Book club announces titles

Book club announces titles

The first title to be discussed will be “Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit” by Eliese Colette Goldbach.


The Chautauqua Book Club at the Dover Public Library announced its schedule of upcoming discussion titles and dates. The group will meet on Zoom on Thursday, Jan. 28 at noon.

The title to be discussed will be “Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit” by Eliese Colette Goldbach.

To ArcelorMittal Steel, Eliese is known as #6691: Utility Worker, but this was never her dream. Fresh out of college, eager to leave behind her conservative hometown and come to terms with her Christian roots, Eliese found herself applying for a job at the local steel mill. The mill is everything she was trying to escape, but it’s also her only shot at financial security in an economically devastated and forgotten part of America.

In Rust, Eliese Colette Goldbach brings the reader inside the belly of the mill and the middle American upbringing that brought her there in the first place. She takes a long and intimate look at her Rust Belt childhood and struggles to reconcile her desire to leave without turning her back on the people she’s come to love — the people she sees as the unsung backbone of the nation.

Faced with the financial promise of a steelworker’s paycheck and the very real danger of working in an environment where a steel coil could crush you at any moment or a vat of molten iron could explode because of a single drop of water, Eliese finds unexpected warmth and camaraderie among the gruff men she labors beside each day.

Appealing to readers of “Hillbilly Elegy and Educated,” Rust is a story of the humanity Eliese discovers in the most unlikely and hellish of places, and the hope that therefore begins to grow.

Founded in 1878 at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle is one of the oldest continuous book-discussion groups in the United States. Each month at the Dover Public Library, a different title is selected and discussed. New members are always welcome. Upcoming discussion titles and dates are as follows:

Jan. 28: “Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit” by Eliese Colette Goldbach.

Feb. 25: “The Leavers: A Novel” by Lisa Ko.

March 25: “Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies” by J.B. West and Mary Lynn Kotz.

April 29: “Shiner: A Novel” by Amy Jo Burns.

May 27: “All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir” by Nicole Chung.

For more information or to reserve a copy of the book, visit or call the Dover Public Library at 330-343-6123. Register for the virtual book discussion at

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