These four titles are now available as Book Club Kits. Learn more.
Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
"’Cleopatra stood at one of the most dangerous intersections of history: that of women and power,’ writes Schiff in this excellent, myth-busting biography. It is that intersection that interests Schiff rather than romance. Cleopatra was no great beauty but was charismatic, intelligent, shrewd, and ruthless, concerned less with love than with maintaining her kingdom, threatened by Rome's civil wars. No one will think of Cleopatra in quite the same way after reading this vivid, provocative book,” from Publishers Weekly (09/06/2010).
Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
“Walls re-imagines the life of her grandmother, Lily Casey, who by age six was helping her father break horses. At 15, she left home to teach in a frontier town--riding 500 miles on her pony to get to her post. She learned to drive a car, fly a plane, and with her husband, managed a vast ranch in Arizona, surviving tornadoes, droughts, floods, and the Great Depression,” from Ingram’s ipage.
“Swamplandia! is a shabby tourist attraction deep in the Everglades, owned by the Bigtree clan of alligator wrestlers. When Hilola, their star performer, dies, her husband and children lose their moorings, and Swamplandia! itself is endangered as audiences dwindle. Ravishing, elegiac, funny and brilliantly inquisitive, Russell’s archetypal swamp saga tells a mystical yet rooted tale of three innocents who come of age through trials of water, fire and air,” from Booklist (10/15/2010).
Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich
“When Irene America discovers that her husband has been reading her diary, she begins a secret Blue Notebook, as much the truth about her life and her marriage as the Red Diary is a farce. Alternating between these two records, "Shadow Tag" is an eerily gripping novel,” from Ingram’s ipage.More »
This is a recent post from Quilcene resident Jeanette's blog, a foot in both camps, listing all the things she loves about the library. What do you love about the library?More »
Last week, Overdrive, the supplier we use to provide our eBooks, announced that customers can now download books to a Kindle from the Washington Anytime Library. Almost all the eBooks in our collection can be used with Kindle devices or apps.More »
Book Club Kits are an exciting new service offered by Jefferson County Library and Port Townsend Public Library.
What are they?
Ten copies of a title are packaged in a plastic tote and get checked out by a representative of a book club. The kits are checked out for eight weeks allowing plenty of time for a club to distribute and read the book.
How do clubs reserve a title?
A member of the club will place a hold on the title. While we recognize that some clubs plan their reading schedules months in advance, we are not able to schedule holds on titles into the future at this time. Holds can be placed and put in a suspended status to help manage availability. If you would like help please ask a staff person.