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, January 14, 2020 @ 5:30pm
Picture of book cover for The First Family DetailThe First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents by Ronald Kessler
From the publisher: “The First Family Detail will tell the story of what it is like to be a secret service agent assigned to the first family and what agents have seen from the presidencies of Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower through George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The revelations enlighten our understanding of the lives of first ladies ranging from Pat Nixon and Betty Ford to Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama-as well as presidents, vice presidents, presidential candidates, former presidents, and their children. The book will cover the entire sweep of the agency’s relationship with a president, from the moment a candidate announces a run for the oval office to his years out of office. Never before has protecting the president and his relatives been investigated with such breadth.”
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 5:30pm
Picture of book cover for Mrs. AmbassadorMrs. Ambassador: The Life and Politics of Eugenie Anderson by Mary Dupont
From the publisher: “Daughter. Sister. Wife. Mother. Diplomat. Eugenie Anderson of Red Wing, Minnesota, played many roles in a life that virtually spanned the twentieth century. She cherished her family but purposely sought a larger stage, one on which she could affect world events and contribute to a brighter future. Motivated by concern over the rise of communism, Anderson brought energy and eloquence to the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, becoming a friend and lifelong advisor to Hubert Humphrey. Anderson achieved historic diplomatic status when President Harry Truman appointed her the first woman ambassador for the United States with a post to Denmark in 1949. She went on to serve in Communist Bulgaria and at the United Nations. Tirelessly advocating for human rights, Anderson pushed against expectations set by society and the media and in the process demonstrated that diplomacy’s requisite skills–intelligence, poise, determination–are held by women and men alike.In Mrs. Ambassador, Eugenie Anderson’s granddaughter Mary Dupont explores a political life led with certainty about what Anderson stood for as a representative of the United States and a personal life led with just as much assurance. The result: an enticing narrative about a mid-twentieth-century politician who championed democratic ideals at home and around the world.”
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 5:30pm
Picture of book cover for The Tattooist of AuschwitzThe Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
From Library Journal: “Originally intended as a screenplay, this compelling debut is based on the life of Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew imprisoned for almost three years at Auschwitz-Birkenau, where he served as the tattooist marking prisoners. Soon after the 25-year-old arrives at Birkenau, he contracts typhus and is left for dead. Rescued by fellow inmates and Pepan, an older French man and tattooist, Lale learns Pepan’s trade, which, along with fluency in six languages, allows Lale privileges of a single room and extra food. His sole mission is to survive the unbelievable horrors, until he meets young Gita. Then he vows to marry her. Despite the bleakness and death surrounding them, Lale and Gita’s passionate love blooms in their precious moments alone. Readers will root for the two despite the many obstacles they face. VERDICT Historical fiction and memoir fans will be gripped by this unforgettable Holocaust story.”

Except as noted, annotations are supplied from the SELCO catalog

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