Book club to tackle ‘The Snoring Bird’

May 27, 2014

Thomaston — Thomaston Public Library's Intergenerational Book Club will discuss “The Snoring Bird: My Family's Journey Through a Century of Biology” by Bernd Heinrich Tuesday, June 17, at 2:30 p.m. at the library, located in the Thomaston Academy building, 60 Main St./Route 1.The club wants to give everyone enough notice to read this fascinating tome.

Heinrich is a professor emeritus in the biology department at the University of Vermont and the author of approximately 20 lyrical books about nature — animal behavior, biology, ecology, and evolution — including “Mind of the Raven” and “A Year in the Maine Woods.” In this memoir, Heinrich tells the story of his German family, particularly his father, through which he weaves the history of 20th-century biology and concurrent world history to tell a sprawling, fascinating tale of passion, war, relocation and ichneumon wasps (his father's primary biological interest).

On the third Tuesday of each month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together to share their opinions and ideas about the book selection. Extra copies of the books are purchased by Friends of the Thomaston Public Library from the Annual Appeal funds; donations are appreciated. All are welcome to attend. Those who live in Thomaston who would like to attend but need a ride are encouraged to call the library at 354-2453 the week before the club meets.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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