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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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April 7
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford. The name Genghis Khan often conjures the image of a relentless, bloodthirsty barbarian on horseback leading a ruthless band of nomadic warriors in the looting of the civilized world. Another view is he was a visionary leader whose conquests joined backward Europe with the flourishing cultures of Asia to trigger a global awakening, an unprecedented explosion of technologies, trade, and ideas. Genghis Khan was an innovative leader, the first ruler in many conquered countries to put the power of law above his own power, encourage religious freedom, create public schools, grant diplomatic immunity, abolish torture, and institute free trade. / The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood. Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now.... Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing. The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire and dire warning.

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 5
Book of Ages — Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore. Benjamin Franklin and his youngest sister were so close they were called Benny and Jenny. Renowned, world-traveling brother and obscure, homebound sister exchanged loving, newsy, bantering letters for more than 60 years. Most of his were preserved, while three decades’ of hers disappeared. Differences in the siblings’ education, opportunities, and experiences, are a focus as is Jane herself. The most poignant artifact unearthed was Jane’s handmade “Book of Ages,” recording the birth of her 12 children and, excruciatingly, the eventual death of all but one.  Jane’s surviving letters show her a witty, hardworking woman who “loved best books about ideas,” and shared piquant observations of the struggle for American independence. / Miramont's Ghost by Elizabeth Hall. Miramont Castle, built in 1897 and mysteriously abandoned three years later, is home to many secrets. Only one person knows the truth: Adrienne Beauvier, granddaughter of the Comte de Challembelles and cousin to the man who built the castle.  Clairvoyant from the time she could talk, Adrienne’s visions show her the secrets of those around her.  Her visions begin to reveal dark mysteries of her own aristocratic French family. 

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.



Genghis Khan:

"It is not sufficient that I succeed — all others must fail."

"Come and sip from the cup of destruction."

"I am the flail of God. Had you not created great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you."

"An action comitted in anger is an action doomed to failure."

"Conquering the world on horseback is easy; it is dismounting and governing that is hard."

"Remember, you have no companions but your shadow."