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Non-Fiction Book Discussion

Meeting information for the Non-Fiction Book Discussion. Meets by the north fireplace.

Our next meeting will be on
Monday, December 18th at 6:00 p.m.
by the north fireplace

Book of Joy

Copies of The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama will be available at the Circulation Desk prior to the meeting date. For more information about this group, contact Jill Hansen-Aune at the Reference Desk; 231-928-0256 or via email at

From the back cover:

We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding - "tribes". This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.

Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians - but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life. The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans today.

Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, Tribe explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning. It explains the irony that - for many veterans as well as civilians - war feels better than peace, adversity can turn out to be a blessing, and disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical vacations. Tribe explains why we are stronger when we come together and how that can be achieved even in today's divided world.

Past Book Group Selections:
November 2023 - Tribe by Sebastian Junger
October 2023 - Spook by Mary Roach
September 2023 - The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
August 2023 - Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
June 2023 - Feather Brained by Bob Tarte
May 2023 - As Long as I Know You: The Mom Book by Anne-Marie Oomen
April 2023 - Poet Warrior by Joy Harjo
March 2023 - The Agitators by Dorothy Wickenden
February 2023 - Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
January 2023 - Midnight Rising by Tony Horowitz
December 2022 - Christmas in Plains by Jimmy Carter
November 2022 - The Deer Camp by Dean Kuipers
October 2022 - Behind the Beautiful Forevers  by Katherine Boo
September 2022 - Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann