How About a Guys Book Group?

Are you a guy? Do you like to read? If you answered yes to these questions, why not join the Robbins Library’s Guys Book Group? Library director Ryan Livergood gathers guys at the Fox branch on the first Wednesday of every month at 7 pm to talk about that month’s book.

Here’s a sampling of the books we’ve read:

October 2012: The Fault in Our Stars

November: Shadow Divers

December: Confederacy of Dunces

January 2013: Casino Royale

February: The Professor and the Madman

Here’s what we’ve got coming up. Take a gander at the list and stop by for one or more of the discussions.  (Note: the descriptions are taken from Goodreads.com)

March 6th: The Great Gatsby (In honor of Gatsby Month)

A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author’s generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald’s–and his country’s–most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter–tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning–” Gatsby’s rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream.

April 3rd: Into Africa : the epic adventures of Stanley & Livingstone

With the utterance of a single line—“Doctor Livingstone, I presume?”—a remote meeting in the heart of Africa was transformed into one of the most famous encounters in exploration history. But the true story behind Dr. David Livingstone and journalist Henry Morton Stanley is one that has escaped telling. Into Africa is an extraordinarily researched account of a thrilling adventure—defined by alarming foolishness, intense courage, and raw human achievement.

May 1st: A is for Argonaut (The author, Michael Stedman, will be on hand for this one!)

Mack Maran, the most skilled op his nation ever had, stands outside the courthouse at Ft. Bragg, home of his “non-existent” unit. America’s unsung hero has been betrayed, ambushed, and disgraced in a mission to rescue young American idealists held by African terrorists. His enemies, led by a major illegal arms dealer in league with Islamist terrorists, are cunning and treacherous. But they don’t count on Maran’s tenacity. He plans to hunt down the enemies who butchered his men, hobbled his health, and defiled his honor-and then kill them. He sets up his own spy firm and finds he’s not a lone victim. The strong and independent diamond courier, Amber Chu, leads Mack on a race to free her kidnapped son and destroy their common enemy. Together they plunge through a maze of danger and intrigue to unravel a massive diamond scam that takes them from the U.S. Diamond Board, to the gemstone cutting tables of Antwerp, to the Congo-and back to the nation’s capital. Maran’s probe exposes the dark side of unbridled idealism at the highest levels, where the thirst for wealth and power meet.

June 5th: Skeletons on the Zahara : a true story of survival

Everywhere hailed as a masterpiece of historical adventure, this enthralling narrative recounts the experiences of twelve American sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815, captured by desert nomads, sold into slavery, and subjected to a hellish two-month journey through the bone-dry heart of the Sahara. The ordeal of these men – who found themselves tested by barbarism, murder, starvation, death, dehydration, and hostile tribes that roamed the desert on camelback – is made indelibly vivid in this gripping account of courage, brotherhood, and surviva

July 10: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin

The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.

A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another, including with the suprisingly honorable first chief of the Gestapo, Rudolf Diels. But as evidence of Jewish persecution mounts, confirmed by chilling first-person testimony, her father telegraphs his concerns to a largely indifferent State Department back home. Dodd watches with alarm as Jews are attacked, the press is censored, and drafts of frightening new laws begin to circulate. As that first year unfolds and the shadows deepen, the Dodds experience days full of excitement, intrigue, romance—and ultimately, horror, when a climactic spasm of violence and murder reveals Hitler’s true character and ruthless ambition.

If any of the above books sounds like something you’d enjoy, pick up a copy and come join in on the discussion.

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