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This semester's book:  Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

It's not too late to join in the great discussions!

Chapters 17-25:  November 29th & 30th at 9am & 2pm

Where:  Truax Library's Creator Studio, room B3211

The Parable of the Sower

Parable of the Sower

Octavia E. Butler, the grande dame of science fiction, writes inspirational stories of ordinary people. Parable of the Sower is a hopeful tale set in a dystopian future United States of walled cities, disease, fires, and madness. Lauren Olamina is an 18-year-old woman with hyperempathy syndrome--if she sees another in pain, she feels their pain as acutely as if it were real. When her relatively safe neighborhood enclave is inevitably destroyed, along with her family and dreams for the future, Lauren grabs a backpack full of supplies and begins a journey north.

More about the book from Novelist

If you like the following books or genres, you will most likely also like Parable of the Sower:

   The Windup GirlForty Signs of RainOryx and CrakeThe Dead Lands

Genres:  Dystopian fiction; Science fiction; Science fiction classics; Social science fiction  


Question of the Week

Which of the following would make a good campsite?
An open field: 0 votes (0%)
Have a bonfire to keep wild animals away: 3 votes (12%)
On top of a hill: 2 votes (8%)
A low-lying area: 2 votes (8%)
Near a lake or river with a solid wall to your back: 9 votes (36%)
In a forest: 9 votes (36%)
Total Votes: 25

Previous Polls:

Lauren... What do you think?  Insightful (8), brave (3), a dreamer (2), and wise beyond her years (2) :) One vote for delusional too.

Which of the following book topics do you find most interesting in relation to our world in 2016? Winner:  World Climate (6) Politics/Democracy (2) Space Travel (1).

Which survival pack would you choose?

  • 5 votes:  Bag A: Fire proof tent, water purifying tablets, can opener, $300, a journal & pens, several dehydrated meals.
  • 3 votes:  Bag C:  seeds for growing, sunscreen, dried fruit and nuts, gun and ammo, a book on foraging.
  • 2 votes:  Bag B:  extra pair of socks, chocolate bars, radio&batteries, matches, knife, warm jacket, maps of where you are planning on going. 

Do you think a gated & walled community:  creates complacency and denial: 8 votes (100%)

Will you read the book with us?  9-Yes, 10-Perhaps 0-No

Get the Book!

The library owns several copies of the book.  Fill out the form below to reserve a library copy today!

You could also purchase the Kindle version for around $7, or use the PDF below for free.