Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse (the Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse, 44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521). We’ll be discussing When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II, by Molly Guptill Manning. “The inspiring story of an army of Librarians, 120 million special paperbacks, and the authors and books that lifted the spirits of our troops” (from jacket flap).” The book details the grass-roots campaign by librarians to send American troops free books — as a counterattack against the Nazis, who banned and burned books — and the joint program of the War Department and publishers to create the Armed Services Editions, small paperback books that soldiers could carry in their pockets.
December’s book is The Lost City of Z, by David Grann. “After stumbling upon a hidden trove of diaries, acclaimed New Yorker writer David Grann set out to solve “the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century”: What happened to the British explorer Percy Fawcett and his quest for the Lost City of Z?” (Blurb from Grann’s website.) The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, December 20.
In January we’ll be reading Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight, a memoir by Nike founder and board chairman. “…Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.” (Publisher’s blurb). January’s meeting is Tuesday, January 17.