Nebraska Bookworms

Stacks and Bookworms

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!

 

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

 

Library of Congress

Reading Room of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

 

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

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) 

June 6

THE METAPMORPHOSIS by Franz Kafka   60 pp   First published in 1915. It has been cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is studied in colleges and universities across the Western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, waking to find himself transformed (metamorphosed) into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. The cause of Samsa's transformation is never revealed, and Kafka himself never gave an explanation. The rest of Kafka's novella deals with Gregor's attempts to adjust to his new condition as he deals with being burdensome to his parents and sister, who are repulsed by the horrible, verminous creature Gregor has become. ($5.99 Amazon prime)

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THE RADIUM GIRLS: THE DARK STORY OF AMERICA'S SHINING WOMAN by Kate Moore  In the early twentieth century one of the best jobs young girls and women in America could have involved something exciting and brand new: radium. Sparkling, glowing, and beautiful, radium was also, according to the companies that employed these young women, completely harmless.  This books tells the story of these young women, seemingly so fortunate, who were poisoned by the jobs they felt so lucky to have. ($3.00)