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Ongoing Book Club

Clark Book Club

Junginger Book Club

December 7 Holiday Adult Craft TO-GO!

Kit available to pick up beginning December 7 at the library front desk. Create a holiday noodle tree! Registration required. Sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdogwGdbsG4Dlo8YJDLlBHW04rTmHZhbxrT6rRYAM1MLQW4kg/viewform

December 7 Junginger Book Club 6:00pm

Maid : hard work, low pay, and a mother’s will to survive by Stephanie Land

At 28, Stephanie Land’s dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer quickly dissolved when a summer fling turned into an unplanned pregnancy. Before long, she found herself a single mother, scraping by as a housekeeper to make ends meet.

Maid is an emotionally raw, masterful account of Stephanie’s years spent in service to upper middle class America as a “nameless ghost” who quietly shared in her clients’ triumphs, tragedies, and deepest secrets. Driven to carve out a better life for her family, she cleaned by day and took online classes by night, writing relentlessly as she worked toward earning a college degree. She wrote of the true stories that weren’t being told: of living on food stamps and WIC coupons, of government programs that barely provided housing, of aloof government employees who shamed her for receiving what little assistance she did. Above all else, she wrote about pursuing the myth of the American Dream from the poverty line, all the while slashing through deep-rooted stigmas of the working poor.

New members always welcome! Contact the library to order a copy of the book.

December 14 Clark Book Club 6:00pm

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor.

August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes—as everyone does—that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris.

But as history tells us, it all happened so differently…

Evie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict—but how?—and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father’s newspaper business. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears—and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene?

New members always welcome! Contact the library to order a copy of the book.