February Book Discussions

destiny jacketIn February, both books we’re discussing at the library are set in the late 19th century, but that’s the only thing they have in common.

The Tuesday Morning Group will discusss The Destiny of The Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President, by Candice Millard on Tuesday, February 19 at 10:00 a.m. in Group Study Room 2.

At only 260 pages in hardcover (301 pages in paperback), the reader quickly gets immersed in American history. James Garfield, the last president born in a log cabin, was a poor and brilliant young man who became a professor of classics, college president, a colonel in the Union Army, congressman, and an advocate for civil rights. He was at the Republican convention to nominate someone else, and became an unlikely candidate for president. Four months after his inauguration in 1881, he was shot in a train station, and died more than two months later. The impact of his presidency, life, and death was surprising. The reader learns about what really killed the president, and how Alexander Graham Bell was involved in his struggle. My earlier rnight circuseview is here.

The Tuesday Evening Group will discuss The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern on Tuesday, February  26 at 7:00 pm in the 2nd floor Mahlke Meeting Room.

The circus, with its black-and-white striped tents, arrives without warning, opens at sunset and closes at dawn, a circus of dreams. Enter the circus, to read about an ice garden, a magical clock, a bonfire of crimson, scarlet, and white, a fortune teller, and a cloud maze. Two young magicians, Celia and Marco, having designed some of the exhibits and entertainments, are engaged in a years-long duel in which they do not know the rules. Celia’s father and his archrival have educated and trained the young magicians for just this competition. The Night Circus is a fantasy, a historical novel, a love story, and a thriller. For more about the book, visit the author’s website.

The Crime Readers will be discussing Child 44, by Tom Rob Smith on Thursday, February 21 at  7:00 pm at Home Run Inn Pizza in Darien. This group is co-sponsored by the Indian Prairie Public Library.

Copies of the books are available now at the Reference Desk in the Adult/Young Department.


One thought on “February Book Discussions

  1. Night Circus is a wonderful book. it is a fantasy,love story and thriller combined in one creative story. Hope the Discussion Group enjoys it.

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