Loussac Book Club Selections

The meaning of Matthew [kit] : my son's murder in Laramie, and a world transformed

Judy Shepard with Jon Barrett
2019
ISBN: 9780452296381

Describes the author's struggle to cope with the loss of her son, discussing first-hand the days immediately following his murder in 1998, including the incredible response from strangers, navigating the legal system, and why she became a gay rights activist.

- September 2019 -

Tales of two Americas [kit] : stories of inequality in a divided nation

edited by John Freeman
2019
ISBN: 9780143131038

"In Tales of Two Americas, some of the literary world's most exciting writers look beyond numbers and wages to convey what it feels like to live in this divided nation. Their extraordinarily powerful stories, essays, and poems demonstrate how boundaries break down when experiences are shared, and that in sharing our stories we can help to alleviate a suffering that touches so many people."--Page 4 of cover.

October 2019

The war outside

Monica Hesse
2018
ISBN: 9780316316699

Teens Haruko, a Japanese American, and Margot, a German American, form a life-changing friendship as everything around them starts falling apart in the Crystal City family internment camp during World War II.

November 2019

Fighter in velvet gloves : Alaska civil rights hero, Elizabeth Peratrovich student/teacher

teacher / Annie Boochever with Roy Peratrovich Jr
2021
ISBN: 9781602233706

""No Natives Allowed!" blared the storefront sign at the young Tlingit Indian girl. The sting of those words would stay with Elizabeth Peratrovich all her life. They would also make her deter-mined to work for change. Years later, a seasoned fighter for equality, she would deliver her own eloquent message, one that helped change Alaska and the nation forever. Writ-ten in collaboration with Elizabeth's eldest son and only living child, Roy Peratrovich Jr., Fighter in Velvet Gloves tells the life story of this inspirational Alaskan and American hero, for readers 10 and up. This book is intended as a study guide for teachers and students to use with Fighter in Velvet Gloves"-- Provided by publisher.

The little old lady who broke all the rules [kit] : a novel

Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg ; translated from the Swedish by Rod Bradbury
2020
ISBN: 9780062447975

Martha Andersson may be 79 years old and live in a retirement home, but that doesn't mean she's ready to stop enjoying life. So when the new management of Diamond House starts cutting corners to save money, Martha and her four closest friends--Brains, The Rake, Christina and Anna-Gretta (a.k.a. The League of Pensioners)--won't stand for it. Fed up with early bedtimes and overcooked veggies, this group of feisty seniors sets about to regain their independence, improve their lot, and stand up for seniors everywhere. Their solution? White collar crime. What begins as a relatively straightforward robbery of a nearby luxury hotel quickly escalates into an unsolvable heist at the National Museum. With police baffled and the Mafia hot on their trail, the League of Pensioners has to stay one walker's length ahead if it's going to succeed.