Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Read a Western -- Any Western In May!

For our May bookclub we are reading Westerns! Just pick any Western that you would like to read, and comment to this blog or join our Brown Bag Lunch Discussion program on Tuesday, May 31 at 12:00 noon.

What exactly is a western? Westerns tend to take place between the Civil War and the 1900. Generally characters either live in or travel to the American West in search of a better life, adventure, gold, love, etc. Main characters tend to live by a code, though that code will not necessarily fit the code of society.

Have you ever read a western before? Here's your chance. Let us know what you like, what you do not like, and what appeals to you.

Monday, December 6, 2010

December and January Book Discussion -- Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission To Promote Peace ... One School At a Time by Greg Mortenson

Get ready for "Three Cups of Tea." The Harker Heights Public Library looks forward to discussing this novel of dedication and vision. According to the publisher, this novel tells the tale of one man's campaign to build schools in the most dangerous, remote, and anti-American reaches of Asia. In 1993 Greg Mortenson was an American mountain-climber wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of a Pakistani village, he promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time--Mortenson's one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban. In a region where Americans are often feared and hated, he has survived kidnapping, death threats, and wrenching separations from his wife and children. But his success speaks for itself--at last count, his Central Asia Institute had built fifty-five schools.

This is a novel about turning points, dedication to a cause, and doing what you say you will do. Have you ever experienced a turning point? Though Mortenson's decision is rash, how does he formulate a plan to fulfill his mission?

Reminder: The in-person bookclub will meet in on JANUARY 25 at noon instead of in December. Also, be looking for several large group opprotunities to discuss this novel.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

November Book Discussion -- One Second After

Join our discussion of "One Second After" by William R. Forstchen.

One Second After chronicles the events ocurring after an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attack has been made on the United States. One man struggles to seave his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war that sends our nation back to the Dark Ages.

This book is often considered a cautionary tale. How prepared would you be in the event of an EMP strike.

Have you every thought about how you life would change without the telephone, television, a microwave?

Click on "comments" below to read the discussion.

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