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The OGPL Book Club is currently reading Marbles by Ellen Forney. We will meet to discuss this book on June 6th at

6:30 pm.

 The Olive G Pettis Book Club meets on the first Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 PM 

In May we are reading Marbles by Ellen Forney.

This book was chosen for Mental Health Awareness Month. 

 

Cartoonist Ellen Forney explores the relationship between "crazy" and "creative" in this graphic memoir of her bipolar disorder, woven with stories of famous bipolar artists and writers.

Shortly before her thirtieth birthday, Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Flagrantly manic and terrified that medications would cause her to lose creativity, she began a years-long struggle to find mental stability while retaining her passions and creativity.

Searching to make sense of the popular concept of the crazy artist, she finds inspiration from the lives and work of other artists and writers who suffered from mood disorders, including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe, William Styron, and Sylvia Plath. She also researches the clinical aspects of bipolar disorder, including the strengths and limitations of various treatments and medications, and what studies tell us about the conundrum of attempting to "cure" an otherwise brilliant mind.

Darkly funny and intensely personal, Forney's memoir provides a visceral glimpse into the effects of a mood disorder on an artist's work, as she shares her own story through bold black-and-white images and evocative prose.

 

(book description from goodreads.com)

 

Next Meeting: June 6th

 

Coming soon: Youth Book Club!

 

Youth Book Club is a summer-only group for students in grades 5-8. We will be reading 3 books together. At the end of the summer, each member will be able to choose a favorite and take home their own copy!

 

Our first official meeting time will be June 27th from 4-5 pm.

In preparation for this, please stop by the library to sign up. 

 

Contact the librarian for more info!

Recent Reads

 

April 2024, Springtime

We read: Tom Lake by Ann Patchett

We give it: 4.5 stars

 

March 2024, Women's History Month

We read: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

We give it: 4/5 stars

 

February 2024, Black History Month

We read: The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

We give it: 4.5/5 stars

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