Friday, November 4, 2011

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Thursday, December 1

6:00 pm
Soup & Sandwich Supper
Followed by showing of film at 6:30 pm
Reservations required

Winner of the 2007 BookBrowse Diamond Award for Most Popular Book.

An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932, by the bestselling author of Riding Lessons.

When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her.

Beautifully written, Water for Elephants is illuminated by a wonderful sense of time and place. It tells a story of a love between two people that overcomes incredible odds in a world in which even love is a luxury that few can afford.

The discussion group centers around books that were made into movies. Adult patrons are invited to read the book, listen to the book or watch the movie and join us for a lively discussion on the First Thursday of every month.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Thursday, November 3rd @ 7:00 pm

In this tongue in cheek novel geared toward young adults,  Hiaasen  plunges readers right into the middle of an ecological mystery, made up of endangered miniature owls, the Mother Paula's All-American Pancake House scheduled to be built over their burrows, and the owls' unlikely allies--three middle school kids determined to beat the screwed-up adult system. 


Sign up today for The Mercer County Library's
Book Discussion Group with a Twist!    

The discussion group centers around books that were made into movies. 
Adult patrons are invited to read the book, listen to the book or
 watch the movie and join us for a lively discussion on the 

First Thursday of every month. 

 Come to the library and enjoy refreshments and
a chance to meet with fellow book lovers.

Pre-register at the desk or by calling the library (419) 586-4442.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

Thursday, October 6th @ 7:00 pm

Plain Truth
by Jodi Picoult

Moving seamlessly from psychological drama to courtroom suspense, Plain Truth is a fascinating portrait of Amish life rarely witnessed by those outside the faith.

When a young Amish teen hides a pregnancy, gives birth in secret, and then flatly denies it all when the baby's body is found, urban defense attorney Ellie Hathaway decides to defend her. But she finds herself caught in a clash of cultures with a people whose channels of justice are markedly different from her own… and discovers a place where circumstances are not always what they seem.


Monday, August 15, 2011

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas

Thursday, September 1 @ 7:00 pm
Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas
James Patterson

A departure from the thrillers Patterson is known for, this is a fast-paced and suspenseful love story. Katie Wilkinson is crazy about Matt Harrison, and she is surprised when, a year into their romance, he breaks it off. He leaves her with a diary to read, written by his first wife, Suzanne, for their son, Nicholas.

Discussion Questions:

1. What is Suzanne looking for in life? 
2. Was Matt courageous or cowardly?

Please post your thoughts below.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Eat Pray Love

Thursday, August 4th, 7:00 pm
Eat Pray Love
Elizabeth Gilbert


How liberating it would be to just cast off the reins of your current life and go on a year-long trip to three far flung countries of the world? Elizabeth Gilbert does that in Eat Pray Love, by embarking on her journey with specific purposes – one country for pleasure of the senses, another for spiritual enlightenment and the third to restore balance in her life. The resultant travelogue is a warm and lively read. The movie was released in 2010 and stars Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Julie and Julia

Thursday, July 8, 7:00 pm

Julie and Julia
Julie Powell

Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen, chronicles a year in the life of Julie Powell as she struggles through the recipes of chef Julia Childs. What started off as a blog turned into a best-selling novel with a movie starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Lovely Bones

Thursday, July 7, 7:00 pm
Lovely Bones
Alice Sebold


A powerful first novel, narrated by Susie Salmon, in heaven. Brutally raped and murdered by a deceptively mild-mannered neighbor, Susie begins with a compelling description of her death. During the next ten years, she watches over her family and friends as they struggle to cope with her murder. She observes their disintegrating lives with compassion and occasionally attempts, sometimes successfully, to communicate her love to them. Although the lives of all who knew her well are shaped by her tragic death, eventually her family and friends survive their pain and grief. In Sebold's heaven, Susie continues to grow emotionally. She learns that human existence is "the helplessness of being alive, the dark bright pity of being human feeling as you went, groping in corners and opening your arms to light all of it part of navigating the unknown." The 2009 film adaptation stars Susan Sarandon, Rachel Weisz and Mark Wahlberg.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Close Range and Brokeback Mountain

Thursday, June 2, 7:00 pm

Close Range and Brokeback Mountain

Annie Proulx

A raw, powerful story of two young men, a Wyoming ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy, who meet in the summer of 1963 sheepherding in the harsh, high grasslands of contemporary Wyoming and form an unorthodox yet life-long bond. The 2005 motion picture won multiple Academy Awards and nominations.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Dear John

Thursday, May 5, 7:00 pm

Dear John
Nicholas Sparks

An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life—until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else. The film adaptation is directed by Lasse Hallstrom, director of book club favorites such as Shipping News, Chocolate and An Unfinished Life.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

My Sister's Keeper

Thursday, April 7, 7:00 pm

My Sister's Keeper

Jodi Picoult

This is the story of Anna Fitzgerald who was conceived so that she could be a genetically compatible donor for her older sister, Kate, who suffers from leukemia. When Kate is 16 and Anna is 13, Kate needs a kidney transplant and Anna balks at giving up one of hers. She hires a lawyer to petition for medical emancipation from her parents, so that she alone can make decisions about her body. Picoult's novel examines the inner workings of a family struggling to find their way in the most complex of situations. The 2009 film adaptation stars Alec Baldwin and Cameron Diaz. 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Cold Mountain

Thursday, March 3, 7:00 pm

Cold Mountain 
Charles Frazier

Cold Mountain is a 1997 historical fiction novel by Charles Frazier. It tells the story of W.P. Inman, a wounded deserter from the Confederate army near the end of the American Civil War who walks for months to return to Ada Monroe, the love of his life. The novel alternates chapter-by-chapter between Inman's and Ada's stories. The movie was released in 2003 and stars Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Renee Zellweger.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Runaway Jury

Thursday, February 3, 7:00 pm

The Runaway Jury 

John Grisham

The Runaway Jury is a legal thriller novel by John Grisham. The movie was released in 2003 and stars John Cusack, Rachel Weisz, and Gene Hackman.