NCC Library Book Club
Our Upcoming Titles!
The NCC Book Club strives to foster a love of reading in our NCC community. We meet once a month on Tuesdays at 1:30pm. New members are always welcome.
The Boys in the Bunkhouse : Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland
by Dan Barry
With this Dickensian tale from America’s heartland, New York Times writer and columnist Dan Barry tells the harrowing yet uplifting story of the exploitation and abuse of a resilient group of men with intellectual disability, and the heroic efforts of those who helped them to find justice and reclaim their lives.
In the tiny Iowa farm town of Atalissa, dozens of men, all with intellectual disability and all from Texas, lived in an old schoolhouse. Before dawn each morning, they were bussed to a nearby processing plant, where they eviscerated turkeys in return for food, lodging, and $65 a month. They lived in near servitude for more than thirty years, enduring increasing neglect, exploitation, and physical and emotional abuse—until state social workers, local journalists, and one tenacious labor lawyer helped these men achieve freedom.
Drawing on exhaustive interviews, Dan Barry dives deeply into the lives of the men, recording their memories of suffering, loneliness and fleeting joy, as well as the undying hope they maintained despite their traumatic circumstances. Barry explores how a small Iowa town remained oblivious to the plight of these men, analyzes the many causes for such profound and chronic negligence, and lays out the impact of the men’s dramatic court case, which has spurred advocates—including President Obama—to push for just pay and improved working conditions for people living with disabilities.
A luminous work of social justice, told with compassion and compelling detail, The Boys in the Bunkhouse is more than just inspired storytelling. It is a clarion call for a vigilance that ensures inclusion and dignity for all. From Amazon.com
In a Dark, Dark Wood
by Ruth Ware
"What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.
Sometimes the only thing to fear…is yourself.
When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods." Read more at Amazon.com
"What did you read this summer?"
It is 1960 in North Carolina and the lives of Ivy Hart and Jane Forrester couldn't be more different. Fifteen-year-old Ivy lives with her family as tenants on a small tobacco farm, but when her parents die, Ivy is left to care for her grandmother, older sister, and nephew. As she struggles with her grandmother's aging, her sister's mental illness, and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give.
When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County's newest social worker, she is given the task of recommending which of her clients should be sterilized without their knowledge or consent. The state's rationalization is that if her clients are poor, or ill, or deemed in some way "unfit" they should not be allowed to have children. As Jane is drawn in by the Hart women's case, she begins to discover the secrets of the small farm―secrets much darker than she would have guessed. Soon, she must decide whether to take drastic action to help them, or risk losing a life-changing battle.
Read more at Amazon.com.
Past Book Club Titles
Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin
Life Is So Good by George Dawson
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
A Buffalo in the House by R. D. Rosen
Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Traitor's Wife by Allison Pataki
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell
The Necklace by Cheryl Jarvis
Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth
Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Defending Jacob by William Landay
The Shack by William P. Young
Bold Spirit: Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America by Linda Lawrence Hunt
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Night by Elie Wiesel
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
"What did you read this summer?" Members shared their favorite summer reads.
All of these books are available in the NCC Library.