Summer 2019 Walking Book Club

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Monday, September 9th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Main Meeting Room |

Join us for the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library Summer 2019 Walking Book Club meetings at 5:30 p.m. on the second Mondays in June, July, August and September; each meeting includes a book discussion and a group walk.

Pick up a copy of the upcoming book for discussion at the 2nd floor reference desk!

The meetings will begin with a 45-minute discussion of the selected book in the Main Meeting Room of the Corvallis-Benton County Library and followed by a 45-minute outdoor walk where we will continue the discussion. Copies of the book to be discussed at the July meeting are available on a first come, first served basis at the 2nd floor reference desk. Library patrons voted on the selected books in March; below are the selections and dates of each discussion:

Monday, September 9th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Educated by Tara Westover (nonfiction, 352 pages)

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life.

Previous Selections:

Monday, June 10th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery (Nonfiction, 288 pages)

Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two hundred dollars. The next anybody heard from her, this genteel, farm-reared, sixty-seven-year-old great-grandmother had walked 800 miles along the 2,050-mile Appalachian Trail.

Monday, July 8th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by C. Brené Brown (Nonfiction, 208 pages)

“True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Brené Brown has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization.

Monday, August 12th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Fiction, 384 pages)

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. This title is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder.