Book Discussion

There There & Their Story: Book Discussion

Join us for “There There and Their Story” a book discussion hosted by the Hopkinsville Community College.
October 12th, 2022 @ 5:00 PM
Location: Hopkinsville Community College: Emerging Technology Building Anderson Room
This will be a guided discussion of the impacts of the novel, as well as a discussion of how Hopkinsville and Western Kentucky are honoring the story of the Native Americans of the area.
Cost: Free
Age appropriate: Yes

There There & Their Hopkinsville: Book Discussion

Join us for “There There and Their Hopkinsville” a book discussion hosted by the Hopkinsville Community College.
October 3rd, 2022 @ 5:00 PM
Location: Milkweed
The third discussion in the series will cover the historical context of the Native Americans from the Hopkinsville and Western Kentucky Region.
Cost: Free
Age appropriate: Yes

There There & Their Literature: Book Discussion

Join us for “There There and Their Literature” a book discussion hosted by the Hopkinsville Community College.
September 28th, 2022 @ 5:00 PM
Location: Hopkinsville Community College Auditorium Building
This second discussion in the series will focus on Native American Literature as a canon of study and how the novel situates within that canon.
Cost: Free
Age appropriate: Yes

There There & Their History: Book Discussion

Join us for “There There and Their History” a book discussion hosted by Hopkinsville Community College.
September 26th, 2022 @ 5:00 PM
Location: Hopkinsville Community College Library
This initial Book Discussion will kick off with a discussion of the historical context surrounding the novel.
Cost: Free
Age appropriate: Yes

Noon Book Club – at Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library

Join this once-a-month book club that meets at the Library on the first Monday of each month. The March book choice is Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.

Copies available to check out at the front desk upon request.

Here’s a summary of this popular non-fiction book:

“From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar America. J.D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love,” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually their grandchild (the author) would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of their success in achieving generational upward mobility.

But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that this is only the short, superficial version. Vance’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother, struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, and were never able to fully escape the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. Vance piercingly shows how he himself still carries around the demons of their chaotic family history.

A deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.”

Adventure Book Club at Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library

Join your friends at the Library for the Adventure Book Club! This once-a-month book club is for ages 9-14. At their first meeting, they’ll talk about Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Copies are available to check out at the Library front desk.

Here is a summary of the book:

“Brian is on his way to Canada to visit his estranged father when the pilot of his small prop plane suffers a heart attack. Brian is forced to crash-land the plane in a lake–and finds himself stranded in the remote Canadian wilderness with only his clothing and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present before his departure.

Brian had been distraught over his parents’ impending divorce and the secret he carries about his mother, but now he is truly desolate and alone. Exhausted, terrified, and hungry, Brian struggles to find food and make a shelter for himself. He has no special knowledge of the woods, and he must find a new kind of awareness and patience as he meets each day’s challenges. Is the water safe to drink? Are the berries he finds poisonous?

Slowly, Brian learns to turn adversity to his advantage–an invading porcupine unexpectedly shows him how to make fire, a devastating tornado shows him how to retrieve supplies from the submerged airplane. Most of all, Brian leaves behind the self-pity he has felt about his predicament as he summons the courage to stay alive.

A story of survival and of transformation, this riveting book has sparked many a reader’s interest in venturing into the wild.”

Saturday Book Chat at Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library

Join this engaging and fun book discussion group at the Library! They’ll be chatting about The One by John Marrs at the February meeting.

Copies are available to check out at the front desk upon request.

Here’s a summary of this fascinating story:

“How far would you go to find The One?

A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner—the one you’re genetically made for.

That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around the world have been matched. But the discovery has its downsides: test results have led to the breakup of countless relationships and upended the traditional ideas of dating, romance and love.

Now five very different people have received the notification that they’ve been “Matched.” They’re each about to meet their one true love. But “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed for everyone. Because even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others…

A word-of-mouth hit in the United Kingdom, The One is a fascinating novel that shows how even the simplest discoveries can have complicated consequences.”