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ReadItMathews program returns to library

Mathews Memorial Library is again sponsoring ReadItMathews, a program designed to have as many county residents as possible read the same book and engage in a conversation about it.

The book chosen this year is “Tribe” by Sebastian Junger, the author of “The Perfect Storm” and director of the Oscar-nominated feature documentary “Restrepo.”

“Tribe” is about “why tribal sentiment is such a rare and precious thing in modern society, and how the lack of it has affected us all,” Junger says on his webpage. He discusses the loyalty and belonging that are inherent in tribalism and says that hardship can actually be a blessing.

“Humans don’t mind duress, in fact they thrive on it,” he said. “What they mind is not feeling necessary.”

Library director Bette Dillehay said the book suggests that there’s a need for community in today’s world, and that a sense of community is just what Mathews C...

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