This month's club pick is a young adult novel by Chris Crutcher. When 18-year-old Ben Wolf is diagnosed with a rare blood disease and given less than a year to live, he decides against treatment, and goes about living life to the fullest, never telling anyone close to him about his diagnosis. As Ben faces his own mortality, he sees life and all those around them in an entirely new light, while at the same time processing his own rapidly approaching end.
"Lila" by Marilynne Robinson, is this year's All Iowa Reads selection. Lila has lived a hardscrabble life on the road, until she unexpectedly meets and marries John Ames, the much older pastor of a small church in rural Iowa. As she adapts to her newfound security, she must also make sense of her turbulent past. "Emotionally and intellectually challenging, it's an exploration of faith in God, love, and whatever else it takes to survive." (Entertainment Weekly) Contact the library to obtain a copy and join in the discussion!
In "How Starbucks Saved My Life," author, Michael Gates Gill, writes: “This is the true, surprising story of an old white man who was kicked out of the top of the American Establishment, by chance met a young African-American woman from a completely different background, and came to learn what is important in life…This is my story, and like all surprising stories, it starts with an accident." Contact the library to obtain a copy of this best selling book and join in the discussion!