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Science Club Cafe - Part 2!

We are excited to announce the second part of our Rural Gateways Grant happening this fall.  If you recall we won this grant back in 2016 and held our first Adult Book STEM meetings in the spring of 2017.  We reviewed topics concerning Nature, connection, Survival and knowledge; reading titles that reflected these themes.  We enjoyed hearing from our Science partners from the community and are looking forward to renewing the relationships!

This time around we are doing two discussion groups this fall and another next spring (2020).  The first themes that we are going to focus on are:

  • Transformation
  • Tradition

The books that we have picked for these STEM Book Cafes are Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior and Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven.  I’m excited to have books that are fairly recent and have great reviews! They are not super long either! 

Let me provide a description of the two books below:

Flight Behavior (Transformation)  Meeting 9/25 at 5pm at the Library

Flight Behavior is a brilliant and suspenseful novel set in present day Appalachia; a breathtaking parable of catastrophe and denial that explores how the complexities we inevitably encounter in life lead us to believe in our particular chosen truths.  Kingsolver’s riveting story concerns a young wife and mother on a failing farm in rural Tennessee who experiences something she cannot explain and how her discovery energizes various competing factions – religious leaders, climate scientists, environmentalists politicians – trapping her in the venter of the conflict and ultimately opening up her world.  Flight Behavior is arguable Kingsolver’s most thrilling and accessible novel to date and like so many other of her acclaimed works, represents contemporary American fiction at its finest.

Station Eleven (Traditions)    Meeting 10/30 at 5pm at the Library

Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear.  That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.  Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians.  The call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive.  But when they arrive is ST. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence.  And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed.

If these sound interesting—Please stop by and pick up a copy!

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