All College Book Club:
Once in a great while, we encounter a novel in our voluminous reading that begs to be read aloud. Leif Enger’s debut, Peace Like a River, is one such work. His richly evocative novel, narrated by an asthmatic 11-year-old named Reuben Land, is the story of Reuben’s unusual family and their journey across the frozen Badlands of the Dakotas in search of his fugitive older brother. Charged with the murder of two locals who terrorized their family, Davy has fled, understanding that the scales of justice will not weigh in his favor. But Reuben, his father, Jeremiah—a man of faith so deep he has been known to produce miracles—and Reuben’s little sister, Swede, follow closely behind the fleeing Davy.
Affecting and dynamic, Peace Like a River is at once a tragedy, a romance, and an unflagging exploration into the spirituality and magic possible in the everyday world, and in that of the world awaiting us on the other side of life. In Enger’s superb debut effort, we witness a wondrous celebration of family, faith, and spirit, the likes of which we haven’t seen in a long, long time—and the birth of a classic work of literature. –Goodreads
Pick up a copy at either library and join us on 7/23 in the Library conference room in Randolph or Williston.
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Will Jeffries grew up in West Topsham, Vermont, where he was home-schooled and raised working on his family’s farm. Although he learned a great deal from the mechanical and construction projects that were his specialty, this situation did not provide the support he needed to attend college at the traditional age. At 23 he made a new start for himself and soon found employment as an assembly-line welder working at Woodstock Soapstone Stoves in West Lebanon.
Jeffries also says that “The balance that I have found here of work, school, and other interests makes life a rich tapestry of experience and has led to opportunities that I had never expected, including an unforgettable engineering internship at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia this summer.”
He encourages all his fellow classmates to be passionate and engaged with the wider world outside of classes as well, “I make sure to find time outside of work and school for friends, community, and a variety of interests. I love hiking, swimming, and simply exploring new places to find the hidden gems out there in the world; driving to Burlington or Montreal for a weekend. One passion that follows me in most of my travels is a love for social dances of all kinds; Swing, Contra-Dance, Blues, Fusion, and Argentine Tango to name a few.”
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