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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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September 

Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith. This selection was shortlisted for the 2017 Royal Society Science Book Prize and has since been published in more than twenty languages. As a scuba-diving philosopher of science, he explores the wonder of cephalopods, smart and playful creatures who live outside the brain-body divide. By tracing the question of inner life back to its roots and comparing human beings with our most remarkable animal relatives, Australian Godfrey-Smith casts crucial new light on the octopus mind—and on our own.

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Lions of 5th Avenue by Fiona Davis. Novel about two women and their experiences with the New York City Public Library.

 

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

 

October 

The House of Medidi: Its RIse and Fall  by Christopher Hibbert.  Renaissance Florence had enormous wealth, power and influence funded by trade and banking. The often-bloody political scene was dominated by rich families, the most famous being the Medici. Hibbert begins in the early 1430s with the near-legendary Cosimo de Medici, then moves through their golden era as patrons of some of the most remarkable artists and architects of the Renaissance, to the era of the Medici Popes and Grand Dukes, Florence's slide into decay and bankruptcy, and the end, in 1737, of the Medici line. Many familiar names and events appear, but in a new way.

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Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Strangers meet at Hill House in Georgia, which is rumored to be haunted.

 

November 

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. Over 80 years ago, this 23-year old’s first novel was published. The title comes from the poem “The Lonely Hunter" by the Scottish poet William Sharp-- “Deep in the heart of Summer, sweet is life to me still, But my heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill.” It was the first of her works giving voice to those who are rejected, forgotten, mistreated, or oppressed. Set in a small Southern town in the 30’s, McCullers introduces a cast of characters, all fighting isolation in their own ways. From Columbus, Georgia, McCullers, a promising pianist, enrolled in Julliard but could not afford the tuition; instead, she studied writing at Columbia which led to this literary sensation, followed by numerous others in her relatively short life. This work has remained recommended reading through the ensuing decades.

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Plane crash with boys left to develop their own social system.