Join us for Hawthorne Library's monthly book club The Salad Days! This group is tailored to (but by no means limited to!) readers of the millennial generation looking to explore books and popular culture. We meet the fourth Thursday of each month at Barriques - Atwood (2166 Atwood Ave). You can pick up books at Hawthorne Library. ~ I Was Told to Come Alone by Souad Mekhennet ~ For her whole life Souad Mekhennet a reporter for The Washington Post who was born and educated in Germany has had to balance the two sides of her upbringing - Muslim and Western. She has also sought to provide a mediating voice between these cultures which too often misunderstand each other. In this compelling and evocative memoir we accompany Mekhennet as she journeys behind the lines of jihad starting in the German neighborhoods where the 9/11 plotters were radicalized and the Iraqi neighborhoods where Sunnis and Shia turned against one another and culminating on the Turkish/Syrian border region where ISIS is a daily presence. In her travels across the Middle East and North Africa she documents her chilling run-ins with various intelligence services and shows why the Arab Spring never lived up to its promise. She then returns to Europe first in London where she uncovers the identity of the notorious ISIS executioner "Jihadi John " and then in France Belgium and her native Germany where terror has come to the heart of Western civilization.