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Eagle Harbor Book Group, 2016

Welcome to the web site for the Eagle Harbor Book Group. This site is designed to allow members a chance to nominate books for discussion, display the current voting status of books once voting opens, and to list the schedule of books and locations once the voting closes. The appearance of this page will change as readers nominate books, vote, and a schedule is created with the most current activity appearing near the top of the page.

The menu at the top allows members to review the books discussed in past seasons so that they can recall what was discussed and when as well as to review books that were nominated but not discussed. You can use this 'past years' menu to see what we discussed last summer, who lead the discussions, etc

Books, Refreshments, and Meeting Schedule, Summer 2016

July 5, 2016
Here's the Summer 2016 schedule including the book, location, and lead speaker. You will see that it also mentions who is currently scheduled for refreshments and if necessary, how many more folks we need to sign up for refreshments. Please call Jo-Jo (207-751-3364) or e-mail ( if you can provide refreshments for the dates needed.
July 10 -- Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin; Jo-Jo leading. At Lesley DuTemple's, Road 2, Eagle River. Refreshments: Bonnie Hay, Elaine Rysiewicz, Jo-Jo
July 24th -- Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, MD; Jack Marta leading. Community Building. 3 refreshment providers needed .
August 7th -- A Man Called Ove by Fredric Gackman; Ellie Dahlstrom leading. At Jack Marta's, Road 9, Eagle River. 2 refreshment providers needed.
August 21st -- Poetry Night. Community Building. 3 refreshment providers needed.
Sept. 4th (Labor Day weekend) -- Johnstown Flood by David McCullough; Mary Beth Tallon leading. At Freshwater's. 3 refreshment providers needed . 

Voting 2016
The polls opened on April 2 and will close at midnight, eastern standard time (as listed on your email) on April 15, 2016.

4-16-2016 The votes are in and counted. We had 22 people who voted for their favorite choices. The final votes are listed below.

As of 9:00 A.M. on 4-6-2016 we have 8 people who have voted. Here are the votes as they now stand. Don't forget voting ends April 15.

Books Suggested for 2016
Votes Book
16 A Man called Ove, suggested byEllie Dahlstrom
15 Being Mortal , suggested by Jack Marta
8 Team of Rivals, suggested by Mary Beth Tallon
8 The Johnstown Flood, suggested by Mary Beth Tallon
7 H is for Hawk, suggested by Patricia Van Pelt
4 Go Set A Watchman, suggested by Nancy Wakeman
4 My Brilliant Friend, suggested by Patricia Van Pelt
4 The Devil in the Grove, suggested by JoJo Bollinger
4 The Invention of Wings, suggested by Elaine Wildman
3 Prince of the Marshes, suggested by Sue Church
3 Stones Fall, suggested by Sue Church
3 The Kentucky Cycle, suggested by Mary Beth Tallon
2 Crooked Hearts, suggested by Patricia Van Pelt
2 Why Homer Matters, suggested by Sue Church
0 Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki, suggested by Sue Church

Nominations/Discussion for 2016

This list appears in the sequence in which I receive the nominations. Thus the first nomination will appear at the bottom of the list and the last nomination received at the top. Larry

March 30, 2016, Nancy Wakeman nominated  Go Set A Watchman - Author- Harper Lee. From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—"Scout"—returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a MockingbirdGo Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one's own conscience.

March 25, 2016, Ellie Dahlstrom nominated A Man called Ove by--Fredrik Gackman. It was on the New York Times Best Seller list with good reason. It is a delightful story of an older man, a curmudgeon who has been forced to retire at an early age. He checks his house and surrounding area for security and to see that all are obeying the rules.His rules are shattered with the coming of a young family with a pregnant wife and small children. "This starts a very amusing, heartwarming and frequently very sad story as Ove's rigidly structured world is disrupted." (Amazon)  I thoroughly enjoyed this well written novel.

March 24, 2016, Patricia Van Pelt sent a note sending her greeting to everyone. She said that even thought she won't be with us this summer she had some nominations, including H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald. Not to be missed!!! An extraordinary book combining superb understanding of hawks and hunting with them with mourning the death of her father. Beautiful writing. A book from the heart that goes to the heart of the human condition. Award winner.

March 24, 2016, Patricia Van Pelt also nominated My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante. Book One of the Neapolitan Novels. An intense exploration of the friendship between Lila and the story’s narrator, Elena.
The story of a lifelong friendship.A brilliant Italian modern writer. 

March 24, 2016, Patricia Van Pelt also nominated Crooked Hearts by Lissa Evans. A charming, unusual portrait of two souls, a petty criminal and an orphan boy genius. Takes place in wartime London and is a moving assessment of what Home’ means.

March 24, 2016, Sue Church nominated Why Homer Matters by Adam Nicolson. Like the author, many of us know Homer from the way it was Greek with a dictionary or in closely translated poetry where it was revered as "literature"..That was how the author knew (and ignored) it until an epiphany..when it opened up as a story of a people, a time, and both  timeless and personal . That is how it could be with us??

March 24, 2016, Sue Church nominated Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki by Huruki Murakami. An average, Japanese, young man suffers a trauma and gets on with his colorless life. At a point he is told "you can hide memories but you cannot erase history" and , being ready to hear this, he takes action. Murakami is an interesting voice from a different culture. 

March 24, 2016, Sue Church nominated Stones Fall by Ian Pears. An author with a deeply philosophical mind. This book is a mystery story told from different characters. An interesting mystery with more depth than an average page turner.

March 24, 2016, Sue Church nominated Prince of the Marshes by Rory Stewart. An account by R. Stewart of his year in southern Iraq early on in the war....he was an official from Britain running an area, trying to improve the lives of the people in practical ways.  It was such an eye opener to me of the immensity of the job and the situation and the west's place in it. 

March 17, 2016 Jack Marta nominated Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, M.D. The book states that Medicine falls short in dealing with aging and death. Gawande, through research, personal stories and professional experience suggests ways to help people with their anxieties and fears and how health providers can better serve us when we encounter aging and the final decisions which must be made when death is being faced. The eight chapters include headings such as: Dependence, Assistance, Letting Go, Hard Conversations and Courage.  Also discussed are: patient-physician relations, palliative care and hospice environments. The contents of the book are fertile ground for a  lively discussion.

March 15, 2016 JoJo Bollinger added the following to our list of nominations: I suggest The Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys and the Dawn of the New America by Gilbert King. Published in 2012, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, this title's "drama and pathos make it a page turner" but at the same time it is a "thoroughgoing study of one of the most important civil-rights cases argued by Thurgood Marshall in dismantling Jim Crow strictures... Deeply researched and superbly composed."

March 14, 2016 Elaine Wildman nominated The Invention of Wings, by Sarah Monk Kidd.  A historical novel, the story follows "Hettie" Grimke, a slave, (fictional) and Sarah Grimke, daughter of a wealthy Charleston family who is uncomfortable from an early age at the treatment of the family's slaves and the superficial culture into which she is supposed to fit.  "Hettie" is  a young slave, given to Sarah on her 10th birthday. Sarah and her younger sister become (really) the most prominent women speakers for the abolitionist movement.  It's a powerful and sweeping novel which describes the parallel lives of slave and mistress.

March 13, 2016 Mary Beth Tallon nominated The Kentucky Cycle by Robert Schenkkan. 1992 Pulitzer Prize. The protagonist of this cycle of 9 short plays is a magnificent piece of land above the Shilling Creek in Eastern Kentucky.  The sell-out, depredation, and hopeful restoration of this land is reflected in the lives of seven generations, over two centuries in American history.  It is a fascinating and surprisingly quick read; the characters are vivid (and easily followed); the issues so relevant to today and particularly to Keweenaw County!  Would it be good to present one of the plays ( as an intro to the discussion?  I would be glad to coordinate that event.

Mary Beth Tallon notes: Two of the best books I have read in the last decade are:

March 13, 2016 Mary Beth Tallon nominated Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin - nominated by Mary Beth Tallon. This book is a striking page-turner — a picture of Lincoln who risked naming his political rivals to his cabinet. It focuses on the "mostly successful attempts to reconcile conflicting personalities and political factions on the path to abolition and victory in the American Civil War." At this moment in our political history, the idea of a great reconciler would be interesting to discuss. A wonderful bio of Lincoln!!!

March 13, 2016 Mary Beth Tallon nominated The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough - nominated by Mary Beth Tallon.  Above Johnstown, PA, an articificial dam held back a lake for the summer pleasure of some of America’s most important industrialists.  Below the old dam, a coal/steel town of ordinary folk.  Despite the evident danger, nothing was done to repair the dam.  When it burst, more than 2000 people were killed and the town destroyed. The event turned into a national scandal, highlighting the disparity between the “haves” and “have-nots.”   A great read (pictures too) and an ever more relevant theme.


Winter Notes, 2016

We are creating a list of books that members are reading this winter. To see who's reading what select the "I've Been Reading" option on the menu above and select 2015-16. Be sure to send your book suggestions to Larry at . (Note: This is not a list or request for nominations for our summer discussion series, that list will appear later.

November 23, 2015- Virginia Jamison just sent in the first selection for the "I've Been Reading List". Check out the menu above to see what she submitted.
November 24, 2015 - Jack Marta just added a description of the six books he's read since September and the two that he is now reading.
December 29, 2015 - Elaine Wildman submitted two books she's read and a look at what's next on her list.
Decemmber 312 - As the old year ended Jo Josent in a list of six books she's read as well as two that she's considering for her next choice.
February 8 - 2016 - Paul LaVanway, Sue Church, and Larry Molloy all added books to the "Ive Been Reading" list.
February 12, 2016 - Jack Marta aded several more books to his list.
March 1, 2016 - I added two books from Bonnie Hay (2-27-2016) and two from Ellie Dahlstrom (2-29-2016).
March 4, 2016 - Elaine Wildman added another book.
March 13, 2016 - Nancy Waakeman added a book to our 'I've been reading list'