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Nonfiction Book Discussion:
Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell
Tuesday December 1st at 7:30 p.m.

Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

Please join us for a discussion of Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell on Wednesday December 1st at 7:30 p.m.
In this thoughtful treatise spurred by the 2015 death of African-American academic Sandra Bland in jail after a traffic stop, New Yorker writer Gladwell aims to figure out the strategies people use to assess strangers- to “analyze, critique them, figure out where they came from, figure out how to fix them,” in other words: to understand how to balance trust and safety. He uses a variety of examples from history and recent headlines to illustrate that people size up the motivations, emotions, and trustworthiness of those they don’t know both wrongly and with misplaced confidence.
The popular podcast host and author explores how people interact with strangers and why these exchanges often go wrong, offering strategic tips for more accurate and productive interactions.
Copies of the book are available on Libby and may also be reserved for curbside pickup at the library.
Connect via the Zoom App or Dial in by your location +1 646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 846 0497 0084
Passcode: 11050

 

Fiction Book Discussion:
Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid
Tuesday December 15th at 7:30 p.m.
Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Please join us for a discussion of Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid on Tuesday December 15th at 7:30 p.m.

Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store’s security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right.

But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix’s past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.

With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone “family,” and the complicated reality of being a grown up. It is a searing debut for our times.

Copies of the book are available on Libby and may also be reserved for curbside pickup at the library.

Connect via the Zoom App or Dial in by your location  +1 646 558 8656

Meeting ID: 837 0305 6686

Passcode: 11050

 

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