Category Archives: Food for Thought

Food for Thought: The Thing Around Your Neck (Zoom)

In The Thing Around Your Neck… Adichie turns her penetrating eye on not only Nigeria but also America, in twelve dazzling stories that explore the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Africa and the United States.

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Copies of this book can be obtained from the Trumbull County Public Library, and the YSU Barnes and Noble.

Wednesday, January 13, 6:00-7:00PM EST. Register here. Haven’t read the book yet? No worries. Join us.

February 10 (novel) The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
March 10 (novel) We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
April 9 (graphic novel) Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
May 12 (novel) An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Food for Thought: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (Zoom)

Tess Taylor of NPR describes Ross Gay’s Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude: “Gay’s poems burst forth in leggy, unexpected ways, zooming in on legs furred with pollen or soil breast-stroking into the xylem.”

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 6 PM EST – 7 PM EST on Zoom. Register here. Copies of this book are available through Maag Library via the OhioLink, and the YSU Barnes and Noble. Haven’t read the book yet? No worries. Join us.

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Food for Thought: The Water Dancer

“In an essay on race and memory, Toni Morrison wrote of ‘the stress of remembering, its inevitability, [but] the chances for liberation that lie within the process.’ Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new novel, The Water Dancer, is an experiment in taking Morrison’s ‘chances for liberation’ literally: What if memory had the power to transport enslaved people to freedom?” by Annalisa Quinn of NPR.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 6 PM – 7 PM EST on Zoom. Register here for the 2020 book discussions on the second Wednesday.

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Food for Thought: The Autograph Man

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We missed everyone during our usual summer break. Let’s get the convo re-started with Zadie Smith’s The Autograph Man, Wednesday September 9 from 6:00-7:00. September through December we’ll meet 2nd Wednesdays on Zoom (until it’s safe to return to Cultivate Cafe). This registration link will give you access to the remaining 2020 discussions. In January we’ll switch to 2nd Thursdays, with a new registration link.

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Food for Thought: Black Authors

Last round, we enjoyed a series of books surrounding the theme of humankind in the natural world. As usual, we take the summer off and start up in September with a new series, this time books by Black authors. Hope you’ll join us.

September through December we’ll meet 2nd Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00. We met at Cultivate Cafe until we switched to Zoom. We miss meeting in person and will do so as soon as it’s safe. In January we’ll move to 2nd Thursdays.


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Food for Thought: Bringing Nature Home


The last selection in our series on humankind and the nature world is Bringing Nature Home by Douglas H. Tallamy. This is a fantastic guide for anyone with a lawn or garden, to restore the lost biodiversity from many decades of popular landscaping choices. The book is well organized and readable, with plenty of anecdotes and examples.

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Food for Thought: The Hidden Half of Nature


We picked this book out half a year ago for our series on humankind in the natural world; who knew it would be so relevant?

The Hidden Half of Nature is described as an “ambitious and prodigiously researched book” that presents a “romantic view of the microbial world” by Sonia Shah, a science journalist writing for The New York Times.
“At the heart of this delightful book lies the simple belief that microbes have ‘shaped our past and how we treat them will shape our future in ways we are only beginning to understand.’” Publishers Weekly Review
“A must-read for avid gardeners, those interested in bolstering our precarious food supply, or anyone remotely concerned about their health and the soil under their feet.” Kirkus Reviews Review
“Eye opening … A must for all fascinated by the workings of the body and for those concerned with health care and the environment.” Booklist Continue reading

Third Thursday Writers Circle

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Would you like some gentle feedback on new work you’ve written? Bring 12 copies (one poem or excerpt of prose, 2000 words max.). to the Third Thursday Writers Circle. Guest facilitator Allison Pitinii Davis.

We will meet in our office at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave. at 6:00, Thursday, March 19. Come to the door on the right, under the stone archway, and ring the buzzer.

Food for Thought: Unsheltered

67765923_1413678405437202_8801664256215875584_oAuthor Meg Wolitzer writes for the New York Times of Unsheltered, “A dual narrative needs to be not only well choreographed, but also, more important, necessary. Kingsolver’s dual narrative works beautifully here.”

You can find copies of the book at the Mahoning and Trumbull County libraries, YSU Maag Library via OhioLink and the YSU Barnes & Noble.

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