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Our Next Book Club Discussion will be on November 12, 2014

Marc Thorne will lead this book discussion of the chosen selection: "Look Me In the Eye" My Life with Asperger's by John Elder Robison.

The meeting will be held at the Darien Library in the Harris Room on the 2nd floor beginning at 12:30 p.m.

"Look Me in the Eye" is the moving, darkly funny story of growing up with Asperger’s at a time when the diagnosis simply didn’t exist. A born storyteller, Robison takes you inside the head of a boy whom teachers and other adults regarded as “defective.”

Media Reviews:
Robison succeeds in his goal of helping those who are struggling to grow up or live with Asperger's to see how it is not a disease but a way of being that needs no cure except understanding and encouragement from others." - PW.

"John Robison's book is an immensely affecting account of a life lived according to his gifts rather than his limitations. His story provides ample evidence for my belief that individuals on the autistic spectrum are just as capable of rich and productive lives as anyone else." - Daniel Tammet, author of Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant.

Copies of the book are available in the Book Club section behind the front desk.
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Future Book Club Discussions

December 10, 2014
Tom Reifenheiser will lead the book club discussion of "Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century"  by Christian Caryl

Few moments in history have seen as many seismic transformations as 1979. That single year marked the emergence of revolutionary Islam as a political force on the world stage, the beginning of market revolutions in China and Britain that would fuel globalization and radically alter the international economy, and the first stirrings of the resistance movements in Eastern Europe and Afghanistan that ultimately led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. More than any other year in the latter half of the twentieth century, 1979 heralded the economic, political, and religious realities that define the twenty-first. 

January 14, 2015
John Podkowsky will lead the book club discussion of "A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal " by Ben MacIntyre

Kim Philby was the greatest spy in history, a brilliant and charming man who rose to head Britain’s counterintelligence against the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War—while he was secretly working for the enemy. And nobody thought he knew Philby like Nicholas Elliott, Philby’s best friend and fellow officer in MI6. The two men had gone to the same schools, belonged to the same exclusive clubs, grown close through the crucible of wartime intelligence work and long nights of drink and revelry. It was madness for one to think the other might be a communist spy, bent on subverting Western values and the power of the free world.
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If you enjoy reading and discussing what you have read then you should become a participant in this Book Club.

The Book Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month (Sep-Jun) at 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Darien Library. There are no meetings scheduled in July and August. Participants may choose to bring a bag lunch. 

At each meeting, the next Discussion Leader identifies the book chosen for the following month. The book choice may be fiction or non-fiction. The only restriction is the book must be available from the Darien Library. The Library maintains a collection of books, specifically for local Book Groups. This collection includes over 100 titles with more added periodically. Also the Library can order a collection (10+ copies) of a specific title if requested well in advance (60+ days). Mary Paterniti is the Library Book Group contact.

Role of the Discussion Leader: (i) choose a book; (ii) check availability and reserve at least 10 copies for SMA’s use; (iii) prepare and distribute a list of discussion topics/questions prior to the meeting; (iv) reserve a meeting room at the Library; (v) lead the discussion.

Participants may pick up a copy of the book in the reserve section of the library (just behind the front desk). Copies of the book are checked out to the SMA; you just need to pick up a copy; it is not required to check out the books individually.

Activity Leaders:
  • Don Piper
  • Tom Reifenheiser
  • Sunil Saksena
  • Taylor Strubinger
  • Cecil Wade