Reader's Circle meets at 10:00 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month in the Nellie Gary Reading Room at the Defiance Public Library. This group covers a wide variety of reading including non-fiction, classic literature, and recent best sellers.  Join host Marilyn Hite, and the group for insightful discussions about some of today's best literature. Contact Marilyn at 419-782-1456 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for questions/details.

Copies of this month's book are available for checkout at the Defiance Public Library Main Desk.

July 19, 2018

Dimestore: A Writer's Life

Lee Smith
For the inimitable Lee Smith, place is paramount. For forty-five years, her fiction has lived and breathed with the rhythms and people of the Appalachian South. But never before has she written her own story.

Set deep in the mountains of Virginia, the Grundy of Lee Smith’s youth was a place of coal miners, tent revivals, mountain music, drive-in theaters, and her daddy’s dimestore. It was in that dimestore--listening to customers and inventing adventures for the store’s dolls--that she became a storyteller. Even when she was sent off to college to earn some “culture,” she understood that perhaps the richest culture she might ever know was the one she was driving away from--and it’s a place that she never left behind.
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August 16, 2018

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko

Scott Sambach
Seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko is a life-long resident of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. Born deformed yet mentally keen with a frighteningly sharp wit, strong intellect, and a voracious appetite for books, Ivan is forced to interact with the world through the vivid prism of his mind. For the most part, every day is exactly the same for Ivan, which is why he turns everything into a game, manipulating people and events around him for his own amusement. That is, until a new resident named Polina arrives at the hospital. At first Ivan resents Polina. She steals his books. She challenges his routine. The nurses like her. She is exquisite. But soon he cannot help being drawn to her and the two forge a romance that is tenuous and beautiful and everything they never dared dream of. Before, he survived by being utterly detached from things and people. Now Ivan wants something more: Ivan wants Polina to live.
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