Book Discussions

League of Graphic Novel Readers: Black Hole


Tuesday, October 13, 6 pm, Comix Revolution, 606 Davis Street

The bizarre story of a plague infecting the teenagers of suburban Seattle, Black Hole explores high school alienation using horror and dark humor. Copies of Black Hole will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor and will be available for purchase at Comix Revolution. To register call 847-448-8620 or register online.  



Latin@ Literature Discussion Group: Women with Big Eyes / Mujeres de ojos grandes


Wednesday, October 14, 7-8:30 pm, 3rd Floor, Seminar Room, Main Library

A collection of mystical stories written by author Ángeles Mastretta, Women with Big Eyes tells with sly humor the experience of 39 women—specifically, aunts—who are linked by one common thread: their feminine intuitive powers. Originally conceived as a way of telling her daughter about her long line of powerful female ancestors, Mastretta's bestselling book delivers a series of remarkable and mesmerizing portraits of women from Mastrettas’ native Mexico.

Una colección de cuentos místicos escritos por la autora Ángeles Mastretta, Mujeres de Ojos Grandes, relata con humor astuto, la experiencìa de 39 mujeres—específicamente, tías—quien estan vinculadas por un hilo común: sus poderes intuitivos femeninos. Originalmente concebido como una manera de decirle a su hija sobre sus antepasados de mujeres ponderosas, Mastretta ofrece una serie de retratos hipnotizantes de mujeres que provienen de su nativo México.

Attendees have the option to read in English and/or Spanish. Discussions may also be in English and Spanish. Attendees do not have to be bilingual. Copies of Ángeles Mastretta's Women with Big Eyes / Mujeres de ojos grandes (bilingual ed.) will be held at the 2nd floor Readers Services Desk one month before the discussion. Call to register at (847) 448-8620! -- Also check out our Latin@ blog!


African American Literature Discussion: Medical Apartheid


Tuesday, October 20, 7 pm, Small Meeting Room, Main Library

From the era of slavery to the present day, the first full history of black America's shocking mistreatment as unwilling and unwitting experimental subjects at the hands of the medical establishment. New details about the government's notorious Tuskegee experiment are revealed, as are similar, less-well-known medical atrocities conducted by the government, the armed forces, prisons, and private institutions. The product of years of prodigious research into medical journals and experimental reports long undisturbed, Medical Apartheid reveals the hidden underbelly of scientific research and makes possible, for the first time, an understanding of the roots of the African American health deficit.

Copies of Medical Apartheid will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620.

For more information, including related  interviews, videos and other websites, see the AAL blog.


North Branch Book Group: Everything I Never Told You

titleThursday, October 22, 7 pm, North Branch (note change of date)

A profoundly moving story of family, history, and the meaning of home, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, exploring the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family, and uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

Copies of the book are available at North Branch. The branch opens for this discussion. All are welcome.


CAMS Book Group: The Book of Unknown Americans

titleMonday, October 26, 7 pm, Chicago Avenue/Main Street

On a cold, bewildering night, the Riveras, who have just left their happy lives in Mexico, are dropped off at a dilapidated apartment building on the western edge of Delaware. Arturo has given up his thriving construction company to labor in a dark, grimy indoor mushroom farm, while his wife, Alma, lonely and afraid, with no English and little money, worries incessantly about their beautiful 15-year-old daughter, Maribel. She has suffered a traumatic brain injury, and her parents have sacrificed everything to send her to a special school. Their building turns out to be a sanctuary for Central and Latin American immigrants, and as the Riveras’ dramatic tale unfolds, Henríquez brings their generous neighbors forward to tell the compelling stories of why and how they left Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, and Paraguay.


Copies of The Book of Unknown Americans will be held at the Chicago Avenue/Main Street location; stop by or call 847-905-0764.


Keepinitreal: The Skies Belong to Us

titleTuesday, October 27, 7 pm, Seminar Room, 3rd Floor, Main Library

In an America torn apart by the Vietnam War and the demise of '60s idealism, airplane hijackings were astonishingly routine. Over a five-year period starting in 1968, the desperate and disillusioned seized commercial jets nearly once a week, using guns, bombs, and jars of acid. Some hijackers wished to escape to foreign lands; others aimed to swap hostages for sacks of cash. Their criminal exploits mesmerized the country, never more so than when shattered Army veteran Roger Holder and mischievous party girl Cathy Kerkow managed to commandeer Western Airlines Flight 701 and flee across an ocean with a half-million dollars in ransom—a heist that remains the longest-distance hijacking in American history.

Copies of The Skies Belong to Us will be held at the Reader's Services desk on the 2nd floor; stop by or call 847-448-8620. Please check the Keepinitreal Blog for author interviews, fun facts, and interesting videos.


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