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Let’s Talk About It: Local readers gather to discuss book ‘Bloodlines’


Nine adults gathered Jan. 20 to discuss the book “Bloodlines” in the first Let’s Talk About It event at Grangeville Centennial Library for 2015.

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Nine adults gathered Jan. 20 to discuss the book “Bloodlines” in the first Let’s Talk About It event at Grangeville Centennial Library for 2015.



GRANGEVILLE — “I did not enjoy the book at all,” said Kristin Frish of Cottonwood.

“I thought it was hard to get through,” added Colleen Wilson of Icicle Flats.

Nine people gathered Tuesday, Jan. 20, to discuss the first book – Bloodlines by Janet Campbell Hale — in the winter Let’s Talk About It program at Grangeville Centennial Library. Hale’s book is a memoir of sorts where she discusses various aspects of her life growing up as a displaced American Indian searching for a place to belong.

“It was difficult in part because it was so sad,” added Andrea Solberg of Grangeville.

“It was disjointed – I found myself wanting to edit and move things around,” said Diana Higgins of Grangeville.

Scholar for the book, Wendy Green of Indian Valley, told the group there has been criticism that the book was not written very well, but that it also received critical acclaim and that Hale was considered for the Pulitzer Prize.

“To be fair, it is a collection of essays,” Green said.

“For me it was a pretty quick read – I didn’t hate it,” said Jennifer Artley of Grangeville.

Green is a freelance writer who spent 30 years in the broadcasting business. She has facilitated book discussions at GCL several times in the past. GCL was chosen to be a partner in the statewide program and the public discussion group will meet through April. All meetings are set for Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., at the library, 215 West North Street, Grangeville. Call 983-0951.

This year’s theme is Living in the Modern Rural West. Missing the first meeting in no way affects additional discussions; those interested are invited to join in any or all groups. Stop by the library to pick up book copies. Upcoming meeting dates and books for 2015 include the following:

•Feb 10: Far Away Places by Tome Spanbauer (scholar Wendy Green)

•March 3: Lochsa Road by Kim Stafford (scholar Nancy Casey)

•March 24: Bitterbrush Country by Diane Josephy Peavey (scholar David Barber)

•April 14: The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall (scholar Jennifer Ladino)

Since 1985, Let’s Talk About It has been bringing adult reading discussion groups together with humanities scholars in Idaho’s public libraries to discuss fine literature. These book readings and discussions explore American values, history, culture, aging, classics and more.

The Let’s Talk About It program is made possible by the Idaho Humanities Council; the National Endowment for the Humanities; a generous gift from USBancorp Foundation; and a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which administers the Library Services and Technology Act. The program is administered by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.



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