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Keep Up With the Latest Digital, Social, and Literary Trends; December 2019

Dec 09, 2019 09:04AM

Book Club: What to Read This Month

The Great Alone

by Kristin Hannah
When Ernt Allbright comes home from the Vietnam War he’s a different man. He can’t keep a job because of his volatile behavior, so he decides the answer is to move his family to Alaska and live off the land. His wife, Cora, will do anything for him, while their 13-year-old daughter only wants a better future for her family. But winter brings darkness—not only to the long days but to Ernt as well—and Cora and her daughter realize they’re alone and must learn to survive together.

The Water Dancer

by Ta-Nehisi Coates
In addition to Hiram Walker losing his mom to slavery when he’s nine years old, he also loses the memory of her. Replacing the loss is a mysterious power he discovers when he almost drowns—a power that saves his life and gives him the hunger to survive and rescue the family stolen from him.
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

by Maxwell King
This first, full-length biography about American icon Mr. Rogers follows him throughout his professional and personal life drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents.

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Hobby Spotlight: Snowshoeing

Are you looking for a fun, low-impact winter activity that’ll keep you in shape and active? Snowshoeing is beginner-friendly, less expensive than skiing, and a perfect outing alongside friends.

What you need:
  • Snowshoes (rent first to make sure you like it!)
  • Poles
  • Waterproof boots and socks
  • Warm clothes (dress in layers)
  • Gloves and a hat
  • Water
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
Where to go:
  • Meeks Bay, Lake Tahoe
  • Spooner Lake State Park, Lake Tahoe
  • Camp Richardson, South Lake Tahoe
Check out local ski shops for snowshoe rentals and trail maps.

Articles by Julie Ryan