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Contemporary Classics with Marsha Bansavage – Tuesday, October 1 at 7:00pm

Contemporary Classics with Marsha Bansavage evenings at 7:00pm, usually on the first Monday of the month.

The book chat selections have been made for September through December 2019.

September 3 – The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah.
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“Alaska, 1974. Untamed. Unpredictable. And for a family in crisis, the ultimate test of the human spirit. Alaska is a vast, magical landscape threaded by aquamarine rivers and bordered by immense white wastelands. The state attracts individualists and dreamers, people who are willing to go to the ends of the earth in pursuit of gold or solitude or freedom–whatever it is they desire most. But Alaska is called the Great Alone for a reason. Cut off from the rest of the United States, it is its own world. Up here, it’s easy to go too far, to become too separate, and once that happens only a miracle-or a tragedy-can bring them back together . . . Amid a world in political turmoil, Ernt Allbright, a Vietnam veteran and former POW, suffers from symptoms we now call PTSD but back then had no name. His volatile nature and violent temper make it hard to hold down a job. When a friend he served with leaves him a cabin in a remote part of Alaska, Ernt uproots his apprehensive wife Cora and daughter Leni, and heads north, with the promise that living off the land in the spectacular wilderness will solve their–his–problems. “
(Syndetics)

October 1 – There, There by Tommy Orange.
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“As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow–some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent–momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle’s memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will to perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.”
(Syndetics)

November 4 – Educated by Tara Westover.
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“Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills” bag. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged metal in her father’s junkyard. Her father distrusted the medical establishment, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when an older brother became violent. When another brother got himself into college and came back with news of the world beyond the mountain, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. She taught herself enough mathematics, grammar, and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. There, she studied psychology, politics, philosophy, and history, learning for the first time about pivotal world events like the Holocaust and the Civil Rights Movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.”
(Syndetics)

December 2 – The Sadness of Beautiful Things by Simon Van Booy
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“An exquisite new collection of short stories from award winning author Simon Van Booy, exploring love, loss, human connection, and the chance encounters that shape our lives. Taking readers into the innermost lives of everyday people, he explores the strange ways that grief and happiness can manifest themselves suddenly in the course of our daily lives, and the profound beauty found in memories. From a blind pianist searching for a duet partner to a downtrodden boxer who shows unexpected kindness to a mugger.”
(Syndetics)

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