An evening book discussion group reading fiction and nonfiction from around the world. All are welcome! Interested in joining us? Pick up the monthly title anytime at the Checkout Desk, then come by for discussion!
Meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM
THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND
William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger, and a place where hope and opportunity were hard to find.
Enchanted by the workings of electricity as a boy, William had a goal to study science in Malawi's top boarding schools. But in 2002, his country was stricken with a famine that left his family's farm devastated and his parents destitute. Unable to pay the eighty-dollar-a-year tuition for his education, William was forced to drop out and help his family forage for food as thousands across the country starved and died.
Yet William refused to let go of his dreams. Using scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves, William forged a crude yet operable windmill, an unlikely contraption and small miracle that eventually powered four lights, complete with homemade switches and a circuit breaker made from nails and wire.
Here is the remarkable story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.
Read or listen to The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind on Wisconsin's Digital Library.
Please note that there is also a Young Readers edition of this item. Click here to place a hold on the correct item in LinkCat. The Large Print edition in LinkCat is also correct. For a sound recording, visit the Digital Library.
Fiction, Quebec, Canada
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montréal and yet a world away. Jane Neal, a long-time resident of Three Pines, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's a tragic hunting accident and nothing more but Gamache smells something foul this holiday season…and is soon certain that Jane died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.
With this award-winning first novel, Louise Penny introduces an engaging hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces—and this series—with power, ingenuity, and charm.
Read or listen to Still Life on Wisconsin's Digital Library.
(If you like it, you have the rest of the series to look forward to!)
Upcoming Discussion Titles
THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER
Nonfiction, Mexico/United States
Nonfiction, Earth/ International Space Station
THE QUEEN OF WATER
Laura Resau and María Virginia Farinango
HERE COMES THE SUN