“Books Sandwiched In” returns this month at the Richmond Memorial Library | lifestyles
BATAVIA – Grab a bite to eat and visit the Richmond Memorial Library to add a taste of knowledge to your afternoon lunch.
Every Wednesday in September, between 12:10 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., various community members will review bestselling non-fiction books
Samantha Stryker Basile, community and adult services librarian at Richmond Memorial Library, said they always start with a list of popular or current books. From there they match the person with a book.
“Most of our books are fairly new this time, but they’re also universally popular and things that we think will interest our audience,” she said. “The beauty of Books Sandwiched In is that the audience is always very engaged and has really good questions and answers.”
The following books will be reviewed in September:
Wednesday, September 7 – Richmond Memorial Library Teen Librarian Felicia Cecere will review “Crying in H Mart: A Memoir” by Michelle Zauner.
Currently at Week 56 on the New York Times Best Sellers list, Japanese Breakfast indie pop star Zauner presents an in-depth account of her viral New Yorker essay to share poignant reflections on her experiences growing up Korean-American and becoming a professional musician and takes care of her terminally ill mother.
Wednesday, September 14 – Barb Shine, retired professor and community volunteer, will review “The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine” by Janice P. Nimura.
The book is about Elizabeth Blackwell, who believed from a young age that she was destined for a mission that went beyond “ordinary” womanhood. Although the world initially balked at the idea of a woman studying medicine, her intelligence and intensity eventually won her the acceptance of the male medical establishment.
In 1849 she became the first woman in America to receive an MD. She was soon joined in her iconic achievement by her younger sister Emily, who was actually the more brilliant doctor.
Wednesday, September 21 – Diana Fox, Director of the Office on Aging, will review “The Body: A Guide for Occupants” by Bill Bryson.
Bryson turns his attention inward to explore the human body, how it works, and its remarkable ability to heal itself. Packed with extraordinary facts and amazing stories, The Body: A Guide for Occupants is described as a brilliant, often hilarious attempt to understand the wonder of humankind’s physical and neurological makeup.
Wednesday 28 September – Batavia City Schools Superintendent Jason Smith will review Jon Meacham’s ‘His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope’.
John Lewis, who protested in Selma, Alabama at the age of 25 and was beaten at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, was a visionary and a man of faith.
Drawing on decades of extensive interviews with Lewis, Jon Meacham writes about how Lewis, great-grandson of a slave and son of a sharecropper from Alabama, was inspired by the Bible and his nonviolence teachers, Reverend James Lawson and Martin Luther King, Jr. He risked his life in the service of what Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.”
A key part of Lewis’ commitment to the betterment of the nation was his faith in humanity and in God—and an unwavering belief in the power of hope.
Coffee, tea and refreshments are served at each session and participants do not need to read the book to attend.
Books Sandwiched In is free to attend and everyone is welcome, no registration required. Sessions are recorded and can be viewed on the library’s YouTube page at youtube.com/richmondmemlibrary.
The Richmond Memorial Library is located at 19 Ross St. in Batavia.
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