BATAVIA – Grab a bite and visit the Richmond Memorial Library to add a taste of knowledge to your afternoon lunch.
Every Wednesday in September, different members of the community will review the best-selling non-fiction books between 12:10 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Samantha Stryker Basile, community and adult services librarian at Richmond Memorial Library, said they always start with a list of popular or current books. From there, they match the person with a book.
“Most of our books this time around are relatively new, but they’re also universally popular and we think our audience will be interested,” she said. “The great thing about Books Sandwiched In is that the audience is always very engaged and has great questions and answers.”
The books reviewed in September are:
Wednesday, Sept. 7 — Richmond Memorial Library’s teenage librarian Felicia Cecere will review Michelle Zauner’s “Crying in H Mart: A Memoir.”
Currently in week 56 on the New York Times bestseller list, indie Japanese breakfast pop star Zauner presents a full retelling of her viral New Yorker essay to share harrowing thoughts on her experiences growing up originally. Korean-American, to become a professional musician and take care of her terminally ill mother.
Wednesday, September 14 – Barb Shine, retired teacher and community volunteer, will review “The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Bring Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine” by Janice P. Nimura.
The book is about Elizabeth Blackwell, who believed from an early age that she was destined for a mission beyond “ordinary” womanhood. Although the world initially recoiled from the idea of a woman studying medicine, her intelligence and intensity eventually won her acceptance from the male medical establishment.
In 1849, she became the first woman in America to receive an MD. She was soon joined in her iconic achievement by her younger sister, Emily, who was actually the brightest doctor.
Wednesday, Sept. 21 — Office of Aging Director Diana Fox will review Bill Bryson’s “The Body: A Guide for Occupants.”
Bryson turns his attention inward to explore the human body, how it works, and its remarkable ability to heal itself. Filled with extraordinary facts and astonishing stories, “The Body: A Guide for Occupants” is described as a brilliant, often very amusing attempt to understand the miracle of humankind’s physical and neurological makeup.
Wednesday, September 28 – Jason Smith, Superintendent of Schools for the City of Batavia, will review “His Truth Works: John Lewis and the Power of Hope” by Jon Meacham.
John Lewis, who at age 25 marched in Selma, Alabama, and was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, was a visionary and a man of faith.
Drawing on decades of high-profile interviews with Lewis, Jon Meacham writes about how Lewis, the great-grandson of a slave and son of an Alabama farmer, was inspired by the Bible and his teachers of non-violence, the Reverend James Lawson and Martin Luther. King, Jr. He put his life on the line in the service of what Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.”
An integral part of Lewis’ commitment to bettering the nation was his faith in humanity and in God – and an unwavering belief in the power of hope.
Coffee, tea and refreshments will be served at each session and participants do not need to read the book to attend.
Books Sandwiched In is free and all are welcome, no registration is required. Sessions will be recorded and available on the library’s YouTube page at youtube.com/richmondmemlibrary.
The Richmond Memorial Library is located at 19 Ross St. in Batavia.