Wednesday, September 24, 2014

October 2014

The October selection is Playing with the Enemy by Gary W. Moore.  It's a true story about Gary's father, Gene.  Gary was unaware of his father's talent in baseball until just before his death.  After extensive research, he found his father's story to be compelling enough to write this book. From the author's website...

Headed for baseball stardom with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Gene’s destiny was interrupted by Pearl Harbor. After playing ball for the Navy in the Azores and North Africa, Gene and his team were sent to the States for a special—and top secret—mission: guarding German sailors captured from U-505. Unable to field a team, Gene convinced his commander to allow him to teach the enemy how to play baseball while he and his teammates waited for the war to end so they could be called up into the Major Leagues. But Gene’s future changed irrevocably in Louisiana. His life . . . and maybe our national pastime . . . was forever altered.

The October discussion will take place at the Eldridge branch library on the 27th at 6:30 p.m.  Books are available now for pick up in Eldridge. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sept 2014

Our September fiction selection is Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.  Here's the book summary:

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse...
As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.
Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.

Discussion will take place on Monday September 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at the Eldridge branch library.