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Bird LIbrary Book Club



Join the HSC leisure book club, Relax and Read, which is a complement to Read and Lead! 

Relax and Read is sponsored by the Robert M. Bird Society, with Library faculty facilitating the book club.

Book Exchange

In 2015 BHSL Staff created a Relax and Read Book Exchange on the 4th floor of the Library in the Recreational Reading area.  Turn to your left once you exit the elevator.  If you see a book in the exchange you'd like to read take it and if you have a book you're finished with leave it, it's that simple.  



Program Overview

The Relax and Read book club was introduced on the HSC campus in March 2016. It's an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to discuss books that are for leisure reading.

Vote for our next book selection by filling out our form:  Book Suggestion Form

ALL BOOKS HAVE BEEN CLAIMED - All 40 slots have been filled and the participation form is now closed.

The Three Steps to Participating:

  1. Sign-up with our Book Club Participant Form! Books will be limited to the first 40 people to sign up in the Bird Library, 3rd floor Service Desk. You can sign up Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Be sure to bring your HSC ID and sign up early, books often go very quickly. Due to the limited numbers of books, we request no more than two faculty/staff per department sign up.
  2. Enjoy reading!
  3. Join us for a complimentary lunch and book discussion at noon on Friday, April 20th, in the History of Medicine Conference Room, 4th Floor in the Library.

For more information, please contact Kristi-Kohl@ouhsc.edu, Bird Library faculty librarian.

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Book Summary

Harlan Singer, a harmonica-playing troubadour, shows up in the Thompson family’s yard one morning. He steals their hearts with his music, and their daughter with his charm. Soon he and his fourteen-year-old bride, Sharon, are on the road, two more hobos of the Great Depression, hitchhiking and hopping freights across the Great Plains in search of an old man and the settlement of Harlan’s long-standing debt.

Finding shelter in hobo jungles and Hoovervilles, the newlyweds careen across the 1930s landscape in a giant figure eight with Oklahoma in the middle. Sharon’s growing doubts about her husband’s quest set in motion events that turn Harlan Singer into a hero while blinding her to the dark secret of his journey. A love story infused with history and folk tradition, Harpsong shows what happened to the friends and neighbors Steinbeck’s Joads left behind.

In this moving, redemptive tale inspired by Oklahoma folk heroes, Rilla Askew continues her exploration of the American story. Harpsong is a novel of love and loss, of adventure and renewal, and of a wayfaring orphan’s search for home—all set to the sounds of Harlan’s harmonica. It shows us the strength and resilience of a people who, in the face of unending despair, maintain their faith in the land.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/417871.Harpsong