1. Wednesday Mar 26 BIG READ DISCUSSION! WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26; 7 PM BIG READ DISCUSSION! Come participate in the discussion of WILD: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. This is the book that the Dayton community has chosen for The Big...


  • THE LOWLAND: A NOVEL by Jhumpa Lahiri

    This fascinating story about two brothers takes place in India and in America. Raised in Calcutta, they were inseparable as youngsters. As they grew, their paths took them in different directions; one toward active social revolution in India and the other toward a quiet life in scientific research in America. When the brother in India is killed because of his activism, Subhash returns home to offer comfort to his family and his brother's wife. It is not to be an easy task. And it is that endeavor that makes up a key ingredient of this engrossing story. What does one owe a beloved brother... in this life and beyond?

    This story is beautifully written. You'll find yourself rereading particular passages for their beauty and inspiration. Jhumpa Lahiri has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Literature.

    The story begins in France in 1916 when artist Edouard Lefebre has left his wife, Sophia, to fight in WWI, leaving behind the portrait he has painted of her. During the course of the war, Sophie's small town falls to the Germans and her modest hotel is essentially taken over by the Germans. When the Kommandant takes notice of the portrait, he becomes obsessed with it and Sophia makes a decision that gravely impacts her and the entire family. Nearly a century later, the portrait has been sold to a young man who presents it to his bride, Liv. As Liv learns the history of the painting, she must find out who the true owner is? Was it an art piece that was stolen during the war? If so, is retribution due? Is Liv truly the rightful owner of it? With fascinating twists and turns, you'll find this a potent story of love, loss, and redemption.

    In this time-travel adventure for children, Rush Revere is a modern day history teacher who travels back in time and relays images of what he finds there to his classroom using his smart phone. He is accompanied by his "talking" horse, Liberty, and two of his students, Freedom and Tommy. Together they witness the hardships the pilgrims had as they made their way across the ocean to America in the 1600s, enduring illness, lack of water and food, seasickness, no privacy, no sanitation, cramped quarters on the ship, excessive boredom, and the uncertainty of the success of their voyage. Then when they landed there was nothing ready for them. They had to cut down trees to make shelters, hunt for food, learn to plant crops, and do all the necessary things to survive, plus learn to live with the Indians who were already there. The book shows young readers the courage and determination it took for people to leave their homeland and travel across the ocean to start a new country.

    If you like your topics presented succinctly and varied, you'll enjoy this book. It is a collection of Mr. Krauthammer's columns over the decades. Whether he's talking about political topics, manners, Border Collies, Outer Space, Beauty, Constitutionalism, Empathy, Drones, or Stem Cells, you'll sure to find a topic that intrigues you. The book can be read in snippets. Get a cup of coffee or tea, and sit down with one of his 2-3 page essays on the topic of your choosing.

    Charles Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist, political commentator, and physician, is also a Pulitzer Prize winner.

March & April 2014

Dear Booklovers,

Winter is rolling along and it won’t be long before the warm Spring weather will be here. In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying lots of time cozying up with good books and magazines. You can’t beat cold Winter days and nights for that delightful activity.

Another fun thing to do when you’re indoors is to play card and board games with your family. Whether the members of your family are school-aged children, toddlers, teens, or adults, we have age-appropriate games for them.

Be sure to look over our Upcoming Events to see which authors are going to be visiting us. Then mark your calendar for the ones you want to meet. It’s a great opportunity to visit with the authors and hear them talk about their books. If you’re a budding writer yourself, you can get valuable tips from the author’s presentation and Q&A sessions.

The BIG READ starts on March 10. The community will be reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed, which details her solo hike along the eleven hundred mile Pacific Crest Trail. It is an inspirational and informational wilderness survival story that began because she was hoping to find solace in dealing with disappointments in her life. She found that, and much more.

There will be discussions of Wild in area libraries and at Books & Co. Our two discussions will be held on Wednesday, March 26 at 7 pm and Tuesday, April 8 at 7 pm. We hope you can attend at least one of those or one at a library. You’ll find a list of the discussion locations at Books & Co., at area libraries and at

We now have Waffle Cones in our Yogurt Mountain Shop! Stop in, fill one with luscious yogurt and toppings and enjoy. They are delicious!

Thank you for being our customers.

Warm regards,

Sharon Kelly Roth
Director, Public Relations