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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.

Come join us!

 

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During this difficult time, we suspend our scheduled plans. Stay safe, stay calm, and stay reading. Watch for posted updates regularly.

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First Month Back


HAM, EGGS, CORNCAKE by Erastus F. Beadle 130 pp Beadle, born in 1821, left his home in Buffalo, New York, and set out for the territories Specifically, Beadle had a stake in a Land Company, which proposed to build the community of Saratoga just north of Omaha for incoming prospective settlers. In diary pages and letters home, Beadle noted his impressions—the details, anecdotes, and characters that filled his days. Failing to make his fortune, in 1858 he returned to New York, where he prospered as publisher of the popular Beadle's Dime Novels.  ($2.99 Amazon)

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DIMESTORE by Lee Smith Set deep in the mountains of Virginia, the Grundy of Lee Smith’s youth was a place of coal miners, tent revivals, mountain music, drive-in theaters, and her daddy’s dimestore.  Dimestore’s fifteen essays are crushingly honest, wise and perceptive, and superbly entertaining. Together, they create an inspiring story of the birth of a writer and a poignant look at a way of life that has all but vanished. ($3.99)

 

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

Second Month Back

One Selection supplemented by additional stories, poems, recipes, remembrances of our members

THE NIGHT OF CHRISTMAS EVE by Nikolai Gogol 60pp Russian classic, originally published 1832, by the author of Dead Souls.   A short story about a young man trying to win the affections of a beautiful girl by promising to fetch her the slippers of the Tsaritsa. ($3.90 Amazon) 

Third Month Back

January 2
Books we gave, got, wished we got for Christmas

 

February 6 
KIM by Rudyard Kipling 240 pp   Prize-winning author Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) set his final and most famous novel in the complex, mystery-shrouded India of the mid-19th century where an exotic landscape teems with natives living under British colonial rule.  ($.91 Amazon)

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THE GIVER OF STARS by Jojo Moyes A team of women deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library and become known as the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.  These heroic women refuse to be cowed by men or by convention.  They’re committed to their job: bringing books to people who have never had any, arming them with facts that will change their lives. ($1.99)   

 

 


 

A History of the American Thanksgiving Day*

Societies worldwide and throughout time have created harvest festivals. That link shows some of the more well known, but the Celts, the Norse, Maori, Incas, and other western hemisphere indigenous groups all devoted special times to acknowledge the end of harvest season. The Anishinaabe Gathering of Wild Rice is a tradition maintained still today. Wild rice was the maize equivalent in a very small area, and might be more prevalent yet if not for the need to gather by hand.

Thanking God for a bountiful harvest in America had its roots centuries earlier than the Pilgrims and Plimouth Colonie. The first settlers continued the traditions from England, and each geographic area adopted its own unique dates and practices as time passed and different populations settled.

Not until the midst of America's Civil War did Presidant Abraham Linclon issue a proclamation that all America might give thanks together on the last Thursday in November. The proclamation was not met with universal acceptance, particularly in the South. Now, however, our annual holiday is celebrated as a fest of family and gluttony even by those above any mention of deity. For those not too cool for thanking God, some timely thoughts.

*Without apologies for failing to bash the Pilgrims


In Dark Times

The Burning of the Leaves” is a powerful and moving poem written in 1942 by Laurence Binyon at one of the lowest moments of World War II.  It’s about loss, not only of summer, but a way of life, a world order grown corrupt and now facing the test of fire.  The poem ends:

“They perish not, though they be broken; continuing streams,
The same in the cloud and the glory, the night and the light."

Epictetus offers inspiring short quotations.

Thanksgiving in literature quiz.

Tom Swifties provide mindless but entertaining chuckles.

The Rivals, by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. The play featuring Mrs. Malaprop.