For Polish Heritage Month, our active adult book club will discuss Pears on A Willow Tree by Leslie Pietrzyk.
The Marchewka women are inseparable. They relish the joys of family gatherings; from preparing traditional holiday meals to organizing a wedding in which each of them is given a specific task -- whether it's sewing the bridal gown or preserving pickles as a gift to the newlyweds. Bound together by recipes, reminiscences and tangled relationships, these women are the foundation of a dignified, compassionate family--one that has learned to survive the hardships of emigration and assimilation in twentieth-century America (Goodreads, 2019).
Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, The Sixth Extinction, this year's One Book, One Chicago selection, is a compelling and entertaining tale of the way human beings have altered life on this planet.
Interweaving research in half a dozen disciplines, descriptions of the fascinating species that have already been lost, and the history of extinction as a concept, author Elizabeth Kolbert provides a moving and comprehensive account of the disappearances occurring before our very eyes. She shows that the sixth extinction is likely to be humanity's most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.
This program is a part of the[masked] One Book, One Chicago season, exploring the theme Season For Change through the book The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert. For more information, visit www.onebookonechicago.org.
Our active adult book club will discuss Manhattan Beach.
With the atmosphere of a noir thriller, Egan’s first historical novel follows Anna and Styles into a world populated by gangsters, sailors, divers, bankers, and union men. Manhattan Beach is a deft, dazzling, propulsive exploration of a transformative moment in the lives and identities of women and men, of America and the world. (Goodreads, 2019).
Visit the Canaryville circulation desk or check your nearest library for a copy of the book.