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Saturday Reading Group


The Saturday Reading Group is for anyone who loves to read, socialize in English, and meet new people.

The April read  for the group is “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer. On September 6, 1992, Christopher McCandless’ body was found inside an abandoned bus in Alaska. One year later, author Jon Krakauer retraced McCandless’ steps during the two years between college graduation and his demise in Alaska. McCandless shed his legal name early in his journey, adopting the moniker “Alexander Supertramp”, after H. Davies. He spent time in Carthage, South Dakota, laboring for months in a grain elevator owned by Wayne Westerberg before hitchhiking to Alaska. Krakauer interprets McCandless’ intensely ascetic personality as possibly influenced by the writings of Henry David Thoreau and McCandless’ favorite writer, Jack London. He explores the similarities between McCandless’ experiences and motivations, and his own as a young man, recounting in detail Krakauer’s own attempt to climb Devils Thumb in Alaska. Krakauer also relates the stories of some other young men who vanished into the wilderness, such as Everett Ruess, an artist and wanderer who went missing in the Utah desert during 1934, at age 20. In addition, he describes at some length the grief and puzzlement of McCandless’ parents, sister Carine, and friends.

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org

Saturday Reading Group


The Saturday Reading Group is for anyone who loves to read, socialize in English, and meet new people.

The May read for the group is “If Only it Were True” by Marc Levy. What do you do when you find a stranger in your closet; particularly when she’s surprised that you can even see her — and she can disappear and reappear at whim? What if she then tells you that her body is actually in a coma on the other side of town? Should you have her see a psychiatrist or should you consult one yourself? Or do you take a chance and believe in her, and allow yourself to be swept up in an extraordinary adventure? This is the beginning of the dilemma that Arthur, a young San Francisco architect, is faced with when he discovers Lauren in his apartment. Arthur is the only man who can share Lauren’s secret, the only one who can see her, hear her, and talk to her when no one else so much as senses her presence. So when doctors prepare to end Lauren’s physical care — which would destroy the magical bond she and Arthur cherish — he must find a way to save her. For, after all, it is only her love that can save him. 

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org

Saturday Reading Group


The Saturday Reading Group is for anyone who loves to read, socialize in English, and meet new people. This is a partner event with the Film Club.

The June read for the group is “Night Bus” a short story by Samuel Hpkins Adams. This short story was originally published in Cosmopolitan magazine in August 1933 and then reprinted in 1951 as the third in a Dell Books series called “Dell Dimers” as each novelette was sold at 10 cents (known as “dime novels” in the 19th century). The story is about Ellie Andrews who has just tied the knot with society aviator King Westley when she is whisked away to her father’s yacht and out of King’s clutches. Ellie jumps ship and eventually winds up on a bus headed back to her husband. Reluctantly she must accept the help of out-of- work reporter Peter Warne. Actually, Warne doesn’t give her any choice: either she sticks with him until he gets her back to her husband, or he’ll blow the whistle on Ellie to her father. Either way, Peter gets what (he thinks!) he wants …. a really juicy newspaper story.

When and where: Meetings will be held in the library once a month on Saturday afternoons starting at 3:00. Cost: FREE to all members of the library. To join: Please contact Anne Kaar at bookgroup@ellia.org

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