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The Plattsmouth Book Club loves books, and we invite you to join us in savoring them.

We meet the first Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. at the Plattsmouth Public Library, Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you've read the current selection or not.

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March 7
Books for Living: Some Thoughts on Reading, Reflecting, and Embracing Life by  Will Schwalbe
A love letter to reading and to readers. For Will Schwalbe, reading is a way to entertain himself but also but also to make sense of the world, to become a better person, and to find the answers to the big (and small) questions about how to live his life.  In each chapter, he discusses a particular book—what brought him to it (or vice versa), the people in his life he associates with it, and how it became a part of his understanding of himself in the world. Throughout, Schwalbe focuses on the way certain books can help us honor those we’ve loved and lost, and also figure out how to live each day more fully. Rich with stories and recommendations, Books for Living is a treasure for everyone who loves books and loves to hear the answer to the question: “What are you reading?

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The Book: A Cover-to-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of our Time by Keith Houston
Houston follows the development of writing, printing, the art of illustrations, and binding to show how we have moved from cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls to the hardcovers and paperbacks of today. Sure to delight book lovers of all stripes with its lush, full-color illustrations, The Book gives us the momentous and surprising history behind humanity’s most important―and universal―information technology (2016, 448 pp with 71 color illustrations).

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The Library Book by Susan Orlean
On April 29, 1986, the Central Library in downtown LA caught fire and burned. Nobody died, though 50 firefighters were injured and more than a million books were damaged. The fire didn’t attract much attention — maybe in part because that same week a nuclear reactor melted down in Chernobyl.  Described as “really two books,” --the first is about the fire itself — which Orlean eventually reveals was likely the result not of arson but an accident.  The second is a trick for luring the reader into a subject into he never imagined: the history and present life of the Los Angeles Central Library. The author wandering around a library building, watching and listening to the people inside it.  (2018, 317 pp hardcover)

 

Please send title suggestions to Susanne or Carol.

Please check our revised listing of upcoming selections for future reads. Don't forget to send your suggestions to the webmaster to add to our list.

Looking Ahead

April 4
Upcoming Books Review + readers'roundtable: most vivid reading experience

May 2

KWAIDAN (“WEIRD TALES”). Originally published in 1904 by Lafcadio Hearn, also known as Koizumi Yakumo (1850-1904).  Born in Greece to a Greek mother and Irish father, following a very unsettled childhood in several countries, Hearn found himself in the US, and after a few more stops, Japan, which became his adopted country.  Hearn in his short life was a prolific writer as well as a translator.  He collected these simple Japanese tales “Stories and Studies of Strange Things” and published them shortly before his death. ($5.99 thrift books)

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UNCOMMON TYPE by Tom Hanks   A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. ($3.68) 

 


 

Quotations from Pessoa

Some, the prophets and saints who walk this vacuous world, are exploited by God himself.

...in the future…I’ll be living quietly in a house somewhere in the suburbs, enjoying a peaceful existence not writing the book I’m not writing now and, so as to continue not doing so, I will come up with different excuses for the ones I use now to avoid actually confronting myself. Or I’ll be interned in a poorhouse, content with my utter failure….

If you cannot live alone, then you were born a slave.

My life: a tragedy booed off the stage by the gods after only the first act.

Friends: none. Just a few acquaintances who think they get on with me and would perhaps be sorry if I got knocked down by a train or it rained on the day of the funeral.

When the last domino is played and the game is won or lost, all the pieces are turned over and the game ends in darkness.