The Library’s 2019 One Community, One Book project has included two book selections this year.
“The American Spirit” by David McCullough
& “Time’s Shadow” by Arnold Bauer
Time’s Shadow by Arnold Bauer. Arnold Bauer grew up on his family’s 160-acre farm in Goshen Township in Clay County, Kansas, amidst a land of prairie grass and rich creek-bottom soil. His meditative and moving account of those years depicts a century-long narrative of struggle, survival, and demise. A coming-of-age memoir set in the 1930s to 50s, it blends local history with personal reflection to paint a realistic picture of farm life and families from a now-lost world. Time’s Shadow eloquently captures the events of an era and the meaning it held for one boy and those around him.
“The American Spirit by David McCullough. This book is a short collection of speeches by David McCullough, one of America’s foremost historians. Some of the speeches are inspiring, some of them are informative, and many are both. McCullough’s thrust in all of them is to stress the importance of history as a guide to American character and values. He fears that many Americans, and young Americans in particular, are ignorant of the kind of history that can enrich and guide their views of the present and future. This book reminds us of core American values to which we all subscribe, regardless of which region we live in, which political party we identify with, or our ethnic background. This is a book about America for all Americans that reminds us who we are and helps to guide us as we find our way forward.
This is the third year of the One Community, One Book reading project in the community. The project centers on the community-wide reading of a single book and is dedicated to creating a shared conversation. Through a shared reading experience, we will discuss issues that matter, learn from each other and promote greater understanding.
A discussion of the book The American Spirit will be held Wednesday, February 27th at 7 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room at the Marion City Library.
A discussion of the book Time’s Shadow will be held Wednesday, March 13th at 7 p.m. in the Santa Fe Room at the Marion City Library for everyone to attend.
Copies of the books are available for checkout at the Marion City Library.
For questions or for more information call the Marion City Library 620-382-2442