Book Group Cafe: New Book Discussion Kits

by KP

Welcome to the Book Group Cafe. Pull up a chair, grab a warm mug of your favorite tea or coffee and join us in a discussion of all things book group. Today we’re excited to unveil three new additions to our Book Discussion Kits!

Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space by Margot Lee Shetterly*

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as “Human Computers,” calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws, these “colored computers,” as they were known, used slide rules, adding machines, and pencil and paper to support America’s fledgling aeronautics industry, and helped write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

*Kit donated by the Coupeville “One Thing” Book Group

 The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Winner of the Hugo Award for best Novel, and nominated for the Nebula and World Fantasy awards: This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes — those who wield the power of the earth as a weapon — are feared far more than the long cold night. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back. She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

 

 

The Bosnia List: A Memoir of War, Exile, and Return by Kenan Trebincevic

At eleven, karate-loving Kenan lives peacefully with his family in Brcko, a sleepy Yugoslavian town. Kenan’s life is shattered when his favorite karate coach shows up at his home wielding an AK-47 and a deadly ultimatum: “You have one hour to leave or be killed!” Kenan’s crime: being Muslim at a time of brutal ethnic cleansing in Eastern Europe. Twenty years later, Kenan returns to his homeland to confront the people who betrayed his family, and discovers something more powerful than revenge.

Each book kit contains ten copies of a single title and can be checked out for any book group. If there’s a book you absolutely love as a book group pick and want to share with others, let us know in the comments! Book Discussion Kits can be sponsored for a $200 donation to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation. Contact SIL Foundation to donate.

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