Decorah Public Library announces December book discussions

Decorah Public Library staff are hosting four book discussions in December.

The groups are open to the public and newcomers are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested should call the library at 382-3717 to learn more or to reserve a book.

The Happy Hour Book Group will meet at Rubaiyat Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 5:15 p. m. to discuss titles attendees would like to recommend to the group.

Attendees will be encouraged to share with the group their favorite reading experiences from the past few months.

The Speculative Fiction Book Group will meet Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 5:15 p. m. on the second floor of the library to discuss Tamsyn Muir’s “Gideon the Ninth.”

Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude, but her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service. Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House, has been summoned into action.

The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds, she will become an all-powerful servant of the Resurrection—but without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.

The History Book Group will meet at 6 p. m. Thursday, Dec. 19, on the second floor of the library to discuss David O. Stewart’s “Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy.”

Future meetings of the History Book Group also will be held at 6 p. m.

In 1868, Congress impeached President Andrew Johnson of Tennessee, the man who had succeeded the murdered Lincoln.

Enraged to see the freed slaves abandoned to brutal violence at the hands of their former owners, congressional Republicans seized on a legal technicality as the basis for impeachment—whether Johnson had the legal right to fire his own secretary of war.

David Stewart challenges the

traditional version of this pivotal moment in American history and explains how the Tennessean squandered Lincoln’s political legacy of equality and fairness and helped force the freed slaves into a brutal form of agricultural peonage across the South.

The Friday Book Group will meet at 2 p. m. Friday, Dec. 20, on the second floor of the library to discuss Felicity Hayes-McCoy’s “The Library at the Edge of the World.”

Driving her mobile library van through Finfarran’s farms and villages, local librarian Hanna Casey tries not to think of the sophisticated London life she abandoned when she left her cheating husband.

With her daughter Jazz travelling the world and her relationship with her mother growing increasingly fraught, Hanna decides to reclaim her independence.

Then, when the threatened closure of her library puts her plans in jeopardy, she finds herself leading a battle to restore the heart and soul of the fragmented community. Will she also find the new life she’s been searching for?

For more information, contact Carmen Buss (Friday Book Group) or Kristin Torresdal (Happy Hour, History, and Speculative Fiction Book Groups) at 563-382-3717.

211 W. Water St. Decorah