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Monday May 2nd
Elevated Readers Book Club

The Elevated Readers Book Club, hosted by the Oregon City Public Library, is open for new members.  We also welcome drop-ins! The Elevated Readers Book Club is named after Oregon City’s unique "vertical street".

All discussions are on Thursdays at the Library 6:15-8:00 PM. For more information please contact Betty at barmstrong@orcity.org

 

The Mind's Eye by Oliver Sacks

Discussion on May 5, 2016

Summary: In The Mind’s Eye, Oliver Sacks tells the stories of people who are able to navigate the world and communicate with others despite losing what many of us consider indispensable senses and abilities: the power of speech, the capacity to recognize faces, the sense of three-dimensional space, the ability to read, the sense of sight. 

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Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

Discussion on July 7, 2016 at Pioneer Center 6:15p.m.

Summary: January 1946: writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a stranger, a founding member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. And so begins a remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name.

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One Thousand White Women: Journals of May Dodd by Jim Fergus

Discussion on September 1, 2016

Summary: One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the U.S. government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians. The covert and controversial "Brides for Indians" program, launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant, is intended to help assimilate the Indians into the white man's world. Toward that end May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime.

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Benjamin Franklin, an American life by Walter Isaacson

Discussion on November 3, 2016

Summary: Benjamin Franklin, writes journalist and biographer Walter Isaacson, was that rare Founding Father who would sooner wink at a passer-by than sit still for a formal portrait. What's more, Isaacson relates in this fluent and entertaining biography, the revolutionary leader represents a political tradition that has been all but forgotten today, one that prizes pragmatism over moralism, religious tolerance over fundamentalist rigidity, and social mobility over class privilege. That broadly democratic sensibility allowed Franklin his contradictions, as Isaacson shows.

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Walden by H. D. Thoreau

Discussion on January 5, 2017

Summary: In 1845, Henry David Thoreau moved into a cabin by Walden Pond. With the intention of immersing himself in nature and distancing himself from the distractions of social life, Thoreau sustained his retreat for just over two years. More popular than ever, “Walden” is a paean to the virtues of simplicity and self-sufficiency.

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