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by Emily Stenberg Brown
Director of Vision Resource Center

If you like to read, I hope you have been participating in our monthly Book Club during the We Care Wednesday Coffee Chat Zoom calls. NDAB President Trampes Brown and I have been leading a book discussion on the first Wednesday of every month for a year now. Our group has read a variety of genres, and I hope we have read something for everyone. We have discovered it’s impossible to pick a book everyone will like, but there’s nothing wrong with reading a book that pushes you a bit out of your comfort zone. There is something to be learned from every book, even if it’s simply “I don’t like that author/style/book.” 

As a librarian and as someone who just loves to read, I am always thinking about what to read next. In that spirit, here are the books we will be reading in January, February, and March for Book Club Coffee Chat, as well as a few books I am personally looking forward to reading in 2022. Perhaps some of them will appear as a Book Club pick later in 2022. The BARD number appears behind the book title if it’s currently available through that service. The titles that do not have a BARD number are new, so I’d encourage you to check BARD later in the year as all of these books will most likely be available eventually.

Book Club Coffee Chat Picks:
•    January 5th Book Club Coffee Chat discussion on American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson (DB 94000)
•    February 2nd Book Club Coffee Chat discussion on The Answer Is …: Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek (DB 99678)
•    March 2nd Book Club Coffee Chat discussion on the True Crime Podcast “Blackout,” which is available free on iHeartRadio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/867-blackout-30717931/ 
We will be listening to season 1 of this podcast together every Thursday at 7 p.m. during the month of February. Join us on the 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th. Listen with us (through the link provided in the weekly Sneak Peek emails) or on your own thru the free iHeartRadio app.

Books I’m looking forward to reading in 2022:
•    Love, Life and Elephants: An African Love Story by Daphne Sheldrick (DB 75020)
•    No Time Like the Future by Michael J. Fox (DB 101333)
•    The Sentence by Louise Erdrich
•    These Precious Days by Ann Patchett
•    Five Tuesdays in Winter by Lily King
•    Going There by Katie Couric
•    The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven by Nathaniel Ian Miller

I hope this list leads to your picking up a new book, whether it’s one that you know you’ll enjoy or one that’ll push you out of your comfort zone. However you read, whether it’s on BARD or Audible, on Talking Book, from your library, or your favorite bookstore, I hope you have a well-read and wonderful 2022!

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