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Evening Book Group

Tuesday October 28, 2014
7:00 PM until 8:15 PM

Our selection for discussion is Sue Monk Kidd’s novel The Invention of Wings.

“The story follows Hetty “Handful” Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. “The Invention of Wings” follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined”– Publisher Description.

Copies are available at the Main Desk. Newcomers welcome.

Morning Book Group

Thursday October 9, 2014
10:00 AM until 11:00 AM

Our selection this month is The Dinner by Herman Koch.

“An internationally bestselling phenomenon: the darkly suspenseful, highly controversial tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives — all over the course of one meal….Tautly written, incredibly gripping, and told by an unforgettable narrator, The Dinner promises to be the topic of countless dinner party debates. Skewering everything from parenting values to pretentious menus to political convictions, this novel reveals the dark side of genteel society and asks what each of us would do in the face of unimaginable tragedy.” Publisher Description

Copies are available at the Main Desk. Newcomers always welcome.

Making Sense of the American Civil War

civilwarpic.Wednesday October 1, 2014
6:30 PM until 8:15 PM

Making Sense of the American Civil War is a scholar–led series (part lecture, part discussion) that explores the Civil War as well as the economic and political culture of mid-19th century America from a variety of perspectives.  We will discuss eyewitness accounts by soldiers and military leaders, speeches by key decision makers, interpretive commentary by historians, and literary renderings of life on the ‘home front.’

The discussions will be facilitated by Dr. Denise Askin, Professor Emerita of St. Anselm College. Attendees will read the novel March by Geraldine Brooks, Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson, and selected readings from America’s War edited by Edward Ayers.

October 1 – Imagining War – the first session of the Civil war series, used fiction to enter the bewildering world of America during the Civil War. In the novel March, by Geraldine Brooks, Reverend March (the father of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott) leaves New England to minister to Union soldiers. His experiences threaten the very beliefs that led him into the war. Participants will compare the “real life” journal kept by Louisa May Alcott in a Civil War hospital, with Brooks’s imaginative exploration of horror and redemption in war time.

Sponsored by the NH Humanities Council, NEH, and the American Library Association

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