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Life after Life Book Club 2017
Biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs provide a window into another person's life and soul.  They also evoke a different time and place.  If you enjoy taking a peek into someone else's life, join the Life After Life Book Club to share and discuss life stories.

Life After Life Book Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7 pm in the meeting room at the Grand Forks Public Library.


 the Doctor is In by Ruth Westheimer  The Doctor is In by Ruth Westheimer     January 11, 2017
      Everyone knows Dr. Ruth as America's most famous and trusted sex therapist, but few people know she was raised in an orphanage in Switzerland, narrowly escaping death during the Holocaust -- or that she was an ace sniper in the Israeli army.  After years spent as a professor in Paris, Dr. Ruth came to America with big dreams and even bigger chutzpah.  And, at the age of eighty-seven, she is as feisty as ever.
 Hammer Head by Nina MacLaughlin  Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter by Nina MacLaughlin     February 8, 2017
      Nina MacLaughlin spent her twenties working at a Boston newspaper, sitting behind a desk and staring at a screen.  Yearning for more tangible work, she applied for a job she saw on Craigslist -- Carpenter's Assistant: Woman strongly encouraged to apply--despite being a Classics major who couldn't tell a Phillips from a flat head screwdriver.  She got the job, and in Hammer Head she tells the rich and entertaining story of becoming a carpenter.

 Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly  Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who  Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly     March 8, 2017
      Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as "Human Computers," calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements.  Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women.  Segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws, these "colored computers," as they were known, used slide rules, adding machines, and pencil and paper to support America's fledgling aeronautics industry, and helped write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.
 Lucky Dog by Sarah Boston  Lucky Dog: How Being a Veterinarian Saved My Life by Sarah Boston     April 12, 2017
      What happens when a veterinary surgical oncologist (laymen's term: cancer surgery doctor) thinks she has cancer herself?  Enter Sarah Boston: a vet who suspects a suspicious growth in her neck is thyroid cancer.  From the moment she uses her husband's portable ultrasound machine to investigate her lump--he's a vet, too--it's clear Lucky Dog is not your typical cancer memoir.
 Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam  Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam     May 16, 2017
      Carrying Albert Home is the funny, sweet, and sometimes tragic tale of a young couple and a special alligator on a crazy 1000-mile adventure.  Told with warmth and down-home charm that made Rocket Boys/October Sky a beloved bestseller, Home Hickam's rollicking tale is ultimately a testament to that strange and marvelous emotion we inadequately call love.
 Lessons from Tara by David Rosenfeldt  Lessons from Tara: Life Advice from the World's Most Brilliant Dog by David Rosenfelt     June 14, 2017
      David Rosenfelt's loyal readers of the Andy Carpenter series and the non-fiction book, Dogtripping, are familiar with Tara, the golden retriever sidekick.  Here, finally, is a book all about the inspirational canine who taught David everything he knows.  Through Tara, David learned about dating, about being able to share his emotions, about everyday stuff, and why random barking will never be something that can be eliminated.  Lessons from Tara is infused with David's trademark wry and self-deprecating sense of humor, and will move readers to tears and laughter.

 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot      July 12 & August 9, 2017
      Henrietta Lacks, as HeLa, is known to present-day scientists for her cells from cervical cancer.  She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells were taken without her knowledge and still live decades after her death.  HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine, uncovering secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb's effects. Henrietta's cells also helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mappings; and have been bought and sold by the billions.  Yet Henrietta Lacks was buried in an unmarked grave.

 Housebroken by Laura Notaro  Housebroken: Admissions of an Untidy Life by Laura Notaro     September 13, 2017
      #1 New York Times bestselling author, Laurie Notaro chronicles her chronic misfortune in the domestic arts, including cooking, cleaning, and putting on Spanx while sweaty (which should technically qualify as an Olympic sport).  Housebroken is a rollicking new collection of essays showcasing her irreverent wit and inability to feel shame.  From defying nature in the quest to make her own Twinkies, to begging her new neighbors not to become urban livestock keepers, to teaching her eight-year-old nephew about hobos, Notaro recounts her best efforts--and hilarious failures--in keeping a household inches away from being condemned.  After all, home wasn't built in a day.
 Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis  Read any book about the life of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis     October 11, 2017
 The Girl Who Escaped ISIS by Farida Khalaf  The Girl Who Escaped ISIS: This is My Story by Faida Khalaf     November 8, 2017
      In August 2014, Farida Khalaf was just a normal Yazidi girl, living in a village high in the mountains of northern Iraq.  In one horrific day, she lost everything: ISIS invaded her village, destroyed her family, and sold her into sexual slavery.  The Girl Who Escaped ISIS is Khalaf's incredible account of captivity and describes how she defied the odds and escaped a life of torture, in order to share her story with the world.
 Grayson by Lynne Cox  Grayson by Lynne Cox     December 13, 2017
      It was the dark of early morning and Lynne was swimming her last half-mile in 55 degree water when she became aware that something was swimming with her.  Whatever it was, felt large enough to be a white shark coursing beneath her body, only it wasn't.  This is Cox's account of her encounter with a baby Gray whale and the exertions and efforts she and many others took to reunite him with his mother.  



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