Club takes on ‘The Cowboy and the Cossack’

Sep 06, 2017

Thomaston — The Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club will discuss “The Cowboy and the Cossack” by Clair Huffackers Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 2:30 p.m. at Thomaston Public Library, located in the Thomaston Academy building on Main Street/Route 1.

In the 1880s, 15 Montana cowboys sail into Vladivostok with a herd of 500 longhorns, ready to cross a thousand miles of Siberian wilderness. When a band of Cossacks, Russia’s elite horsemen and warriors, shows up to escort these rough and ready Americans to their destination, the clash of cultures begins. The code of the cowboy West and the credo of the Cossack East seem to be two different measures of a man — but honor and courage are the same in any language when a common enemy must be faced.

On the third Tuesday of every month, this group of men and women of all ages gathers at the library to share opinions and ideas about the book selection. All are welcome. Those who live in Thomaston and would like to attend but need a ride should call the library at 354-2453 a week before the discussion.

The selection for Oct. 17 is “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi and Abraham Verghese. It is available on the library's Kindles and there will be copies available at the circulation desk. For the complete list of all books chosen for 2017, visit

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

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