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"There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work, and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs." ~ Henry Ward Beecher

 

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The Literary Café book discussion group will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 6th and Saturday, November 3rd.  Hope to see you then!

The Birds

Book Discussion:  The Birds, by Daphne du Maurier

Thursday, October 25th at 6:30

“The Birds,” one of Daphne du Maurier's most chilling short stories, is in the collection The Apple Tree. The shock lies in the idea of birds as destroyers. People usually associate birds with things like freedom and beauty and music. However, in this story, du Maurier drew on her own experience with vicious seagulls.  Note: The library will be showing the movie, The Birds, by Alfred Hitchcock, on Friday, October 26th.

 

 

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.

hueRe-scheduled to Thursday, October 4, at 6:30 p.m.

Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden

The first battle book from Mark Bowden since his #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down, Hue 1968 is the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the American War in Vietnam.

In the early hours of January 31, 1968, the North Vietnamese launched over one hundred attacks across South Vietnam in what would become known as the Tet Offensive. The lynchpin of Tet was the capture of Hue, Vietnam's intellectual and cultural capital, by 10,000 National Liberation Front troops who descended from hidden camps and surged across the city of 140,000. Within hours the entire city was in their hands save for two small military outposts. American commanders refused to believe the size and scope of the Front's presence, ordering small companies of marines against thousands of entrenched enemy troops. After several futile and deadly days, Lieutenant Colonel Ernie Cheatham would finally come up with a strategy to retake the city, block by block and building by building, in some of the most intense urban combat since World War II.

With unprecedented access to war archives in the U.S. and Vietnam and interviews with participants from both sides, Bowden narrates each stage of this crucial battle through multiple viewpoints. Played out over 24 days and ultimately costing 10,000 lives, the Battle of Hue was by far the bloodiest of the entire war. When it ended, the American debate was never again about winning, only about how to leave. Hue 1968 is a gripping and moving account of this pivotal moment.

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Bev's Book Beat

September, October, November

"Autumn’s crisp weather requires cozy socks, a warm drink, and a good book!"

I love this time of year, the time of “the year’s last loveliest smile,” with cheerful mums, with hydrangea darkening to a rosy hue, and the sweet scents of the apple orchard and pumpkin patch. Yes, I love to live in a world of Septembers and Octobers!

Along with the weather changes, it’s a good time to think about starting a book series. This is the time of year I look for a new one to take me through the fall and winter. While I’ve shared a few of my favorites over the years, here are a few that I’ve read. They might be a little less known but worth enjoying in this cooler, mellower season:

Wallander Series by Henning Mankell
All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
The Spellman Books by Lisa Lutz
Morland Dynasty by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning
Molly Murphy Series by Rhys Bowen
Rachel Knight Series by Marcia Clark
Charlie Parker Series by John Connelly
Tracy Crosswhite Series by Robert Dugoni
Longmire Series by Craig Johnson
Cork O’Connor Series by William Kent Krueger
The Kent Family Chronicles by John Jakes
Ladies of Covington Book Series by Joan Medlicott

The series listed are a mix of historical, fantasy, western, sci-fi, mystery, thriller…In this variety of choices, I hope one grabs your attention. Also, check out Keep a Look-Out For, you’ll find a few more series that might be for you.

Enjoy the autumn sunshine, the delicious scents, the brisk fresh air, the warm pies from the oven – and fall into a good book!   Happy Reading!

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