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Center for Local and Global History

Book and film discussions begin at 12:00 PM, film begins at 1:00 PM.
Center for Local and Global History, Louis Stoke Wing, 6th Floor

 May 20
Seven Years in Tibet
by Heinrich Harrer and Seven Years in Tibet (film) directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud 
“TIBET is conventionally the land of romance, of mystery, of fantasy. Almost anything written about it is bound to have a special magic. Certainly Heinrich Harrer’s “Seven Years in Tibet” is no exception — in fact, it tells one of the grandest and most incredible adventure stories I have ever read, compounded of the infallibly exciting elements of mountain climbing, dangerous escapes, life in secret, forbidden Tibet and encounters with extraordinary people.” – New York Times Book Review

Award Winning Books

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


May 7
Bluebird, Bluebird
by Attica Locke
Winner of the 2018 Edgar Award for Best Novel. When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules–a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing up black in the lone star state, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home.

Tremont Think & Drink

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

Monday, May 13, 2019, at 7:00 pm
Prosperity Social Club 1109 Starkweather Ave.

Brief Answers to the Big Questions
by Stephen Hawking

In this slim volume, the late world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking shares his personal views on our biggest challenges as a human race, and where we, as a planet, are heading next.

Monday, June 10, 2019, at 7:00 pm
Prosperity Social Club 1109 Starkweather Ave.

Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything
by Anne Bogel

Popular blogger Anne Bogel takes readers on a journey to understand themselves and others by exploring popular personality frameworks, offering practical applications to improve all facets of life, including love, marriage, productivity, parenting, the workplace, and spiritual life.


Monday, July 8, 2019, at 7:00 pm
Prosperity Social Club 1109 Starkweather Ave.

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail
by Ben Montgomery

Emma Gatewood was the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail alone, as well as the first person—man or woman—to walk it twice and three times and she did it all after the age of 65.  This inspiring story illustrates the full power of human spirit and determination.

Monday, August 12, 2019, at 7:00 pm
Prosperity Social Club 1109 Starkweather Ave.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century
by Yuval Noah Harari

A probing and visionary investigation into today’s most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive.


Brew Pub Book Club

Noble Beast Brewing Company • 1470 Lakeside Ave E, Cleveland, OH 44114 • 5:30-6:30pm

Broads, Books & Beer

Second Wednesday of each month, discover the lives of extraordinary women.
The Second Wednesday of each month from 5:30-6:30pm

March 13
Ladies of the ticker : women and Wall Street from the Gilded Age to the Great Depression
by George Robb
George Robb’s pioneering study explores the financial methods, accomplishments, and careers of three generations of women. Plumbing sources from stock brokers’ ledgers to media coverage, Robb reveals the many ways women invested their capital while exploring their differing sources of information, approaches to finance, interactions with markets, and levels of expertise. He also rediscovers the forgotten women bankers, brokers, and speculators who blazed new trails–and sparked public outcries over women’s unsuitability for the predatory rough-and-tumble of market capitalism.  University of Illinois Press

April 10
Empress : the astonishing reign of Nur Jahan
by Ruby Lal
Born to Persian nobility traveling to the Mughal empire, Nur Jahan (1577–1645) survived an uncertain birth and childhood to go on to hunt tigers, lead men in battle, and wield power and influence at a level almost unheard of for a Muslim woman of that time, reigning over India with her husband, the emperor Jahangir, from 1614 to 1627.  Library Journal Reviews

May 8
Daughters of the Samurai : a journey from East to West and Back
by Janice P. Nimura
In the years after Japan was forcibly opened to the world for trade, a group of five girls, ages 6 to 14, was chosen to travel to America, attend school, and return in 10 years to share their enlightened attitudes about Western ways with their country’s future leaders. The two older girls returned home almost immediately, while the other three were taken in by kind New England families whose alien cultures and traditions slowly distanced them from their memories of home. When the girls returned, they were determined to be good Japanese women, but they were unable to truly fit back into their society. This makes their ultimate accomplishments, which led to nothing less than revolutionizing Japanese women’s education, all the more staggering.  Booklist Reviews

Books on Tap

Fourth Tuesday of each month, explore engaging titles from our Science & Technology collection.
The Fourth Tuesday of each month from 5:30-6:30pm

March 26, 2019
Blood, Bones and Butter: The Inadvertent Education Of A Reluctant Chef
by Gabrielle Hamilton
How was the author’s education inadvertent? What is the reason she was reluctant to become a chef? All will become clear upon completion of the final page of this lusty, rollicking, engaging-from-page-one memoir of the chef-owner of Prune restaurant in New York’s East Village. Hamilton opened her eating establishment without any prior experience in cheffing, but the life experiences she did have before that bold move, told here in honest detail, obviously made up for any deficiencies in heading up a restaurant and also provide material for an electric story that is interesting even if the author hadn’t become the chef-owner of a successful restaurant. An idyllic childhood turned sour when her parents divorced; her adolescence and young womanhood encompassed drugs, menial jobs, and lack of direction and initiative when it came to continued education. All’s well that ends well, however, and her story does indeed do that. Add this to the shelf of chef memoirs but also recommend it to readers with a penchant for forthright, well-written memoirs in general. – Booklist

April 23, 2019
Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam
by Pope Brock
John Brinkley, who grew up poor in rural North Carolina but attended Rush Medical College in Chicago, got his start touring as a medicine man hawking “miracle” tonics and became famous for transplanting goat testicles into impotent men. Brinkley built his own radio station in 1923, hustling his pseudoscience over the airwaves and giving an outlet to astrologers and country music. His nemesis was Dr. Morris Fishbein, the buoyant, compulsively curious editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association whose luminary friends included Sinclair Lewis, Clarence Darrow and H.L. Mencken. Fishbein took aim at Brinkley in JAMA, lay publications and pamphlets distributed by the thousands. Even after the Kansas State Medical Board yanked his medical license in 1930, Brinkley ran twice for governor of Kansas and almost won. – Publishers Weekly

May 28, 2019
The Soul of a Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection
by Michael Ruhlman
In this follow-up to his cooking school odyssey, The Making of a Chef, Ruhlman examines what causes chefs to seek absolute perfection. The book is divided into three parts: in the first, Ruhlman observes the arduous Certified Master Chef exam at the Culinary Institute of America, which was the setting for his first book. The second segment focuses on Michael Symon, a rising star at Lola (in Cleveland) who was recently dubbed one of the 10 best chefs in America by Food & Wine. The third is dedicated to Thomas Keller, chef of California’s esteemed French Laundry. – Publishers Weekly