Booked for Lunch

Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Noon

"The Worst Hard Time" by Timothy Egan.

The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, going from sod homes to new framed houses to huddling in basements with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile effort to keep the dust out. Drawing on the voices of those who stayed and survived -- those who, now in their eighties and nineties, will soon carry their memories to the grave -- Egan tells a story of endurance and heroism against the backdrop of the Great Depression

The Booked for Lunch discussion group is facilitated by Library Director Karen Ball

Copies of the book are available at the Service Desk

Cookbook Book Club

Monday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m.

Cover of "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook" by Deb Perelman.

The blogger for Smitten Kitchen presents 100 recipes, from Mushroom Bourguignon and Pancetta to Buttered Popcorn Cookies and Chocolate Hazelnut Layer Cake, featuring adapted options for busy home cooks.

Copies will be available at the front desk or you can reserve the book here.

This book club is facilitated by Adult Services Librarian Tim Symington.


Evening Book Discussion

Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m.

"The Sweetness of Water" by Nathan Harris.

Brothers Prentiss and Landry, freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, seek refuge on the homestead of George Walker and his wife, Isabelle. The Walkers, wracked by the loss of their only son to the war, hire the brothers to work their farm, hoping through an unexpected friendship to stanch their grief. Parallel to their story runs a forbidden romance between two Confederate soldiers. The young men, recently returned from the war to the town of Old Ox, hold their trysts in the woods. But when their secret is discovered, the resulting chaos, including a murder, unleashes convulsive repercussions on the entire community

Request the book.

This monthly book discussion is facilitated by Assistant Director Mary Bell.


Classics Book Club

Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m.

Our book for January is "The Third Man" by Graham Greene.

Rollo Martins' usual line is the writing of cheap paperback Westerns under the name of Buck Dexter. But when his old friend Harry Lime invites him to Vienna, he jumps at the chance. With exactly five pounds in his pocket, he arrives only just in time to make it to his friend's funeral. The victim of an apparently banal street accident, the late Mr. Lime, it seems, had been the focus of a criminal investigation, suspected of nothing less than being "the worst racketeer who ever made a dirty living in this city." Martins is determined to clear his friend's name, and begins an investigation of his own.

Copies of the book will be available at the front desk.

The club's facilitator, Jessica Magill, can be reached at jessicammagill@hotmail.com.


American History Book Club

Monday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m.

"Mr. Adams's Last Crusade: John Quincy Adams's Extraordinary Post-Presidential Life in Congress" by Joseph Wheelan.

Chronicles the political achievements of John Quincy Adams in the years following his presidency, discussing his service in the House of Representatives, where he was a fierce critic of slavery and strong supporter of First Amendment rights.

Contact Tim Symington, 413-596-6141 X152, tsymington@wilbrahamlibrary.org