Alachua Branch Book Club

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Join us at the Alachua Branch for a fun monthly book discussion. Each month we will select one Adult Fiction or Nonfiction title to read and discuss it as a group. Meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Meeting Room. Copies of the current book will be available upon request at the Circulation Desk. To confirm availability, please call 386-462-2592 or email

Currently Reading:

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An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us by Ed Yong

Tuesday, March 19, 2 p.m., Alachua Branch Meeting Room

The Earth teems with sights and textures, sounds and vibrations, smells and tastes, electric and magnetic fields. But every animal is enclosed within its own unique sensory bubble, perceiving but a tiny sliver of an immense world. This book welcomes us into a previously unfathomable dimension--the world as it is truly perceived by other animals.

We encounter beetles that are drawn to fires, turtles that can track the Earth's magnetic fields, fish that fill rivers with electrical messages, and humans that wield sonar like bats. We discover that a crocodile's scaly face is as sensitive as a lover's fingertips, that the eyes of a giant squid evolved to see sparkling whales, that plants thrum with the inaudible songs of courting bugs, and that even simple scallops have complex vision. We learn what bees see in flowers, what songbirds hear in their tunes, and what dogs smell on the street. We listen to stories of pivotal discoveries in the field, while looking ahead at the many mysteries which lie unsolved.

In An Immense World, author and acclaimed science journalist Ed Yong coaxes us beyond the confines of our own senses, allowing us to perceive the skeins of scent, waves of electromagnetism, and pulses of pressure that surround us. Because in order to understand our world we don't need to travel to other places; we need to see through other eyes. (Provided by Publisher)

Upcoming Meetings:
April 16 – The Bodyguard by Katherine Center
May 21 – Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
June 18 - The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Previously Read: 
The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
Something Wilder by Christina Lauren
As Long As We Both Shall Live by JoAnn Chaney
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
Book Lovers by Emily Henry
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Falling by T.J. Newman

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