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Facilitated by Kathy Carrus

Members receive 20% off each month's book choice


"Kathy's selection of titles for discussion are thought provoking and the discussion always stimulating. Her meticulous research and skill as a facilitator is superb as she moves the  discussion along while allowing time to explore various aspects of a book. There hasn't been a discussion that I've come away from where I haven't felt enlightened and enriched." - Tuki S.


Pageturners is a discussion group that exposes participants to literature with various perspectives so Kathy's books promote thoughtful and often lively discussions. Pageturners selections include an eclectic variety of both fiction and nonfiction titles. For over 30 years Kathy's book clubs have been reading biographies, historical fiction, social justice books, international fiction, plays, classics, and works by debut novelists that provide “new voices” -- so Pageturner readers gain insight into contemporary society as well as themselves. A keen researcher and librarian, Kathy provides background information which enhances the discussion and understanding of each book read.


Kathy: My passion for literature and my curiosity to dig into what the author is really expressing makes for informative discussions. Book groups have always been a form of continuing education for me and I love to share ideas and conversation each month when we gather. I view my book list as a type of syllabus and invite those interested to read along with me.


Meetings will be via Zoom through May. Summer meetings will be in-person at Prairie Path Books - email kathy@prairiepathbooks.com for latest details.

Pageturners

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century - Pageturners August 24th, 2021

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century - Pageturners August 31th, 2021 at 7:00 PM

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From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon's CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that social security comes up short, often underwater on mortgages, these invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads.

On frequently traveled routes between seasonal jobs, Jessica Bruder meets people from all walks of life: a former professor, a McDonald's vice president, a minister, a college administrator, and a motorcycle cop, among many others--including her irrepressible protagonist, a onetime cocktail waitress, Home Depot clerk, and general contractor named Linda May.

In a secondhand vehicle she christens "Van Halen," Bruder hits the road to get to know her subjects more intimately. Accompanying Linda May and others from campground toilet cleaning to warehouse product scanning to desert reunions, then moving on to the dangerous work of beet harvesting, Bruder tells a compelling, eye-opening tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy--one that foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us. At the same time, she celebrates the exceptional resilience and creativity of these quintessential Americans who have given up ordinary rootedness to survive. Like Linda May, who dreams of finding land on which to build her own sustainable "Earthship" home, they have not given up hope.

Premonition: A Pandemic Story

Premonition: A Pandemic Story, Pageturner Book Club September 28, 2021 at 7pm

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Fortunately, we are still a nation of skeptics. Fortunately, there are those among us who study pandemics and are willing to look unflinchingly at worst-case scenarios. Michael Lewis's taut and brilliant nonfiction thriller pits a band of medical visionaries against the wall of ignorance that was the official response of the Trump administration to the outbreak of COVID-19.

The characters you will meet in these pages are as fascinating as they are unexpected. A thirteen-year-old girl's science project on transmission of an airborne pathogen develops into a very grown-up model of disease control. A local public-health officer uses her worm's-eye view to see what the CDC misses, and reveals great truths about American society. A secret team of dissenting doctors, nicknamed the Wolverines, has everything necessary to fight the pandemic: brilliant backgrounds, world-class labs, prior experience with the pandemic scares of bird flu and swine flu...everything, that is, except official permission to implement their work.

Michael Lewis is not shy about calling these people heroes for their refusal to follow directives that they know to be based on misinformation and bad science. Even the internet, as crucial as it is to their exchange of ideas, poses a risk to them. They never know for sure who else might be listening in.

Red at the Bone - Pageturner Book Club October 26, 2021

Red at the Bone - Pageturner Book Club October 26, 2021 at 7pm

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A NEW YORK TIMESBESTSELLER

 

A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

 

A spectacular novel that only this legend can pull off. -Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST, in The Atlantic

 

An exquisite tale of family legacy....The power and poetry of Woodson's writing conjures up Toni Morrison. - People

In less than 200 sparsely filled pages, this book manages to encompass issues of class, education, ambition, racial prejudice, sexual desire and orientation, identity, mother-daughter relationships, parenthood and loss....With Red at the Bone, Jacqueline Woodson has indeed risen -- even further into the ranks of great literature. - NPR

 

This poignant tale of choices and their aftermath, history and legacy, will resonate with mothers and daughters. -Tayari Jones, bestselling author of AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE, in O Magazine

 

An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes and explores their histories - reaching back to the Tulsa race massacre of 1921 -- and exposes the private hopes, disappointments, and longings that can bind or divide us from each other, from the New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl Dreaming.

 


Moving forward and backward in time, Jacqueline Woodson's taut and powerful new novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of the new child.

 

As the book opens in 2001, it is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody's coming of age ceremony in her grandparents' Brooklyn brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the music of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress. But the event is not without poignancy. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured and sewn for a different wearer: Melody's mother, for her own ceremony-- a celebration that ultimately never took place.

 

Unfurling the history of Melody's family - reaching back to the Tulsa race massacre in 1921 -- to show how they all arrived at this moment, Woodson considers not just their ambitions and successes but also the costs, the tolls they've paid for striving to overcome expectations and escape the pull of history. As it explores sexual desire and identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class and status, and the life-altering facts of parenthood, Red at the Bone most strikingly looks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives--even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be.

Hidden Valley Road - Pageturner Book Club November 26, 2021

Hidden Valley Road - Pageturner Book Club November 30, 2021 at 7pm

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OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to understand the disease.

Reads like a medical detective journey and sheds light on a topic so many of us face: mental illness. --Oprah Winfrey

 

Named a BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, TIME, and more

 

Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don's work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado, where their twelve children perfectly spanned the baby boom: the oldest born in 1945, the youngest in 1965. In those years, there was an established script for a family like the Galvins--aspiration, hard work, upward mobility, domestic harmony--and they worked hard to play their parts. But behind the scenes was a different story: psychological breakdown, sudden shocking violence, hidden abuse. By the mid-1970s, six of the ten Galvin boys, one after another, were diagnosed as schizophrenic. How could all this happen to one family?

 

What took place inside the house on Hidden Valley Road was so extraordinary that the Galvins became one of the first families to be studied by the National Institute of Mental Health. Their story offers a shadow history of the science of schizophrenia, from the era of institutionalization, lobotomy, and the schizophrenogenic mother to the search for genetic markers for the disease, always amid profound disagreements about the nature of the illness itself. And unbeknownst to the Galvins, samples of their DNA informed decades of genetic research that continues today, offering paths to treatment, prediction, and even eradication of the disease for future generations.

 

With clarity and compassion, bestselling and award-winning author Robert Kolker uncovers one family's unforgettable legacy of suffering, love, and hope.