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Thursday Night Book Club -- February, 2018

On the evening after Valentine's Day, the Thursday Night Book Club filled the Board Room on the main floor of the library to capacity to discuss The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Published in 2005 and marketed as a YA novel in the United States (although as an adult novel elsewhere), The Book Thief has been translated into more than 40 languages, has spent over 500 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has been a #1 bestseller in such countries as Brazil, Ireland and Taiwan and is among the top five bestselling novels in Israel, the United Kingdom and South Korea. Over 10 million copies of the book have been sold. The Book Thief opens at the beginning of 1939 in Germany. 9 year old Liesel Meminger is taken in by foster parents who live in the town of Molching, which lies along the River Amper outside of Munich and on the road to Dachau. Liesel does not know how to read, but she is fascinated by books and steals them whenever the opportunity arises. Liesel's loving foster…

Fairy Tales

Rosa Santana has been working at the Wallingford Public Library for almost ten years. She grew up in Wallingford and was encouraged to apply to the library for her first job by the mother of her closest friend. Rosa began working as a page, and after a few years, she was promoted. She now works both on the Circulation Desk and in the Children's Room. Rosa is a history junkie, especially about the United States and Ancient Egypt. She is a big Disney fan and also loves superheroes, especially the Avengers, Captain America, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. If you've inspected the Staff Picks display in the North Main Book Nook lately, you'll also have figured out that Rosa loves to read, as her book picks are currently filling 1/4 of the display. Her favorite books are children's and young adult adventures, mysteries and suspense novels, historical fiction, Christian fiction, steampunk and, as she explains below, fairy tales.

Ever since I was little I have been a fan o…

Winter by Ali Smith

Winter is the season when nature lies dormant, when the light is at its low point, when the world seems dead. Ali Smith's captivating new novel, Winter, begins with an extraordinary list of all the things that are "dead," which seems to encompass everything -- "God was dead: to begin with," Smith writes, and not just God, but chivalry, history, the welfare state, neoliberalism, hope, TV, marriage, flowers, religion, the media, the internet and love. But if there is anything Winterisn't, it's dead. Like the rest of this wonderful novel, this list of supposedly dead things is filled with vitality, word play and teasing fun.


Ali Smith was born in Inverness, Scotland in 1962. She is the author of nine novels and five short story collections. Her first collection of short stories, Free Love and Other Stories, won the Saltire First Book Award in 1995. Her second novel, Hotel World, won three awards and was shortlisted for both the Orange Prize and the Man Bo…