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A good book group provides some essential ingredients for good living. Please join us if you are interested in enjoying good people, good books and having a good time.

What we will all enjoy when we come together over a good book.......

1. Intellectual stimulation
It's easy to get so busy in our lives that personal learning stagnates.
2. Community of friends.
An opportunity to be alternately silly and serious and make great friends.
3. New books and new people
Exposure to new types of literature and new life viewpoints.
4. A break from everyday life.
Book clubs can pull you up and out of your everyday world.
5. A place to be open with ideas.
Freedom to like or not like a book and then talk about why.

Upcoming events (5+)

Fahrenheit 451 By: Ray Bradbury

Cai's Cafe

Summary First published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is a classic novel set in the future when books forbidden by a totalitarian regime are burned. The hero, a book burner, suddenly discovers that books are flesh and blood ideas that cry out silently when put to the torch. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires.... The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning...along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames...never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then he met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think...and Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do! Book Group Discussion Questions: http://www.litlovers.com/reading-guides/fiction/316-fahrenheit-451-bradbury?start=3 If you have additional questions please feel free to post them and bring them to the group discussion.

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

The Coffee House

Question Link: https://www.readinggroupguides.com/reviews/lilac-girls/guide Review: Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and secrets that were hidden for decades. New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences. For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power. The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten

The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum

Cai's Cafe

Question Link: http://galesburglibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/PoisonersHandbook.pdf Summary: The untold story of how poison rocked Jazz Age New York City. A pair of forensic scientists began their trailblazing chemical detective work, fighting to end an era when untraceable poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Chief medical examiner Charles Norris and toxicologist Alexander Gettler investigate a family mysteriously stricken bald, factory workers with crumbling bones, a diner serving poisoned pies, and many others. Each case presents a deadly new puzzle and Norris and Gettler create revolutionary experiments to tease out even the wiliest compounds from human tissue. From the vantage of their laboratory, it also becomes clear that murderers aren't the only toxic threat--modern life has created a kind of poison playground, and danger lurks around every corner.

Book Worms Unite! It's chat over books time.

The Coffee House

Every group has to have a starting point- so please bring your unique perspective, along with a book you love and a list of books you would like to suggest for the group. We can combine our book choices, chat about what books will make a good selection for a group read, and create our group list. We will be meeting at: The Coffee House located at 31 Amboy Avenue Edison, NJ 08837 Tuesday from 7 PM to 9 PM We will have plenty of time to grab a refreshment with some get acquainted time - and have our book chat of course! So please join for the entire time or just for awhile. We will have a reserved table toward the rear of the cafe- and there will be a BOOK GROUP sign on the table.

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