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Page Turner's Book Club

The Page Turner’s Book Club meets at noon in the Campus Center on the first Thursday of each month. New members are welcome, even if you can only attend once in awhile. We will be reading the following selections through the end of the year:

The Zookeeper's WifeDecember 7, 2017:  “The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman    (Dena)
A true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands. After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages. With animal names for these "guests," and human names for the animals, it's no wonder that the zoo's code name became "The House Under a Crazy Star." Best-selling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating, true-life story―sharing Antonina's life as "the zookeeper's wife," while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism. 

January 4, 2018:  “The Almost Sisters: A Novel” by Joshilyn Jackson    (Ann)
With empathy, grace, humor, and piercing insight, the author pens a powerful, emotionally resonant novel of the South that confronts the truth about privilege, family, and the distinctions between perception and reality—the stories we tell ourselves about our origins and who we really are. When Leia Birch Briggs returns to Alabama to put her ailing grandmother Birchie’s affairs in order and clean out the big Victorian family home, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie’s been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots reaching back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family’s freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.

Luther the ReformerFebruary 1, 2018: "Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and His Career" (Second Edition), James M. Kittelson (author) and Hans H. Wiersma (editor)
For nearly thirty years, James M. Kittelson's Luther the Reformer has been the standard biography of Martin Luther. Like Roland Bainton's biography of the generation before, Kittelson's volume is the one known by thousands of students, pastors, and interested readers as the biography that gave them the details of this dramatic man and his history.  The accolades were well deserved. Fair, insightful, and detailed without being overwhelming, Kittelson was able to negotiate a "middle way" between the many directions of historical research and present a more complete chronological picture of Luther than many had yet portrayed. For this revised edition, Hans H. Wiersma has made an outstanding text even better. The research is updated, and the text is revised throughout, with images, bibliographies, and timelines to enhance the experience.

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