She has also studied at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought, and in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms.
The Song of Achilles, her first novel, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times Bestseller. Miller was also shortlisted for the 2012 Stonewall Writer of the Year. Her second novel, Circe, was an instant number 1 New York Times bestseller, and won the Indies Choice Best Adult Fiction of the Year Award and the Indies Choice Best Audiobook of the Year Award, as well as being shortlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction. Circe also won The Red Tentacle Award, an American Library Association Alex Award (adult books of special interest to teen readers), and the 2018 Elle Big Book Award. It is currently being adapted for a series with HBO Max.
Jeanine Cummins, author of American Dirt, will be joining us via Zoom for a discussion of her bestselling novel. Anyone is welcome to join this online discussion.
Join the meeting here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84882218243
Jeanine Cummins is joining book discussions throughout the country in an effort to raise money for International Rescue Committee. She will match any donations made through July 31 up to $100,000 (You are still welcome to donate at the same link after July 31). To donate, visit the link below, click donate, enter your amount, and write “Hopkinsville Library Event” in the comment section.
“If there was one universal principle that you could embrace to make your entire life easier…would you?” –Michelle Wyatt, “Buckle Up, Buttercup!”
Change is perhaps the only constant, and yet, we fear it, avoid it, resist it, and even grieve in the wake of it. But what if we could see change as an opportunity? An asset? A silver lining? What if we could plan for and manage change in a way that helped us live our best lives?
Meet Michelle Wyatt — author of “Buckle Up, Buttercup!” — and join
her on an emotional and intellectual road trip through the nuances
of personal and professional change, exploring how changes — of
any size, at work or at home — can impact so very much, and why
they require our honest and focused attention.
Books will be sold at the event for $15 each.
Like all public businesses they are working to do all they can to eliminate the exposure and spread of the COVID19 virus. Because of these efforts, HCCPL will have new rules, processes and during the reopening phases, there will be limited services.
Please continue to follow their social media pages and their website for an update on access and services.
Come in your PJs, bring pillows, blankets, and anything else you can think of to make a fort, and enjoy family reading time after hours in the 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.”
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.”
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.”
Books After Dark is a new after-hours book discussion at the Library. The theme will rotate each month. In February, they’ll be talking about the Christian romance The Dating Charade by Melissa Ferguson. The author will be joining the discussion via Skype!
Copies of the book are available to check out at the Library front desk.