Join Sittrea in the Readings Gallery on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:00 for an OPEN Book Chat. Authors DO NOT attend. Bring a latte and enjoy! Everyone welcome.
Wednesday, June 10, 1:00pmIn boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon in 1943. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.
Wednesday, July 8, 1:00pmJean Paget, a young Englishwoman living in Malaya, is captured by the invading Japanese and forced on a brutal seven-month death march with dozens of other women and children. A few years after the war, Jean is back in England, the nightmare behind her. However, an unexpected inheritance inspires her to return to Malaya to give something back to the villagers who saved her life.
Wednesday, August 12, 1:00pmOn the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, and Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno. Egan narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire with unstoppable dramatic force. Equally dramatic is the larger story he tells of outsized president Teddy Roosevelt and his chief forester, Gifford Pinchot.
Wednesday, September 9, 1:00pmEuphoria is Lily King’s nationally bestselling breakout novel of three young, gifted anthropologists of the 1930’s caught in a passionate love triangle that threatens their bonds, their careers, and, ultimately, their lives. Inspired by events in the life of revolutionary anthropologist Margaret Mead, Euphoria is a tour de force.
Wednesday, October 14, 1:00pmBased on an actual historical event, One Thousand White Women tells the story, in diary and letter form, of a young woman in 1875 who travels to the American West to marry Little Wolf, the chief of the Cheyenne nation.
Wednesday, November 11, 1:00pmMeet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning a letter arrives from a woman he hasn’t heard from in twenty years. A novel of charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry introduces Rachel Joyce as a wise, and utterly irresistible, storyteller.
Wednesday, December 9, 1:00pmConfined to a nursing home and about to turn 100, Allan Karlsson, who has a larger-than-life back story as an explosives expert, climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on an unforgettable adventure involving thugs, a murderous elephant and a very friendly hot dog stand operator.
Wednesday, January 13, 1:00pmSobel presents the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest and of John Harrison's 40-year obsession with building the perfect timekeeper, known today as the chronometer.
Wednesday, February 10, 1:00pmFull of Ozeki’s signature humor and deeply engaged with the relationship between writer and reader, past and present, fact and fiction, quantum physics, history, and myth, A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive, beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.
Wednesday, March 9, 1:00pmHow a lone man's epic obsession led to one of America's greatest cultural treasures: Prize-winning writer Timothy Egan tells the riveting, cinematic story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history, and the driven, brilliant man who made them.Wednesday, April 13, 1:00pmNote: April is Voting Month! It is also our seven-year anniversary. Bring yourself, plenty of voting options, and celebrate seven years of Afternoon Book Chat!
Wednesday, May 11, 1:00pmThe Cider House Rules tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch: saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud's, ether addict and abortionist. This is also the story of Dr. Larch's favorite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted.
Wednesday, June 8, 1:00pmAcclaimed author Skloot brilliantly weaves together the story of Henrietta Lacks - a woman whose cells have been unwittingly used for scientific research since the 1950s - with the birth of bioethics, and the dark history of experimentation on African Americans.
Wednesday, July 13, 1:00pmThe passionate love story of stubborn Cathy and wild-as-the-wind Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights has been a favorite since its original publication in 1848.
Wednesday, August 10, 1:00pmIn a small Mississippi town, two men are torn apart by circumstance and reunited by tragedy, in this resonant novel from the award-winning author of the critically acclaimed Hell at the Breech.