New at the library this week is “The Night We Landed on the Moon: Essays Between Exile & Belonging” by North Dakota native Debra Marquart. The description of the book reads: “Marquart was born into a family of land-loving people – farmers known as the ethnic group Germans-from-Russia – who had emigrated from Russia to the United States between 1886 and 1911 and taken up land claims in Dakota Territory. Her grandparents tended their farms and fields, never dreaming of moving another inch away from the homes they had made. By contrast, Marquart grew up a restless, imaginative child in that same agricultural place, yearning to strike out for places more interesting as soon as she was old enough to take flight. All seemed simple enough until Marquart realized that her family’s stubborn attachment to place grew out of a traumatic multi-generational history of flight, migration, dispossession, and exile from their previous homelands in Europe. Her grandfathers and all her great-grandparents had emigrated to the United States from villages in south Russia, along the Black Sea. As Marquart researched her family history, the revelation about multi-generational patterns of forcible removal from homelands helped her to contextualize her own complicated relationship with ideas of exile and belonging.”
The next book club will meet Tuesday, December 7 at 10 am. The book for December is “The Summer Book” by Tove Jansson. If you are interested in participating, stop by the circulation desk in the library.
Upcoming story hours are Friday, November 19, Friday December 10, and Friday December 17 at 10:15 am. If you have children 5 years of age or younger, they are welcome to attend. We do ask that children ages 3 and under be attended by an adult.