Books & More: Thematic Discussion Group

Theme for August: Wildlife on Cape Cod 

Focus book for August 1, 2023 at 6:30

Return of the Osprey: a season of flight and wonder by David Gessner

This book is a classic about watching Ospreys on Cape Cod, but you do not have to read this particular book.  Please come and talk with us about nature on Cape Cod.  Share your stories about birds, coyotes, bunnies, fisher cats, whatever you want to talk about.  Let us know other great books you have read or documentaries you have seen that you would recommend and come and share your knowledge with others.  
Other titles worth a look:

  • Anything else by David Gessner including Soaring with Fidel: an Osprey odyssey from Cape Cod to Cuba and beyond
  • Other bird books: look in call number 598 for books about owls, hawks, hummingbirds, quails, finches etc.  

Theme for September: True Crime on Cape Cod

Focus book for September 19, 2023 at 6:30PM

Helltown: the untold story of a serial killer on Cape Cod by Casey Sherman  

Other titles worth a look:

  • Invisible Eden 
  • When Evil Rules
  • Cape Cod Confidential 
  • The year with disappeared 

Theme for October: Indigenous Peoples

Focus book for October 17, 2023 at 6:30PM

Indigenous Continent by Pekka Hämäläinen  

Other titles worth a look:

  • The Indian World Of George Washington by Colin Calloway
  • 1491by Charles C.Mann
  • An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer
  • On Savage Shoresby Caroline Dodds Pennock
  • Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
  • The year with disappeared 

Films and Documentaries:

  • We Shall Remain (2029 PBS)
  • 500 Nations (1995 CBS)

Theme for November: Lincoln

Focus book for November 21, 2023 at 6:30PM

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin  

Other titles worth a look:

  • Literally 1,600 other books about Lincoln exist, including:
  • Lincoln by David Herbert Donald
  • Lincoln by Gore Vidal
  • Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson
  • Lincoln’s Last Trial by Dan Abrams
  • And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle by Jon Meacham
  • Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
  • Speeches and Writings 1832–1858 by Abraham Lincoln

Films and Documentaries:

  • Lincoln (2012 biographical film based on Team of Rivals)
  • Abraham Lincoln (2022 documentary)

Past Selections

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