Linda Kompanik Book Club

The Linda Kompanik Book Club meets on the last Monday of each month in the meeting room of the Russellville Library.  Join us for enjoyable and comprehensive group discussions of fiction, non-fiction, and classical titles.  For more information, call (270) 726-6129 or email Shelly Turner at shellyf@loganlibrary.org.

August 2015

The Cloud of the UnknowingThe Cloud of Unknowing translated by Johnston, William

Originally written in Middle English by an unknown mystic of the fourteenth century, The Cloud of Unknowing represents the first expression in our own tongue of the soul’s quest for God. A literary work of great beauty in both style and message, it offers a practical guide to the path of contemplation. The author explains how all thoughts and concepts must be buried beneath a “cloud of forgetting”, while our love must rise toward God hidden in the “cloud of unknowing”. William Johnston – an authority on fourteenth-century spirituality and on the writings of this unknown author – provides a substantive and accessible introduction detailing what is known about the history of this text and its relevance throughout the ages. Also included here is the author’s other principal work, The Book of Privy Counseling – a short and moving text on the way to enlightenment through a total loss of self and consciousness only of the divine.

Where: Logan County Public Library
When: Monday, August 31 at 10:30 AM

September 2015

The Butterfly's DaughterThe Butterfly’s Daughter by Monroe, Mary Alice

Every year, the monarch butterflies–“las mariposas”–fly more than two thousand miles on fragile wings to return to their winter home in Mexico. Now Luz Avila makes that same perilous journey south as she honors a vow to her beloved “abuela”–the grandmother who raised her–to return her ashes to her ancestral village. As Luz departs Milwaukee in a ramshackle old VW Bug, she finds her heart opened by a series of seemingly random encounters with remarkable women. In San Antonio, however, a startling revelation awaits: a reunion with a woman from her past. Together, the two cross into Mexico to await the returning monarchs in the little village Abuela called home, but they are also crossing a border that separates past from present . . . and truth from lies.

Where: Logan County Public Library
When: Monday, December 28 at 10:30 AM

October 2015

The Boleyn InheritanceThe Boleyn Inheritance by Gregory, Philippa

After her damning testimony results in the execution of both her husband and her sister-in-law, Anne Boleyn, Jane continues her ruthless scheming as she serves as lady-in-waiting to Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s reviled Bavarian-born fourth wife, and naive, doomed [fifth] wife, Catherine Howard. Narrated in turn by this trio of intriguing women, this tale of court politics and treachery unfolds from three equally compelling points of view.

Where: Logan County Public Library
When: Monday, October 26 at 10:30 AM

November 2015

Half Broke HorsesHalf Broke Horses by Walls, Jeannette

“Those old cows knew trouble was coming before we did.” So begins the story of Lily Casey Smith, Jeannette Walls’s no-nonsense, resourceful, and spectacularly compelling grandmother. By age six, Lily was helping her father break horses. At fifteen, she left home to teach in a frontier town–riding five hundred miles on her pony, alone, to get to her job. She learned to drive a car and fly a plane. And, with her husband, Jim, she ran a vast ranch in Arizona. She raised two children, one who is Jeannette’s memorable mother, Rosemary Smith Walls, unforgettably portrayed in The Glass Castle.
Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudice of all kinds–against women, Native Americans, and anyone else who didn’t fit the mold. Rosemary Smith Walls always told Jeannette that she was like her grandmother, and in this true-life novel, Jeannette Walls channels that kindred spirit.

Where: Logan County Public Library

When: Monday, November 30 at 10:30 AM