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2016-2017 Schedule

September 14: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
Reviewer: Paul Kopperman

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October 12: Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig
Reviewer: Carol Mason

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November 9: Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones
Reviewer: Steve Gallon

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December 14: Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirshman
Reviewer: Jeanne Smith and Gretchen Morris

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January 11: The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley by Eric Weiner
Reviewer: David Noakes

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February 8: Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett
Reviewer: Charles Goodrich

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March 8: The Born Frees: Writing with the Girls of Gugulethu by Kimberly Burge
Reviewer: Ann Staley

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April 12: Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina
Reviewer: Frank Moore

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May 10: My Name is Lucy Barton: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout
Reviewer: Marjorie Sandor

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June 14: The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck
Reviewer: Bill Goslow


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