Battle Creek Reads 2014
We have selected two titles for this season's Battle Creek Reads!
The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian
Ella and John Robina, eightysomethings, take off in their Leisure Seeker RV against the will of their son, daughter, and doctors. Destination Disneyland, via Route 66. Ella has refused further treatment for cancer, and John’s Alzheimer’s is four years advanced. So they leave the Detroit suburbs and head west. Ella navigates and narrates their trip—and their lives—while John, who veers from sentience to senility and rage to tenderness, drives. Crumbling, kitschy Route 66 triggers Ella’s thoughts.The Leisure Seeker is pretty much like life itself: joyous, painful, funny, moving, tragic, mysterious, and not to be missed.
An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff
Stopping was never part of the plan . . .
She was a successful ad sales rep in Manhattan. He was a homeless, eleven-year-old panhandler on the street. He asked for spare change; she kept walking. But then something stopped her in her tracks, and she went back. And she continued to go back, again and again. They met up nearly every week for years and built an unexpected, life-changing friendship that has today spanned almost three decades.
Whatever made me notice him on that street corner so many years ago is clearly something that cannot be extinguished, no matter how relentless the forces aligned against it. Some may call it spirit. Some may call it heart. It drew me to him, as if we were bound by some invisible, unbreakable thread. And whatever it is, it binds us still.
Michael Zadoorian, author of The Leisure Seeker, will speak at Burnham Brook Community Center on Thursday, January 23 at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm).
Laura Schroff, author of An Invisible Thread, will speak at the Lakeview Middle School auditorium on Thursday, February 20 at 7:00pm (doros open at 6:00pm).
What is Battle Creek Reads
What it is: Battle Creek Reads is a community-wide reading program where people can connect through a shared reading experience.
How it works: Everyone in the community has the chance to read the same books and participate in a variety of events such as book discussion groups, an author visit, and other fun activities.
To suggest a title for the next Battle Creek Reads please call Battle Creek Reads Project Manager Matt Willis at (269) 968-8166 x504
Past Battle Creek Reads Titles
2006 - Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde
2007 - Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
2008 - The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2009 - How Starbucks Saved My Life by Michael Gates Gill
2010 - The Soloist by Steve Lopez
2011 - The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
2012 - Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
2013 - Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach