Seniors Program North – Book Club for Seniors – The Great Alone

Most participants will use the free Talking Books player. The audio book player will be mailed to you at no cost, as well as all audio books. We can help you complete an application if you are not yet enrolled in the program. Friends, family members & caretakers are invited to participate as well. Please RSVP at: (847) 510-2060.

In honor of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, support group & book club will take place one week earlier than usual, on Monday, September 23rd. Please make note of the schedule changes in your calendar.

This month, we will discuss the novel, The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah. Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam War a changed & volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier. Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything & go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown. At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men & even stronger women. The long, sunlit days & the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation & dwindling resources. But as winter approaches & darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates & the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni & her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves.

In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty & resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer & the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty & danger. The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love & loss, the fight for survival, & the wildness that lives in both man & nature.


Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Chicago Lighthouse North at 222 Waukegan Road, Glenview, IL 60025. Please call (847) 510-6200 to RSVP for all events.