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Brown Bag Book Clubs begin at 12:00 p.m.   Bring your lunch

Center for Local and Global History

Monday, October 16
Killers of the Flower Moon
by David Grann
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances. David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. 

Monday, November 20
The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers
by Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman
This is the story of how America’s first women soldiers helped win World War I, earned the vote, and fought the U.S. Army. In 1918, the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France. They were masters of the latest technology: the telephone switchboard. General John Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Forces, demanded female “wire experts” when he discovered that inexperienced doughboys were unable to keep him connected with troops under fire.

Social Sciences Department 

SherpaThursday, October 12
Sherpa:  The Memoir of Ang Tharkay
by Ang Tharka
Adventurous stories told from a non-Western perspective by one of the most accomplished early Himalayan climbers.  Now in English for the first time – Autobiography of one of the greatest Sherpas of his-or any-time.   Ang Tharkay was the sirdar for Maurice Herzog’s Annapurna expedition in 1950-the first 8000-meter peak to be climbed .  Ang Tharkay was a key member of the 1951 reconnaissance of Everest-which led to the successful 1953 ascent.  Sherpas have recently been in the public eye, in part because of the 2013 Everest “brawl,” the 2014 avalanche that took the lives of thirteen climbing Sherpas, and the 2015 earthquake that devastated Nepal. These events and others have led to much public discussion about how Sherpas today are treated and viewed by their Western employers. Sherpa expands our understanding of these issues by providing historical context.

GUEST DISCUSSION LEADER: Ms. Lakitha Tolbert, Senior Subject Department Clerk, Social Sciences Department, Cleveland Public Library

The SilencingThursday, November 9
The Silencing:  How The Left Is Killing Free Speech
by Kirsten Powers
Life-long liberal Kirsten Powers blasts the Left’s forced march towards conformity in an expose of the illiberal war on free speech. No longer champions of tolerance and free speech, the illiberal Left now viciously attacks and silences anyone with alternative points of view. Powers asks, “Whatever happened to free speech in America?”

GUEST DISCUSSION LEADER: Ms. Kristen Schmidt, Branch Manager, East 131st Street Branch, Cleveland Public Library

Thursday, December 12
The Power of Positive Thinking
by Norman Vincent Peale
Faith in yourself makes good things happen to you. This classic guide to self-esteem and success will help you learn how to: break the worry habit; get other people to like you; avoid “the jitters” in your daily work; believe in yourself and everything you do; develop the power to reach your goals, and so much more.

GUEST DISCUSSION LEADER: Ms. Tonya Thompson, Graphic Designer, Cleveland Public Library

lit-friday-frolics-headerLiterature Department, Main Library, 2nd floor
Fridays, 12:00 p.m. • 4:00 p.m.

OCTOBER 13, 2017
Discussion of Bram Stoker’s Dracula followed by a screening of Philip Saville’s 1977 BBC miniseries starring Louis Jourdan, Frank Finlay, and Judi Bowker.  (MPAA: NR – 150 minutes) IMDB: 7.7/10 (940 votes)

OCTOBER 20, 2017
Screening of Werner Herzog’s 1979 film Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht starring Klaus Kinksi, Isabelle Adjani, and Bruno Ganz.  (MPAA: PG – 107 minutes) Rotten Tomatoes: 94% Fresh

OCTOBER 27, 2017
Discussion of Joseph Sheridan le Fanu’s Uncle Silas followed by a screening of Peter Hammond’s 1987 BBC miniseries The Dark Angel starring Peter O’Toole, Beatie Edney, and Jane Lapotaire. (MPAA: NR – 180 minutes) IMDB: 7.2/10 (128 votes)

NOVEMBER 10, 2017
Discussion of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw followed by a screening of Jack Clayton’s 1961 20th Century Fox adaptation The Innocents starring Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, and Pamela Franklin.  (MPAA: NR – 100 minutes) Rotten Tomatoes: 96% Fresh

NOVEMBER 24, 2017
Discussion of Henry James’ Washington Square followed by a screening of William Wyler’s 1949 MGM film adaptation The Heiress with Sir Ralph Richardson, Olivia de Havilland, and Montgomery Clift. (MPAA: NR – 115 minutes) Rotten Tomatoes: 100% Fresh



Main Library, Literature Department, 2nd floor
With Guest Reader Valentino Zullo

Memoirs of the Middle East

In this series we will explore Middle East history through the stories and cartoons of those who witnessed the changing landscapes.  

October 19, 2017
Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq
by Sarah Glidden

November 2, 2017
by Leila Abdelrazaq 

November 16, 2017
Dare to Disappoint
by Ozge Samanci 



Award Winning Books

First Tuesday of Every Month at 4pm
Main Library, 2nd Floor, Literature Department & Ohio Center for the Book  

November 7th, 2017
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.



Think & Drink

Join us for engaging book discussions as the Jefferson Branch Library
teams up with neighborhood watering holes.

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: The Journey of Doaa Al Zamel: One Refugee’s Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival 
by Melissa Fleming
The story of a young Syrian refugee’s attempt to reach Sweden, focusing on her ordeal in icy waters after the dilapidated fishing vessel in which she was traveling–along with 500 others–sinks.
Monday, November 13, 2017 • 7:00 p.m. @ Edison’s Pub, 2373 Professor Ave.

This is Where I Live (book jacket)This is Where I Live: Cleveland People and Their Neighborhoods
by Justin Glanville and Bob Brown
Learn fascinating new things about 30 different Cleveland communities through short stories, articles, interviews, and illustrations. 
Monday, December 11, 2017 • 7:00 pm Location TBD

TribeTribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
by Sebastian Junger
We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding–“tribes.” This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.
Monday, January 8, 2018 • 7:00 pm Location TBD

Hunger (book jacket)Hunger: A Memoir of (my) Body
by Roxane Gay
The best-selling author of Bad Feminist explores the devastating act of violence that triggered her personal challenges with food and body image, sharing advice for caring for oneself and eating in healthful and satisfying ways.
Monday, February 12, 2018 • 7:00 pm Location TBD