Adult

The Third-Thursday Book Discussion Group meets the third Thursday of each month. Join us for spirited discussions of novels and non-fiction titles each month at 7:00 pm in meeting room C-D at the library. Books are provided for each session. For further information, please contact Rosemary Mirsky at (248) 246-3715 or rosemary@ropl.org.


ARCADIA

February 15, 2018
Saving Arcadia: a story of conservation and community in the Great Lakes by Heather Shumaker. 2014. 333.916 S
An account of the 40-year history of townspeople trying to protect a magnificent sand dune on Lake Michigan. It details what communities face as they try to preserve land over time while also trying to protect economic livelihoods.

WONDER

March 15, 2018
The Wonder: a novel by Emma Donoghue. 2016.
The story of a London nurse who is sent to a small Irish village in the 1850s to watch over an 11-year-old girl who has not reportedly eaten in four months.  

TOOBIN

April 19, 201
American Heiress: the wild saga of the kidnapping, crimes and trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin. 2016. 322.42 T
Lawyer and legal analyst Toobin examines the 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst by the Symbionese Liberation Army and the case’s many related twists and turns during a turbulent time in California.

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. Join us for engaging book discussions of the titles below. Books are provided upon registration for each session. For further information, please contact librarian Matthew Day at (248) 246-3732 or matthew@ropl.org.

INVISIBLE

February 19, 2018
Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein BIO BERNSTEIN
Harry Bernstein grew up, in a small English mill town, was seemingly unremarkable except for the “invisible wall” that ran down its center, dividing Jewish families on one side from Christian families on the other. When Harry’s older sister, Lily, falls in love with Arthur, a Christian boy from across the street Harry must choose between the morals he’s been taught all his life, his loyalty to his selfless mother, and what he knows to be true in his own heart.

13TH

March 19, 2018
Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfeld FICTION S
Margaret, a young bookseller and amateur biographer, is chosen by Miss Winter as the recipient of the secret of her tragic past. She reveals, layer by layer, the mesmerizing tale of the Angelfield family that includes murder, insanity, feral twins, a ghost and a fire. Margaret's own past parallels Miss Winter's, leading them both through the blaze of memory to the truth.

TRANSFORMATION

April 16, 2018
The Great Transformation: the Beginnings of Our Religious Traditions by Karen Armstrong 200.9 A
In the ninth century BCE, events in four regions of the civilized world led to the rise of religious traditions that have endured to the present day—Confucianism and Daoism in China, Hinduism and Buddhism in India, monotheism in Israel, and philosophical rationalism in Greece. Armstrong, examines how these traditions began in response to the violence of their time and how these still enduring philosophies can help address our contemporary problems.