On the third Tuesday morning every month, the Sidney Public Library hosts a book club. Members of the club, having read the selection of the month, meet to discuss the book and anything else that follows from the book. Everyone has their own reason for being there. But mostly it is about reading a good book.
The Sidney Public Library is always looking for new book club members. All are welcome to join the discussion on the third Tuesday of each month at 10:00am.
If you are interested in a different type of book club, such as genre-based (like science fiction), age-based (like teens), or one that meets in the evening please contact the library to see about setting something up. The Sidney Library will happily entertain book club ideas.
September 21, 2021 - The Tattoist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.
Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.
One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.
A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.