The Friends of MSU Library Book Group meets the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM in the small Conference Room. This group reads a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction picked at a member driven selection party held every September. 

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Tuesday, December 10: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

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In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding--an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair--she begins to unlock the book's mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book's journey from its salvation back to its creation.

In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city's rising antisemitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah's extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed. Hanna's investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love.

Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is at once a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity, an ambitious, electrifying work by an acclaimed and beloved author.

Upcoming Selections

January 14, 2020: The Weight of an Infinite Sky by Carrie La Seur


February 11, 2020: 
My Antonia by Willa Cather

March 10, 2020: Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi

April 14, 2020: Dear Life by Alice Munro

May 12, 2020: On the Beach by Nevile Shute

June, 2020: Perma Red by Debra Magpie Earling

July 14, 2020: The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells

August 11, 2020: Stoner by John Edward Williams