Nonfiction Book Club

Nonfiction Book Club

Please stay tuned here for information about our NonFiction Book Club.  During this COVID time, we are obviously suspending our in-person meetings. 
Since we were only in the organizing stages anyway, we will begin again to shape this when our building opens.  If we find ourselves closed for longer than we may wish, the possibilities may expand to virtual.  Keep your eye on the website for other book discussions OR e-mail us (splinfo@ci.stillwater.mn.us) to get info regarding new plans. 
Thank you.  Karen and Sue  (We’re the librarians who love NonFiction the most!)

Please join us in launching a brand new book club. Interested readers will discuss nonfiction titles four times during the year. Twice a year we will discuss one title as a group. The other two meetings we will read on a theme with a few ideas provided but no required titles. Dig in, branch out and enjoy talking books with members of the Stillwater Library community. No tests, no book reports! Come for any or all discussions, no need to commit to all gatherings.

March 2020 (Sunday, March 29, 1:30-2:30 PM): The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer

This book is a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award and was named a best book of 2019 by The New York Times, TIME, The Washington Post, The New York Public Library, NPR, Hudson Booksellers, and The Dallas Morning News. “Chapter after chapter, it’s like one shattered myth after another.” ~NPR.

August 2020 (meeting date/time TBD): Travel Theme

We are planning to read about a country or an area of the world over the summer.  Books may address political, social, historical issues. Expecting that it will be easy to find an angle of interest to examine through your personal lens.  The specific direction will be determined at the March gathering.

October 2020 (meeting date/time TBD): We The Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights by Adam Winkler

For the fall election season, we will focus impartially on some history of Supreme Court — corporate rights. Our media isn’t offering to take us through the weeds here; this is something to look at with the help of qualified historians. Who were and currently are the key corporate players in our American landscape? How did they establish the place and rights that they have today? This one is a long book, check one out early!

January 2021 (meeting date/time TBD): Our Towns and Our Cities Theme
Let’s talk about the lay of our land – urban vs. rural, metropolitan vs. small towns. Who lives where, what sustains them, what crises present themselves, what is seen as hopeful? The books below may be of interest to you or search out something for yourself.
Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into The Heart of America by James Fallows (2018)
Spying On The South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide by Tony Horwitz (2019)
Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved The American City by A.K. Sandoval-Strausz (2019)
… more titles to come as January 2021 gets closer!