Join us for our Fall Books Sandwiched In Series! 

“Books Sandwiched In,” a lunchtime book review series running four consecutive Wednesdays, returns on October 2 and runs each Wednesday in October. The event is free and open to the public, and participants need not have read the book beforehand. Bring your lunch! Coffee, tea and cookies will be served. There will be a door prize at each session!

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Presenters and titles:

Wednesday, October 2: Millie Tomidy-Pepper reviews The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates
"For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission. Her goal, as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift a society up, invest in women. In this candid and inspiring book, Gates traces her awakening to the link between women's empowerment and the health of societies."

Wednesday, October 9: Scott Herring reviews The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough 
"Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David McCullough rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story—the settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on  ideals that would come to define our country."

Wednesday, October 16: Dr. Greg Van Dussen reviews Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport
"Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology. It's the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world. In this timely and enlightening book, the bestselling author of Deep Work introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless lives."

Wednesday, October 23: Peggy Grayson reviews Throwaway Nation: The Ugly Truth about American Garbage by Jeff Dondero
"Throwaway Nation takes a look at the pileup of waste in the US, including the problem of plastic, the industry of overmedication, e-waste products, everyday garbage, fast fashion trash, space waste, and other forms of profligacy that serve to make our nation the biggest waster on the planet. Looking at the environmental impact of so much garbage, Dondero explores not just how we got here and where we're headed, but ways in which we might be able to curb the tide." 

Wednesday, October 30: Jim Lewis reviews More Deadly Than the Male: Masterpieces from the Queens of Horror ed. by Graeme Davis
"More Deadly than the Male includes unexpected horror tales by Louisa May Alcott and Harriet Beecher Stowe, and forgotten writers like Mary Cholmondely and Charlotte Riddell, whose work deserves a modern audience. Readers will be drawn in by the familiar names and intrigued by their rare stories."   

Books Sandwiched In is sponsored by The Friends of Richmond Memorial Library