Monthly Book Discussion (Free)
Monthly Event - Second Thursday of every month: 10:00 AM (PST)
This active reading group meets on the second Thursday of each month at 10am in the Windolph Room.
November 14 - Madame Bovary (Flaubert)
December 12 - Disgrace (Coetzee)
February 13 Sons and Lovers (D.H. Lawrence, 1913)
NOTE: Due to the library being closed on February 13, this book will now be discussed at an extended session on March 13.
More than any other, this work earned Lawrence the reputation he now enjoys, or would have if he hadn’t passed away in 1930 at age 44. A refined woman marries a blue-collar man and comes to hate him, and so devotes herself to her sons. Problems ensue when one of these said sons wants to break from her grasp and find love on his own.
March 13 One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez, 1970) PLUS Sons and Lovers
One of the most influential literary works of our time, "One Hundred Years of Solitude" is a dazzling and original achievement by the masterful Gabriel Garcia Marquez, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
April 10 The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (Robert Heinlein, 1967) Remember that little thing called the American Revolution? This book discusses the potential for a lunar revolution to gain independence from Earth, and is considered by many to be Heinlein’s finest work.
May 8 The Winter of Our Discontent (John Steinbeck, 1961) Morality tale about Ethan Hawley, from a former New England aristocratic family, but who now is a lowly clerk with a materialistic and unsatisfied family. His upright ways are stretched to the breaking point by the advice of friends and family, and we follow the fortunes of Ethan as wends his way along a new and slippery slope.
June 12 Room: a Novel (Emma Donoghue, 2010) Psychological drama told from the perspective a 5-year-old who’s grown up in a single 11-foot-square room with his mother as a kidnap victim. The real story unfolds when they escape and Jack must face a world he’s only known through television.
July 10 The Sense of An Ending (Julian Barnes, 2011) What if much of what you thought you knew about your past was suddenly made suspect? Tony Webster finds a journal from a college friend who committed suicide 40 years prior, and it shakes his perceptions of both his friend and how he’s spent his all-too-average life.
August 14 The Cellist of Sarajevo (Steven Galloway, 2008) Inspired by an actual person, the Cellist tells the important story about how people tried to go about their lives in the tumultuous and violent years during the breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. Sarajevo is also the site of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand 100 years ago this month, leading more or less directly to World War I.
September 11 The Magus (John Fowles, 1998) Welcome to the story of Nicholas Urfe, a young Englishman who accepts a teaching assignment on a remote Greek island. There his friendship with a local millionaire evolves into a deadly game, one in which reality and fantasy are deliberately manipulated, and Nicholas must fight for his sanity and his very survival.
October 9 Sweet Tooth (Ian McEwan, 2012) Unusual tale set in Cold War England, where a beautiful and bookish co-ed is recruited by a subversive government agency called M15. His mission: infiltrate the literary circle of promising young author Tom Haley in order to help the government influence the population to think the way the government wants them to think.
November 13 1984 (George Orwell, 1948) Classic cautionary tale of government overreach, and what happens to a society when a passive population accepts being kept in the dark. Full of commonly used cultural references, and perfect reading for welcoming the coming Winter.
December 11 The Death of Ivan Ilych (Leo Tolstoy, 1886) This novella, quite possibly the shortest work ever selected by this group, traces the painful final days of Ivan Ilych, a judge in 19th century Russia. As Ivan grapples with his increasingly inevitable demise at the tender age of 45, he begins to become more honestly reflective about what kind of life he has led. Good short read for the busy holiday season.
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