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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

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


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Reading History

Alone at Dawn by Dan Schilling & Lori Chapman Longfritz
"The astonishing true account of John Chapman, Medal of Honor recipient and Special Ops Combat Controller, and his heroic one-man stand during the Afghan War, as he sacrificed his life to save the lives of 23 comrades-in-arms. In the predawn hours of March 4, 2002, just below the 10,469-foot peak of a mountain in eastern Afghanistan, a fierce battle raged. Outnumbered by Al Qaeda fighters, Air Force Combat Controller John Chapman and a handful of Navy SEALs struggled to take the summit in a desperate bid to find a lost teammate. Chapman, leading the charge, was gravely wounded in the initial assault. Believing he was dead, his SEAL leader ordered a retreat. Chapman regained consciousness alone, with the enemy closing in on three sides. John Chapman's subsequent display of incredible valor -- first saving the lives of his SEAL teammates and then, knowing he was mortally wounded, single-handedly engaging two dozen hardened fighters to save the lives of an incoming rescue squad -- posthumously earned him the Medal of Honor. Chapman is the first airman in nearly fifty years to be given the distinction reserved for America's greatest heroes. Alone at Dawn is also a behind-the-scenes look at the Air Force Combat Controllers: the world's deadliest and most versatile special operations force, whose members must not only exceed the qualifications of Navy SEAL and Army Delta Force teams but also act with sharp decisiveness and deft precision -- even in the face of life-threatening danger. Drawing from firsthand accounts, classified documents, dramatic video footage, and extensive interviews with leaders and survivors of the operation, Alone at Dawn is the story of an extraordinary man's brave last stand and the brotherhood that forged him."--Provided by publisher.

Wednesday, April 8  |    6:00 pm
Timbercreek Bar & Grill  |  14 E. Amity St, Louisburg

Discussion led by Spencer

Alone at Dawn by Schilling
Alone at Dawn by Schilling

Titles Read in 2020

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter, thirty-ninth President, Nobel Peace Prize winner, international humanitarian, fisherman, reflects on his full and happy life with pride, humor, and a few second thoughts. At ninety, Jimmy Carter reflects on his public and private life with a frankness that is disarming. He adds detail and emotion about his youth in rural Georgia that he described in his magnificent An Hour Before Daylight. He writes about racism and the isolation of the Carters. He describes the brutality of the hazing regimen at Annapolis, and how he nearly lost his life twice serving on submarines and his amazing interview with Admiral Rickover. He describes the profound influence his mother had on him, and how he admired his father even though he didn't emulate him. He admits that he decided to quit the Navy and later enter politics without consulting his wife, Rosalynn, and how appalled he is in retrospect. In A Full Life, Carter tells what he is proud of and what he might do differently. He discusses his regret at losing his re-election, but how he and Rosalynn pushed on and made a new life and second and third rewarding careers. He is frank about the presidents who have succeeded him, world leaders, and his passions for the causes he cares most about, particularly the condition of women and the deprived people of the developing world. This is a wise and moving look back from this remarkable man. Jimmy Carter has lived one of our great American lives-from rural obscurity to world fame, universal respect, and contentment. A Full Life is an extraordinary read.

Wednesday, May 13  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library
Discussion led by Dave

TBA
Wednesday, June 10  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library
Discussion led by Gene

Becoming by Michelle Obama
An intimate memoir by the former First Lady chronicles the experiences that have shaped her remarkable life, from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago through her setbacks and achievements in the White House.

Wednesday, July 8  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library
Discussion led by Tom

Becoming by Obama
Becoming by Obama

Heartland by Sarah Smarsh
During Smarsh's turbulent childhood in Kansas in the '80s and '90s, the forces of cyclical poverty and the country's changing economic policies solidified her family's place among the working poor. Her personal history affirms the corrosive impact intergenerational poverty can have on individuals, families, and communities. Combining memoir with powerful analysis and cultural commentary, this is an uncompromising look at class, identity, and the particular perils of having less in a country known for its excess.

Wednesday, August 12  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library
Discussion led by Marvin

Heartland by Smarsh
Heartland by Smarsh

TBA
Wednesday, September 9  |  6:00 pm
Timbercreek Bar & Grill |  14 E. Amity St. Louisburg
Discussion led by TBD

A Test of Wills by Charles Todd
Ian Rutledge returns to his career at Scotland Yard after years fighting in the First World War. Unknown to his colleagues he is still suffering from shell shock, and is burdened with the guilt of having had executed a young soldier on the battlefield for refusing to fight. A jealous colleague has learned of his secret and has managed to have Rutledge assigned to a difficult case which could spell disaster for Rutledge whatever the outcome. A retired officer has been murdered, and Rutledge fighting the torment of his illness goes to investigate. As he digs into the lives of the villagers, the witness who disturbs him most is a war-ravaged ex-soldier who chills Rutledge with the realization that he could become like this man.

Wednesday, November 11  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library
Discussion led by Devin

TBA
Wednesday, December 9  |  6:00 pm
Timbercreek Bar & Grill |  14 E. Amity St. Louisburg
Discussion led by TBD

A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron  
This is the remarkable story of one endearing dog's search for his purpose over the course of several lives. More than just another charming dog story, this touches on the universal quest for an answer to life's most basic question: Why are we here? Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of 8 year old Ethan. During their countless adventures Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose? Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh out loud funny, this book is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog's many lives, but also a dog's eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man's best friend. This story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

Wednesday, March 11  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library
Discussion led by Jim

Dogs Purpose
Dogs Purpose

Download: Guys Read Booklist 2009-2019.pdf

Dracula by Stoker
Test of Wills by Todd
Test of Wills by Todd
Full Life by Jimmy Carter Full Life by Jimmy 
Carter

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
1 Book, 1 Burg: Louisburg Reads
Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.

Wednesday, October 14  |  7:00 pm  |  Louisburg Library
Discussion led by Holly

Curious Incident by Haddon
Curious Incident by Haddon