Saturday, November 12, 2016

Upcoming Library Book Clubs

On Tuesday, November 15, the Brown Bag Book Club will meet at noon at the Central Library to discuss The Paying Guests, by Sarah Waters. Please bring your lunch and join in the conversation!

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. In South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers. (Syndetics, a Bowker service)

That evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Buena Vista Branch, the Scene of the Crime Book Club will consider The Daughter of Time (Inspector Grant #5), by Josephine Tey. Feel free to consider it with them!

Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant is intrigued by a portrait of Richard III. Could such a sensitive face actually belong to a heinous villain — a king who killed his brother's children to secure his crown? Grant seeks what kind of man Richard was and who in fact killed the princes in the tower. (Goodreads)

On Thursday, November 17, the Genre-X Book Club (not your mother's book club) will be chatting about Dept. of Speculation, by Jenny Offill. Genre-X is a book club for Millennials and Gen-Xers at which they can hang out, drink coffee, and read short, interesting books.


Jenny Offill’s heroine, referred to in these pages as simply “the wife,” once exchanged love letters with her husband postmarked Dept. of Speculation, their code name for all the uncertainty that inheres in life and in the strangely fluid confines of a long relationship. As they confront an array of common catastrophes—
a colicky baby, a faltering marriage, stalled ambitions—the wife analyzes her predicament, invoking everything from Keats and Kafka to the thought experiments of the Stoics to the lessons of doomed Russian cosmonauts. She muses on the consuming, capacious experience of maternal love, and the near total destruction of the self that ensues from it as she confronts the friction between domestic life and the seductions and demands of art. (Goodreads)

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