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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

September, October November

Happy Fall! This is one of my favorite times of year, all two or three days of it! It does seem to get shorter every year. One of the nicest things about this time of year is that the days get shorter and cooler; time to curl up with a book. I offer a list of authors I feel you should be reading, and my reasons why.

Here are a few:
Chris Carter – a master of the psychological thriller! I’ve read his Robert Hunter, who makes up the Ultra-Violent Crimes division, with his partner, in the LAPD. That should give you a clue of what his thrillers are about. My advice when reading Carter, lock your doors and window, and keep the lights on.

Don Winslow – wrote the trilogy on the war on drugs. Winslow spent twenty years researching for his books. Art Keller, his main character, is a worn-down undercover operative who sees too much of the violence and destruction that comes from the drug trade. While Winslow writes these as fiction, use your own judgement. Graphic, gritty, dark, yet very informative about the war that endures.

Adrian McKinty – one of my favorite authors who is finally getting the credit he’s due! McKinty was born in Belfast, Ireland. He does a terrific job writing about the “Troubles” in Ireland. McKinty’s main character is Catholic policeman Sean Duffy who works in Northern Ireland. Two things that are not a good combination in Ireland during this time, Catholic and policeman. Again, violent and dark.

 

You all know James Patterson; give Richard North Patterson a try. This Patterson has written some books that focus on timely issues such as gun control, capital punishment, and the military, to mention a few. His books also “stand alone”; you don’t have to worry about reading in the middle of a series. Several of his books became mini-series, TV movies.

You can never go wrong with a Elizabeth Berg book. Some of Berg’s books have quirky characters who fit the story perfectly. Her interactions when she writes about families can sometimes jog a memory with the reader, sometimes bring tears. Berg’s books can usually be read in one or two days; they are definitely a book you look forward to picking up and reading.

Jennifer Haigh writes both novels and short stories, but I have not read her short stories. I read her novel Baker Towers first and I liked it a lot. I have enjoyed several others over the years. With her novels she considers her writing to be the “soul of place.” I can’t disagree; she does give you the town, the people who live there, and the effects when a change is coming.

Matthew Quirk, while not a new author, became a new one for me when I read his book Night Agent. It was a pleasant surprise, and very good. Come along with a young FBI agent trying to find and stop a Russian mole in the White House. There’s nothing like a good political thriller, and this one is a page turner.

Step outside your comfort zone; try a new or different author. What do you have to lose? Happy Reading!

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