Book Club

The Morton-James Public Library Book Club meets on the third Thursday of the month at 2:00 pm in the Kimmel Gallery. New members and visitors are always welcome. Some titles are available in print and CD as well as an ebook through OverDrive. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Book Club meetings are being held on Zoom. If you would like to be added to the reading list contact the library at 402-873-5609 or email mortonjameslibrary@gmail.com

The 2021 Book Club Reading List

February 16, 2021

 28 Summers By Elin Hilderbrand

When Mallory Blessing’s son, Link, receives deathbed instructions from his mother to call a number on a slip of paper in her desk drawer, he’s not sure what to expect. But he certainly does not expect Jake McCloud to answer. It’s the late spring of 2020 and Jake’s wife, Ursula DeGournsey, is the frontrunner in the upcoming Presidential election. There must be a mistake, Link thinks.

Flash back to the sweet summer of 1993: Mallory has just inherited a beachfront cottage on Nantucket from her aunt, and she agrees to host her brother’s bachelor party. Cooper’s friend from college, Jake McCloud, attends, and Jake and Mallory form a bond that will persevere — through marriage, children, and Ursula’s stratospheric political rise — until Mallory learns she’s dying.

March 16, 2021

All the Gallant Men by Donald Stratton

At 8:06 a.m. on December 7, 1941, Seaman 1st Class Donald Stratton was consumed by an inferno. A million pounds of explosives had detonated beneath his battle station aboard the USS Arizona, barely fifteen minutes into Japan’s surprise attack on American forces at Pearl Harbor. Near death and burned across two thirds of his body, Don, a nineteen-year-old Nebraskan who had been steeled by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, summoned the will to haul himself hand over hand across a rope tethered to a neighboring vessel.

In this extraordinary never-before-told eyewitness   account of the Pearl Harbor attack—the only memoir ever written by a survivor of the USS Arizona—ninety-four-year-old veteran Donald Stratton finally shares his unforgettable personal tale of bravery and survival.

The Library Book Club will also discuss the One Book One Community selection for 2021 Matilda by Roald Dahl at the March 16, 2021 meeting.

Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It’ll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!