Area book discussions 4.2

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE—“I used to love this season,” says the narrator on the opening page of “Year of Wonders.”

Author Geraldine Brooks takes readers through a terrifying episode of the bubonic plague as it reaches a remote British village and begins to claim lives.

The book will be the feature of the next  book discussion at Fayette’s Normal Memorial Library. Extra copies of the book are available at the library.

Brooks’s historical fiction is inspired by actual events in a village in the mid-1600s. The village vicar convinces most townspeople to stay put and isolate themselves from neighboring villages.

As deaths mount, suspicion and despair lead to mob violence against witches and the formation of devil worship cults.

Brooks shows her skill as a story-teller as she describes the lives of ordinary people trying to cope with unusually difficult circumstances.

“Year of Wonders” will be discussed at the library at 7 p.m. April 24. Everyone is welcome to stop by to talk about the story or just listen to others give their thoughts.

MORENCI—They didn’t plan it that way, but both of Morenci’s book discussion groups chose historical fiction for their April selection, and both chose books about the Boleyn family.

Morenci’s aft ernoon discussion group is reading “Anne Boleyn,” a novel written by Evenlyn Anthony in the 1950s.

The evening group is tackling Philippa Gregory’s 2002 novel, “The Other Boleyn Girl,” that brings Anne’s sister Mary into focus.

Mary Boleyn was the mistress of England’s King Henry VIII, before her sister Anne set her designs on becoming the queen. Th e novels highlight the rivalries and intrigues within England’s monarchy and upper class.

The afternoon book discussion group meets at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the United Methodist Church. The evening discussion group meets Thursday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in Stair Public Library.

Extra copies of the books are available at the circulation desk.

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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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