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History Lovers' Book Club

Do you like reading about history, or well-written and researched historical fiction? How about joining us to discuss ancient Rome, or the French Revolution, English Kings, Russian culture ... with other history lovers! If you are interested in learning more about the past or are already a passionate student of history, you are welcome to join us.

failureThursday, August 8, at 6:30 p.m.

Failure Is Not an Option:
Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond
 
by Gene Kranz

This memoir of a veteran NASA flight director tells riveting stories from the early days of the Mercury program through Apollo 11 (the moon landing) and Apollo 13, for both of which Kranz was flight director.

Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America’s manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA’s Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race. He helped to launch Alan Shepard and John Glenn, then assumed the flight director’s role in the Gemini program, which he guided to fruition. With his teammates, he accepted the challenge to carry out President John F. Kennedy’s commitment to land a man on the Moon before the end of the 1960s.

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Bev's Book Beat

June, July, August

Ah summer! Those lazy, hazy, crazy (longer) days where you kick back and take life a wee bit more slowly are the days to grab a book and chill down at the end of the day.

I’m one of those (few) people who isn’t crazy about summer: the heat, humidity, insects, and allergies. It’s not that I don’t like it, it just doesn’t seem to agree with me. With all those complaints though, there is a bright side… it gives me more time to read.

I love when one of my favorite authors comes out with a new book. I’m looking forward to John Le Carre’s Honourable Schoolboy, Daniel Silva’s New Girl, Adrian McKinty's The Chain, Louise Penny’s A Better Man, Colson Whitehead’s Nickel Boys…just a few on my list of summer reads. I hope when you look at the list of books coming out this summer, one of your favorite authors is there. There are, of course, more books being published than what are on the list, so if you don’t see your author, that doesn’t mean that he or she is not publishing a book this summer.

While this can be the busiest time of year, give yourself time to read. A little something to think about: Reading for just 6 minutes can reduce stress levels by 68%. Authors you should check out:

  Lauren Willig
  Alan Furst
  James Elroy
  Charles McCarry
  Rosalind Laker
  Alafair Burke
  Alan Eskins
  Matthew Quirk
  Joseph Kanon
  Richard North Patterson
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