Friends members and others who are interested in reading and discussing books are meeting, except as noted, in the Community Room at the Library on the second Tuesday of each month, 5:30 to 7:00pm. Discussion centers around the monthly selection and other books we have enjoyed. Upcoming books are as follows:

Tuesday, November 13 @ 5:30pm
Picture of Eric Dregni
Any book
 by Eric Dregni
From the author’s Concordia University St. Paul biographical page:”Eric Dregni is an associate professor of English and Journalism at CSP and oversees the student newspaper, The Sword. He has taught Intro to Lit, College Writing, Review Writing, Column Writing, Memoir, Travel Writing, and is in charge of internships in the English Department. Occasionally, he’ll teach an Italian class and lead a student trip to Italy. In the summer, he is dean of the Italian Concordia Language Village, Lago del Bosco, in Hackensack, Minnesota. Dregni’s written 16 books including Follies of Science: 20th Century Visions of our Fantastic Future, Weird Minnesota, Midwest Marvels, The Scooter Bible, Ads That Put America on Wheels, and Let’s Go Bowling! As a Fulbright fellow to Norway, he wrote about the “Norwegian Dream” in In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream. Dregni worked in Italy for five years as a travel journalist for a weekly paper and compiled his essays into a book in Italian, which was later translated into English as Never Trust a Thin Cook: and Other Lessons from Italy’s Culinary Capital from the U of M Press. His most recent book is Vikings in the Attic: In Search of the Nordic America.”
Tuesday, December 11 @ 5:30pm
Picture of book cover for The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir
The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir
 by Jennifer Ryan
Publisher’s Weekly Review: “In 1940, at a time when women’s roles were still firmly rooted in home and hearth, the ladies of Chilbury, England, find themselves at the bleeding edge of progress as the ramifications of World War II begin to infiltrate their little town. The men of Chilbury head to battlefields, and the village choir becomes the first casualty of the war. When a female professor of music insists the choir can be reassembled as a ladies’ choir, the small community is at first scandalized by such an idea. But this is soon lost to other more salacious events. There is the brigadier who hires an unscrupulous midwife to swap his baby girl for a boy, and his teenage daughter seduces a handsome artist who’s come to town under mysterious circumstances. An upstanding single woman (a widow whose only son has gone to fight) is tapped to take a colonel into her home, and a 10-year-old Czech evacuee finds out what happened to her family. As the war advances on Chilbury, even more lives are changed when a German bomb kills a young mother as well as the choir mistress, young men are sent off to war, and spies and black market profiteers lurk in the quiet lanes. Told in the form of diaries and letters in the voices of the female characters, Ryan’s novel, reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, captures the experience of the war from a woman’s perspective. Readers may have come across this kind of story before, but the letter/diary format works well and the plot elements satisfyingly come together.”

Except as noted, annotations are supplied from the SELCO catalog

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