, September 13, at 6:30 p.m.
  Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
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Ghosts, literal and literary, haunt nearly every page of Sing, Unburied, Sing — a novel whose boundaries between the living and the dead shift constantly, like smoke or sand. Set on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi , the book’s Southern gothic aura recalls the dense, head-spinning prose of William Faulkner or Flannery O’Connor. But the voice is entirely Ward’s own.

 

  Thursday, October 11, at 6:30 p.m.
  Janesville: An American Story by Amy          Goldstein
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This is the story of what happens to an industrial town in the American heartland when its main factory shuts down—but it’s not the familiar tale. Most observers record the immediate shock of vanished jobs, but few stay around long enough to notice what happens next when a community with a can-do spirit tries to pick itself up. Goldstein takes the reader deep into the lives of autoworkers, educators, bankers, politicians, and job re-trainers to show why it’s so hard in the twenty-first century to recreate a healthy, prosperous working class.

 

Thursday, November 8, at 6:30 p.m.
The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
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Richard Rothstein argues with exacting precision and fascinating insight, how segregation in America—the incessant kind that continues to dog our major cities and has contributed to so much recent social strife—is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state, and federal levels.