Thursday, October 25, 7pm
In Donna Cameron's A Year of Living Kindly--using stories, observation, humor, and summaries of expert research--she shares her experience committing to 365 days of practicing kindness. A Year of Living Kindly shines a light on how we can create a better, safer, and more just world--and how you can be part of that transformation. In Lisa Reddick's novel The Same River, a childhood tragedy bonded Jessica Jensen to Oregon's mighty Nesika River. Ever since, she has seen herself as its guardian. Now a courageous field biologist, she has just finished gathering scientific evidence that could bring about the dismantling of the massive hydro dam that threatens to destroy her river. But then she discovers that her boss is suppressing her evidence. In Barbara Stark-Nemon's novel Hard Cider, Abbie Rose Stone is realizing her dream: producing hard apple cider along the northern shores of Lake Michigan. When a lovely young stranger exposes a long-held secret, Abbie must overcome circumstances that severely test her self-determination, her loyalties, and her understanding of what constitutes true family. In Cathy Zane's novel Better Than This, sometimes the most enviable life is really a private hell. Sarah Jenkins's "perfect" life--a handsome, wealthy and successful husband, a precocious five-year-old daughter, and a beautiful home in an affluent Seattle neighborhood--has begun to crumble. But just when it seems all is lost, a long forgotten, unopened letter changes everything, and with the support of friends, Sarah begins to rebuild her life. Can she quiet the critical voice in her head and learn to value herself instead?