Chadron Library Book Discussion Program
 
  • The Book Discussion Program of the Chadron Public Library was started in 2007 by Rosella Tesch, Library Director.

  • We meet the third Saturday of each month at 2:30 pm in the newspaper/ magazine section of the library.

  • You are welcome to participate as long as you have read the book up for discussion.

 
  • Members of the Reading Group take turns leading the discussions, and refreshments are usually served at each meeting.

  • Books are chosen by a democratic vote of the Reading Group members.

 
 
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October
The Swan Gondola
by Timothy Schaffert

A lush and thrilling romantic fable about two lovers set against the scandalous burlesques, midnight séances, and aerial ballets of the 1898 Omaha World’s Fair. 

On the eve of the 1898 Omaha World’s Fair, Ferret Skerritt, ventriloquist by trade, con man by birth, isn’t quite sure how it will change him or his city. Omaha still has the marks of a filthy Wild West town, even as it attempts to achieve the grandeur and respectability of nearby Chicago. But when he crosses paths with the beautiful and enigmatic Cecily, his whole purpose shifts and the fair becomes the backdrop to their love affair.

One of a traveling troupe of actors that has descended on the city, Cecily works in the Midway’s Chamber of Horrors, where she loses her head hourly on a guillotine playing Marie Antoinette. And after closing, she rushes off, clinging protectively to a mysterious carpetbag, never giving Ferret a second glance. But a moonlit ride on the swan gondola, a boat on the lagoon of the New White City, changes everything, and the fair’s magic begins to take its effect.

From the critically acclaimed author of The Coffins of Little HopeThe Swan Gondola is a transporting read, reminiscent of Water for Elephants or The Night Circus.

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