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2/3/2021 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

This month's thought-provoking fiction selection is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. To register for this book club meeting, please call the libraryís front desk at 472-6551 x2. As of January 12, the library has four interlibrary loan copies of the book remaining at a cost of only $2.00 per person.

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotelís doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the countís endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

Meeting location: This month, the group will meet at 51-1/2 North Court Street, which is on the east side of the town square. Masks are required, and facilitator David Patterson assures us there is ample space for social distancing.

Contact: Front desk staff 641-472-6551 ext. 2