Join us for Reading on the Rock as we discuss contemporary fiction. Each title offers unique and interesting story lines that are sure to keep the conversation going. Feel free to come to one or all of the hour-long discussions – and bring a friend!
No registration necessary.
All discussions take place in the Public Meeting Room, located on the library's lower level. Grab a cup of coffee at the Ground Floor coffee shop and join the conversation!
by Lily King
Thursday, January 28 | 6:30 p.m.
English anthropologist Andrew Banson has been alone in the field for years. Haunted by the memory of his brothers’ deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when he encounters the famous and controversial American anthropologist Nell Stone and her Australian husband, Fen. Nell and Fen are hungry for a new discovery. When Bankson finds them a new tribe nearby, the artistic, female-dominated Tam, he ignites an intellectual and romantic firestorm between the three of them that burns out of anyone’s control.
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
by Erik Larson
Thursday, February 25 | 6:30 p.m.
On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small--hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more--all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.
by Neal Schusterman
Thursday, March 24 | 6:30 p.m.
Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. Caden Bosch is designated the ship’s artist in residence to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Caden Bosch is torn.
Then We Came to the End
by Joshua Ferris
Thursday, April 28 | 6:30 p.m.
A wickedly funny, big-hearted novel about life in the office, the characters cope with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, secret romance, elaborate pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks.
By day they compete for the best office furniture left behind and try to make sense of the mysterious pro-bono ad
campaign that is their only remaining “work.”
Elizabeth Is Missing
by Emma Healy
Thursday, May 26 | 6:30 p.m.
One woman will stop at nothing to find her missing best friend. Despite Maud’s growing anxiety about Elizabeth’s welfare, no one takes her concerns seriously -- because Maud suffers from dementia. But even as her memory disintegrates and she becomes increasingly dependent on the trail of handwritten notes she leaves for herself in her pockets and around her house, Maud cannot forget her best friend. Armed with only an overwhelming feeling that Elizabeth needs her help, Maud resolves to discover the truth--no matter what it takes.
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Thursday, June 23 | 6:30 p.m.
A story of love and race centered around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. As
teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship and they both leave the country. Ifemelu flees to America for study. Obinze had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in. Years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu is a successful writer in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion--for their homeland and for each other, they will face the toughest decisions of their lives.
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