Adult

The Third-Thursday Book Discussion Group meets the third Thursday of each month, except in December, at 7:00 PM in Rooms C-D. The monthly book is provided to participants. No registration is required. For more information, contact Librarian Rosemary Mirsky at (248) 246-3715 or rosemary@ropl.org.


everything

August 17, 2017
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. 2014. FICTION N
Set in a small Ohio town in the 1970s, the novel explores the tensions within a mixed-race family whose members not only wrestle with the pressures of an interracial marriage at that time, but a mother who gave up medical school for motherhood.

once

September 21, 2017
Once in a Great City: a Detroit Story by David Maraniss. 2015. 977.434 M
Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Maraniss presents a snapshot of the people, politics and culture of a city at the height of its prosperity in the early 1960s. He also presents vignettes that foreshadow the city’s darker future.

claire

October 19, 2017 
Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat. 2013. FICTION D
Born in Haiti in 1969, Danticat writes novels and non-fiction. In this novel she explores interconnecting lives in a small seaside town where a young girl has gone missing.

rezlife

November 16, 2017
Rez Life: an Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life by David Treuer. 2012. 323.119 T
Treuer, an Ojibwa who grew up on the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota, combines historical research and personal memoir to detail the rise of Native American reservations and the evolution of Native and non-Native relations. Treuer’s first non-fiction work has been praised as a blend of the personal and political.

Group does not meet in December.

The Salter Center Group meets the third Monday of the month at 10:00 AM in the Senior Room of the Jack and Patti Salter Community Center, 1545 E. Lincoln. For more information, contact librarian Mary Ann DeKane at (248) 246-3714 or maryann@ropl.org.

serena

August 21, 2017
Serena by Ron Rash. FICTION R
Traveling to the mountains of 1929 North Carolina to forge a timber business with her new husband, Serena Pemberton champions her mastery of harsh natural and working conditions but turns murderous when she learns she cannot bear children.

horse

September 18, 2017
The Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts. 798.25 L
The dramatic odyssey of a horse called Snowman, saved from the slaughterhouse by a young Dutch farmer named Harry. Together, Harry and Snowman went on to become America’s show-jumping champions, winning first prize in Madison Square Garden. Set in the mid to late 1950s, this book captures the can-do spirit of a Cold War immigrant who believe – and triumphed.

factory

October 16, 2017
Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring,
Stayed Local – and Helped Save an American Town by Beth Macy. 338.768 M
Describes how the chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture fought for his more than 700 employees in a small Virginia town using legal maneuvers, factory efficiencies and his wits and determination in the wake of sales losses to cheap Asian furniture imports.

marched

November 20, 2017
They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace,
Vietnam and America, October 1967 by David Maraniss. 959.704 M
The epic story of Vietnam and the sixties is told through the events of a few tumultuous days in 1967, bringing that catastrophic time back to life while examining questions about the meaning of dissent and the official manipulation of the truth.

December 18, 2017
Title to be announced.