Summer 2019 Walking Book Club

Legs in blue jeans and brown shoes walking next to grassy area

Interested in joining a summertime walking book club?

You can vote on times and titles between now and March 15th.
Fill out a ballot form below, pick one up at the library, or print one here and bring it to the library.

This is a book club that will meet in June, July & August at the Corvallis-Benton County Library. We will have a discussion about the book for 45 minutes, followed by a 45-minute walk where we can continue chatting.

Once the details are set, an email will be sent announcing the Club’s meeting dates/times and selected titles. In addition, each month a reminder email will be sent. Email addresses will be kept confidential and only used for book club.

Summer 2019 Walking Book Club Ballot

Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and soul-stirring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids.

The arsons started on a cold November midnight and didn’t stop for months. Night after night, the people of Accomack County waited to see which building would burn down next. The arsonist seemed to target abandoned buildings, but local police were stretched too thin to surveil them all. And by the dozen they were burning.

"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.

Larson reconstructs the last and fatal voyage of what was widely considered the most beautiful ship of the day. It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters.

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.

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.

Laymon writes honestly about growing up a hard-headed black son to a complicated and brilliant black mother in Jackson, Mississippi. From his early experiences of sexual violence, to his suspension from college, to his trek to New York as a young college professor, Laymon charts his complex relationship with his mother, grandmother, anorexia, obesity, sex, writing, and ultimately gambling

The story begins as an antebellum novel about Wash, an 11-year-old slave working on a Barbados plantation run by a sadistic master. When Christopher, the master’s brother, takes Wash under his wing and teaches him to read, the novel turns more toward adventure and scientific exploration. There are inventions, twists, and turns; there is danger and intrigue; there is travel and growth.

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.