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Register Now for Our Free Book Discussion Programs this Spring

Meet with others who share a passion for reading and learning. Titles are based on the 2020/2121 One Book, One Harper theme – Food. Book discussions are sponsored by One Book, One Harper and will be facilitated by Harper College Library librarians and staff. These events are free. Class will be a virtual book discussion.

Please contact Christine Kuffel 847.925.6859 ckuffel@harpercollege.edu or Melissa Merlos 847.925.6170 mmerlos@harpercollege.edu with any questions.


Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
Food and humor; what more do you need? Satiate your palate and your spirit with this entertaining read. An honest and guiltless appreciation for what tastes good — Gaffigan is just saying what we’re all thinking.

LLM0026-001 ONLINE – Live Meeting
02/05/21 FR 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

The Egg & I: The Enduring Classic by Betty MacDonald
Take a trip back in time with this 1940’s bestseller. Warm and funny, the bucolic setting and sprightly tone will provide a much-needed break from our current reality. The 1947 Claudette Colbert movie was based on this title.

LLM0027-001 ONLINE – Live Meeting
03/05/21 FR 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement by Jane Ziegelman
An insightful study on the immigrant experience through the lens of food. For immigrant families at the turn of the century, culinary traditions were one more aspect of their heritage they had to struggle to maintain and defend.

LLM0028-001 ONLINE – Live Meeting
04/09/21 FR 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

Lost Restaurants of Chicago w/Greg Borzo
Author Greg Borzo will fill our plates and our minds with stories and memories of some of Chicago’s forgotten dining destinations. From fine dining to fun diners, we’ll take a trip through Chicago’s history one forkful at a time!

LLM0029-001 ONLINE – Live Meeting
02/11/21 TH 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

The Supper Club Book w/ Dave Hoekstra

What do you get when you mix good people, good food, a little ambience, and a lot of history? That Midwest dining delight – the supper club! Author Dave Hoekstra will take us on a tasty tour of these beloved treasures and give
us the dish on the people and the histories that make these eateries so enticing.

LLM0030-001 ONLINE – Live Meeting
03/11/21 TH 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Road Trip Eats Along Route 66 w/ Leslie Goddard

U.S. Route 66 covers a lot of miles – and that means a lot of delicious food along the way. In this illustrated lecture, historian Leslie Goddard explores some of the most iconic restaurants and foods found along the “Mother Road.” Many Route 66 foods are regional dishes, providing an edible snapshot of the nation. Others developed specifically to serve time-crunched motorists. We’ll visit landmark Route 66 destinations like the Big Texan Steak Ranch, Ted Drewes’ Frozen Custard, and the Cozy Dog Drive In. You’ll learn about some quirky foods found along the highway and get recipes for a few regional favorites you can recreate at home.

LLM0031-001 ONLINE – Live Meeting
04/15/21 TH 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Visit our Library Book Discussions page to learn more and register.


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