NEW BOOK GROUP ADDED!
Join local writer and facilitator Peg Alford Pursell for a lively exploration of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. We meet the second Tuesday evening of each month in the Friends Bookstore (2nd Floor of City Hall) from 7-8:00pm
Next meeting is on Tuesday, May 13
From Amazon: When is it wise to be a fool for something? What makes people want to be better than they are? From New York to India to Paris, from the Catholic Worker movement to Occupy Wall Street, the characters in Joan Silber’s dazzling new story cycle tackle this question head-on.
Vera, the shy, anarchist daughter of missionary parents, leaves her family for love and activism in New York. A generation later, her own doubting daughter insists on the truth of being of two minds, even in marriage. The adulterous son of a Florida hotel owner steals money from his family and departs for Paris, where he takes up with a young woman and finds himself outsmarted in turn. Fools ponders the circle of winners and losers, dupers and duped, and the price we pay for our beliefs.
Lesser Known Novels
Join us for an engaging discussion of lesser known gems in literary fiction. We meet the first Monday afternoon of each month in the City Hall Conference Room from 2:30-3:30.
Next meeting is Monday, May 5th
From Amazon: A voyage of discovery, two remarkable women, and an extraordinary time and place enrich this New York Times bestselling novel by Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl With a Pearl Earring and The Last Runaway.
On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, poor and uneducated Mary Anning learns that she has a unique gift: "the eye" to spot fossils no one else can see. When she uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious community on edge, the townspeople to gossip, and the scientific world alight. After enduring bitter cold, thunderstorms, and landslips, her challenges only grow when she falls in love with an impossible man.
Mary soon finds an unlikely champion in prickly Elizabeth Philpot, a middle-class spinster who shares her passion for scouring the beaches. Their relationship strikes a delicate balance between fierce loyalty, mutual appreciation, and barely suppressed envy, but ultimately turns out to be their greatest asset.
Past novels have included:
Fools, Joan Silber
Remarkable Creatures, Tracy Chevalier
The Son, Phillip Meyer
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler
The Reader, Bernard Schink
The Day of the Locust, Nathaneal West
A Woman in Jerusalem, A.B. Yehoshua
Mrs. Bridge, Evan S. Connell
The Weight of Water, Anita Shreve
Regeneration, Pat Barker
The Stranger, Albert Camus
The Statement, Brian Moore
Hunger, Elise Blackwell
To Siberia, Per Petterson
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Brian Moore
July's People, Nadine Gordimer
An Artist of the Floating World, Kazuo Ishiguro
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
Music of a Life, Andrei Makine
Comedy in a Minor Key, Hans Keilson
Being Dead, Jim Crace
Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson
The Lover, Marguerite Duras
Samurai's Garden, Gail Tsukiyama
Ignorance, Milan Kundera
Crow Lake, Mary Lawson
Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee
Music of a Life, Andrei Makine