Monday, September 10
Macedon Public Library has invited community members to lead book discussions this fall focused on some of our most popular books. We’ll be holding these discussions at different times throughout the week so that everyone has a chance to attend.
On September 10, we kick off our book discussion series with the riveting A House in the Sky, led by Jeanine Hensel. This true story by Amanda Lindhout focuses on her fifteen month abduction in Somalia. This New York Times bestselling memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most remote places and then into captivity is “Exquisitely told…A young woman’s harrowing coming-of-age story and an extraordinary narrative of forgiveness and spiritual triumph” (The New York Times Book Review).
At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress, Amanda Lindhout began saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in 2008, she traveled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.” On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road.
Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark. It’s a brilliant tale, well told, and we hope you will read it and join us on the 10th.
Meanwhile, mark your calendars for Monday, September 17 at 4:00 p.m., when Mary Van Keuren will lead a discussion of rock-star-scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s latest work, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. This is an easier read than you might think, and is packed full of mind-boggling facts about our universe.
Both of these books are available at the Macedon Public Library. Pick up your copy today!