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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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June 2 —Mystery Month, book and movie
Brother Cadfael Chronicles (any of 20) by Ellis Peters. These short books all feature Cadfael who, returning from the Medieval Crusades and world travel, enters the Shrewsbury Benedictine monastery. He pairs a worldly wisdom and an extensive herbalist knowledge to help solve mysteries, even murder. The English Ms. Peters, actually Edith Pargeter who at times wrote as a male, authored many works, especially historical and historical fiction. Cadfael was personified on TV by Derek Jacobi. / Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchetts lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. Without a shred of doubt, one of his fellow passengers is the murderer.


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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

 

July 7
Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov. Chekhov was a Russian playwright and short story writer considered to be among the greatest of short fiction. His career as a playwright produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Chekhov is often referred to in the birth of early modernism in the theater. Chekhov practiced as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and literature is my mistress.”  Read any or all of this collection (496 pp in this paperback) or anything by or about him. / Reader's CHoice, any book written about the 33 Chilean minters trapped underground for two months. Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar is in the library. When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days. After the disaster, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Héctor Tobar received exclusive access to the miners and their tales, and in Deep, Down Dark he brings them to haunting, visceral life. We learn what it was like to be imprisoned inside a mountain, understand the horror of being slowly consumed by hunger, and experience the awe of working in such a place — one filled with danger and that often felt alive.

August 4
The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams by Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski. C. S. Lewis is the 20th century's most widely read Christian writer and J.R.R. Tolkien its most beloved mythmaker. For three decades, they and their closest associates formed a literary club known as the Inklings, which met every week in Lewis's Oxford rooms and in nearby pubs. They discussed literature, religion, and ideas; read aloud from works in progress; took philosophical rambles in woods and fields; gave one another companionship and criticism; and, in the process, rewrote the cultural history of modern times.  / An American Memory by Eric Larsen (not our familiar Erik Larson). A novel about three generations of a Midwestern family is a powerful and quietly moving narrative revealed in exquisitely rendered fragments. Young Malcolm's childhood takes place on the Reiner family farm in Minnesota where his grandparents, descended from Norwegian pioneer stock, settled, and, like dust, are still settling as Malcolm sifts the evidence of his family's past. Central to this sensitive narrator's search is his father's implicit disapproval; Malcolm is awed by this restless and silently angry man who dominates a room even when asleep. Malcolm must find connections with his family by rummaging through a trunk of relics in the attic, and he comes to know its various members' life stories by observation and deduction, as one might study an overgrown landscape for clues of hidden rocks formations.

 

 

Mensa Word Play Masters Invitational 2018

Rules: Alter a word from the dictionary by adding, subtracting, or substituting one letter, then provide a definition for the new word. Following are some 2018 submissions.

"Commatose: One who is obvlivious to the need of a pauser mark." -Vali Jamal

"Calmity: Serenely moving towards total disaster." - Tom Lloyd

"Expoliate: To clear out Parliament." - Lyndsey Cattermole

"Blister: Someone chafing to be on the A-List." - Doug Langmead

"Blaboratory: The place where speech therapists work." - Edward Brode

"Tweewt: Message from an ambitextrous palindromist." - Doug Langmead

"Minimum Wrage: The threshold hourly rate of employment where the worker is always on the edge of going postal." -Glenn Heath

"Leotard: A dumb lion." - Bob Haig

"Mosquinto: An insect with below average eyesight." - Jody Hanson

"Meanderthal: A wayward driver from the low end of the evolutionary scale, cruising to extinction." - Brian Horton

"Tspunami: A long, high, and cataclysmic wave of water caused by the washing of an eating utensil under a faucet." - Glenn Heath

"Problemattic: troublesome room at the top of the house." - Ridley O