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GUYS READ Ages 17+
Book Discussions Just for Guys Led by Guys

“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Read the book!
Books are distributed at the previous month’s discussion, or check one out at the library.

Discuss at the library!
Meet to discuss on the 2nd Wednesday of Each Month, 7:00 – 8:00 pm at Louisburg Library.


Contact Holly McLain at [email protected] or 837-2217 for more information.

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2022 Schedule
This schedule is subject to change as needed.

 

Concussion by Jeanne Marie Laskas
In 2002 forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu picked up a scalpel in a Pittsburgh morgue and made a discovery that would rattle America. The body on the slab in front of him belonged to a fifty-year-old named Mike Webster, aka "Iron Mike," a Hall of Fame center for the Pittsburgh Steelers. After retiring in 1990, Webster had suffered a dizzyingly steep decline. The search for answers put Omalu in the crosshairs of one of the most powerful corporations in America: the National Football League. Iron Mike's mental deterioration caused by blows to the head that could affect everyone playing the game-- the one truth the NFL wanted to ignore.
Wednesday, February 9  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library
- contact Holly for Zoom information
Discussion led by James G.

 

Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog and Richard Erdoes
Mary Brave Bird grew up fatherless in a one-room cabin, without running water or electricity, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Rebelling against the aimless drinking, punishing missionary school, narrow strictures for women, and violence and hopelessness of reservation life, she joined the new movement of tribal pride sweeping Native American communities in the sixties and seventies. Mary eventually married Leonard Crow Dog, the American Indian Movement's chief medicine man, who revived the sacred but outlawed Ghost Dance.
Wednesday, March 9  |  6:00 pm  
Timbercreek Bar & Grill  |  14 E. Amity St.
Discussion led by Royce M.

 

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
On the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. Kalanithi chronicles his transformation from a naïve medical student into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.
Wednesday, April 13  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library
- contact Holly for Zoom information
Discussion led by Marvin B.


TBA
Wednesday, May 11  |  6:00 pm  
Timbercreek Bar & Grill |  14 E. Amity St.
Discussion led by David M.

 

John Henry Days by Colson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead's eagerly awaited and triumphantly acclaimed new novel is on one level a multifaceted retelling of the story of John Henry, the black steel-driver who died outracing a machine designed to replace him. On another level it's the story of a disaffected, middle-aged black journalist on a mission to set a record for junketeering who attends the annual John Henry Days festival. It is also a high-velocity thrill ride through the tunnel where American legend gives way to American pop culture, replete with p. r. flacks, stamp collectors, blues men , and turn-of-the-century song pluggers. John Henry Days is an acrobatic, intellectually dazzling, and laugh-out-loud funny book that will be read and talked about for years to come.

Wednesday, June 8  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library
- contact Holly for Zoom information
Discussion led by Spencer E
.

 

The Way I Heard It by Mike Rowe
"Emmy-award winning gadfly Mike Rowe presents a ... collection of his favorite episodes from America's #1 short-form podcast, The Way I Heard It, along with a host of memories, ruminations, illustrations, and insights"-- Provided by publisher.
Wednesday, July 13  |  6:00 pm
Timbercreek Bar & Grill  |  14 E. Amity St.
Discussion led by Gene S.

 

TBA
Wednesday, August 10  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library
- contact Holly for Zoom information

 

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
"In all ways a great novel, a nonstop pleasure brimming with charm, personal wisdom, and philosophic insight.this book more than fulfills the promise of Towles' stylish debut, Rules of Civility." - Kirkus Reviews (starred) From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility--a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel With his breakout debut novel, Rules of Civility, Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction, bringing late 1930s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style. Readers and critics were enchanted; as NPR commented, "Towles writes with grace and verve about the mores and manners of a society on the cusp of radical change." A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count's endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose"-- Provided by publisher.
Wednesday, September 14  |  6:00 pm
Timbercreek Bar & Grill |  14 E. Amity St.
Discussion led by Spencer E.

 

One Book, One Burg: Louisburg Reads 2022
TBA
Wednesday, October 12  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library
- contact Holly for Zoom information
Discussion led by Holly M.

 

The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner
"The Kings family has lived on Loosewood Island for three hundred years, blessed with the bounty of the sea. But for the Kings, this blessing comes with a curse: the loss of every firstborn son. Now, Woody Kings, the leader of the island's lobster fishing community and the family patriarch, teeters on the throne, and Cordelia, the oldest of Woody's three daughters, stands to inherit the crown. To do so, however, she must defend her island from meth dealers from the mainland while navigating sibling rivalry and the vulnerable nature of her own heart when she falls in love with her sternman." --Book jacket.
Wednesday, November 9  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library
- contact Holly for Zoom information
Discussion led by Gene S.

 

Our First Civil War by H.W. Brands
"New York Times bestselling historian H. W. Brands offers a fresh and riveting narrative of the American Revolution that shows it to be more than a fight against the British, but also a violent battle among neighbors forced to choose sides, Loyalist and Patriot"-- Provided by publisher.
Wednesday, December 14  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library
- contact Holly for Zoom information
Discussion led by Spencer E.

 

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John Henry Days by Whitehead
Our First Civil War by Brands
Concussion by Laskas
Lakota Woman by Crow Dog
Way I Heard It by Rowe
When Breath Becomes Air by Kalanithi