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Book Discussions

October 2020

Book Discussion: The Mountains Sing

Virtual Event

October 14 1:30pm to 2:30pm

The Mountains Sing is available to download with your Tinley Park library card! Print copies of the book are also available on the first floor of the library.

 

Click here for the eBook:

https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12478541

 

Click here for the eAudioBook:

https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12939720

This is a virtual event—it will not be held at the library. The live event is interactive, and you may be visible to other participants.

 

Need help using Zoom? Visit tplibrary.org/faqs#zoom to get started.

"Over the last two decades we have been gifted with works by Vietnamese writers who have brought us into the consciousness of those that Americans saw only as backdrops for their own stories. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai not only adds to that rich body of work, she daringly transcends it."

- Wayne Karlin, author of Wandering Souls
"Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai has written a wonderful, intricate story of the lives of a Vietnamese family trying to make it through generations of war. The Mountains Sing is a beautiful story of the simple challenge of keeping a family together and the courage of perseverance. It is told with the sureness of a master storyteller with a poet's spirit. A large and complicated story, marvelous to read."

- Larry Heinemann, author of Paco's Story, winner of the National Book Award
"The Mountains Sing is an epic account of Việt Nam's painful 20th century history, both vast in scope and intimate in its telling. Through the travails of one family, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai brings us close to the horrors of famine, war, and class struggle. But in this moving and riveting novel, she also shows us a postwar Việt Nam, a country of hope and renewal, home to a people who have never ...

- Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize

Book Discussion: The Lager Queen of Minnesota

Virtual Event

October 15 7:30pm to 8:30pm

The Lager Queen of Minnesota is available to download with your Tinley Park library card! Print copies of the book are also available on the first floor of the library.

 

Click here for the eBook:

https://mediaondemand.overdrive.com/mediaondemand-tinleypark/content/med...

 

Click here for the eAudioBook:

https://mediaondemand.overdrive.com/mediaondemand-tinleypark/content/med...

This is a virtual event—it will not be held at the library. The live event is interactive, and you may be visible to other participants.

 

Need help using Zoom? Visit tplibrary.org/faqs#zoom to get started.

A National Bestseller!
"The perfect pick-me-up on a hot summer day."
—Washington Post

"[A] charmer of a tale. . . Warm, witty and—like any good craft beer—complex, the saga delivers a subtly feminist and wholly life-affirming message."
—People Magazine

A novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate and the secrets of making a world-class beer, from the bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest
Two sisters, one farm. A family is split when their father leaves their shared inheritance entirely to Helen, his younger daughter. Despite baking award-winning pies at the local nursing home, her older sister, Edith, struggles to make what most people would call a living. So she can't help wondering what her life would have been like with even a portion of the farm money her sister kept for herself.
With the proceeds from the farm, Helen builds one of the most successful light breweries in the country, and makes their company motto ubiquitous: "Drink lots. It's Blotz." Where Edith has a heart as big as Minnesota, Helen's is as rigid as a steel keg. Yet one day, Helen will find she needs some help herself, and she could find a potential savior close to home. . . if it's not too late.
Meanwhile, Edith's granddaughter, Diana, grows up knowing that the real world requires a tougher constitution than her grandmother possesses. She earns a shot at learning the IPA business from the ground up—will that change their fortunes forever, and perhaps reunite her splintered family?
Here we meet a cast of lovable, funny, quintessentially American characters eager to make their mark in a world that's often stacked against them. In this deeply affecting family saga, resolution can take generations, but when it finally comes, we're surprised, moved, and delighted.