October brings the Big Read and the General Book Club will be reading and discussing this year's selection A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. Join us for lively discussion on Monday, October 13, 7:00-8:00pm.
Originally published in 1968, Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea marks the first of the six now beloved Earthsea titles. Ged was the greatest sorcerer in Earthsea, but in his youth he was the reckless Sparrowhawk. In his hunger for power and knowledge, he tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tumultuous tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death's threshold to restore the balance.
Free copies of the book are available at any Big Read event. For more information contact Teresa Iversen at 815-756-9568, x270 or email@example.com.
Join the General Book Club on Monday, November 10, at 7:00 pm when we discuss a work of nonfiction, Jenniemae & James: a Memoir in Black & White by Brooke Newman.
James Newman was a brilliant mathematician, the man who introduced the mathematical concept "googol" and "googolplex" (aka "google" and "googleplex") to the world, and a friend of Einstein's. He was also a notorious philanderer with an insatiable appetite for women and fast cars, a man who challenged intellectual and emotional limits. Jenniemae Harrington was an uneducated, illiterate African American maid from Alabama who began working for the Newman family in 1948-and who, despite her devout Christianity, played the illegal, underground lottery called "policy," which she won with astonishing frequency. Though highly implausible, these two dissimilar individuals developed a deep and loyal friendship, largely because of their common love of numbers and their quick wits. It is this extraordinary relationship that the Newmans' daughter, Brooke, reveals in Jenniemae & James, as she elegantly weaves together the story of two very distinct and different people who each had a significant impact on her upbringing.
Copies of the book will be available the evening of October 13, following the General Book Club discussion. For more information contact Teresa Iversen at 815-756-9568, x270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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