"When Charlie McDowell began sharing his open letters to his noisy upstairs neighbors--two impossibly ditzy female roommates in their mid-twenties--on Twitter, his feed quickly went viral. His followers multiplied and he got the attention of everyone from celebrities to production studios to major media outlets such as Time and Glamour. Now Dear girls breaks out of the 140-character limit as Charlie imagines what would happen if he put the wisdom of the girls to the test [in this work of fiction]"
With his bestselling All Over but the Shoutin', Rick Bragg gave us memorable stories of his own childhood. In Somebody Told Me, he offers the best of his work as a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist writing the remarkable stories of others.
For twenty years, Bragg has focused his efforts on the common man. So while some of these stories are about people whose names we know-such as Susan Smith, the South Carolina mother who drowned her two sons-most are people whose names we've never heard, people who have survived tornadoes and swamps, racism and bombs. In incisive, unadorned prose that is nonetheless strikingly beautiful, these pieces rise above journalism to become literature and show the triumph of the human spirit.
Book vs. Movie -- YOU decide! Join us for a brown-bag lunch the first Monday of each month to watch great films and discuss the groundbreaking books from which they were inspired. In even-numbered months (August, October, December, etc.) we will watch the movie, in odd numbered months (September, November, January, etc.) we will discuss both the book on its own, and the great "Book vs. Movie" debate. We encourage you to read the book before the movie to reduce spoilers! Popcorn and sodas provided. Read more about Book vs. Movie: The Great Gatsby
In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all. Read more about YABC: Divergent
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. Read more about YABC: The Book Thief