Our longest running book group brings together readers who enjoy discussing and sharing insights about a single title each month. Facilitated conversations are lively, intelligent, and insightful. The titles are mostly fiction, with one nonfiction choice included each year. The group chooses titles for the coming year by ballot in the spring. Book discussions are held on the third Wednesday of the month, September through June (no July or August meetings), and all adult patrons enthusiastic about reading and talking about books are invited to join us as often as they can. Before each meeting, you can pick up your copy for the next month’s discussion at the Circulation Desk. If you have questions, please contact Karen Stern at the Reference Desk or email stern@noblenet.org.

Next Meeting: January 15, 2020, 7:30 pm in the Lecture Hall 
To Discuss: Educated by Tara Westover

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by, among other things, stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag.” In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard.
Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.
Educated is her memoir, which has been nominated for many awards.

To Think About While You Read:  When reading a memoir, it is always interesting to think about how and when the author feeds the reader information. How do you feel about the way Westover controls the delivery of her story line? What techniques does she use? How do her journals figure into the telling of the story? Are her techniques effective (do they get in the way of your enjoyment of the book, or keep you turning pages)?

Web Articles for Further Reading:
Educated by Tara Westover review: An extraordinary Mormon upbringing recounted with evocative lyricism by Anna Carey, Irishtimes.com, February 24, 2018.
Educated, by Tara Westover,
by Alexandra Schwartz, newyorker.com, June 18, 2018.
Video:“Educated” author Tara Westover answers your questions(extended version), PBS News Hour on YouTube.com, May 31, 2018.
the author’s website has more interesting videos on a range of topics related to the book.

2020 SCHEDULE (2019-2020 discussion titles were voted on by group members in May 2019.)      
February 19      Less by Andrew Sean Greer
March 18          The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
April 15             Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
May 20              How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
June 17             The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

Previous Discussions (1998 to 2018)