The September Book Group Discussion choice is “Life in a Jar” by Jack Mayer. This is a historical fiction title. Amazon describes the book this way:
During World War II, Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker, organized a rescue network of fellow social workers to save 2,500 Jewish children from certain death in the Warsaw ghetto. Incredibly, after the war her heroism, like that of many others, was suppressed by communist Poland and remained virtually unknown for 60 years. Unknown, that is, until three high school girls from an economically depressed, rural school district in southeast Kansas stumbled upon a tantalizing reference to Sendler’s rescues, which they fashioned into a history project, a play they called Life in a Jar. Their innocent drama was first seen in Kansas, then the Midwest, then New York, Los Angeles, Montreal, and finally Poland, where they elevated Irena Sendler to a national hero, championing her legacy of tolerance and respect for all people.
The group will meet on Tuesday, September 7 at 9 AM in the West Room. The Heart of America Library also has a copy for our shelves, so if you want to put it on your to-read-this-winter list, it will be here.