The FRENCH LANGUAGE BOOK CLUB will meet on Tuesday, February 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, to discuss L’œuvre au noir, by Marguerite Yourcenar.
En créant le personnage de Zénon, alchimiste et médecin du XVIe siècle, Marguerite Yourcenar, l'auteur des Mémoires d'Hadrien, ne raconte pas seulement le destin tragique d'un homme extraordinaire. C'est toute une époque qui revit dans son infinie richesse, comme aussi dans son âcre et brutale réalité ; un monde contrasté où s'affrontent le Moyen Age et la Renaissance, et où pointent déjà les temps modernes, monde dont Zénon est issu, mais dont peu à peu cet homme libre se dégage, et qui pour cette raison même finira par le broyer.
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The French Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, call Isabelle at 818-238-5620.
GENRE-X BOOK CLUB (not your mother's book club) will meet on Thursday, February 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Library. Genre-X is a book club at which Millennials and Gen-Xers hang out, drink coffee, and read short, interesting books. It meets the third Thursday of each month upstairs at the Central Library. (Look for the signs!)
In February, the club will discuss Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov.
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The BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB will meet next on Tuesday, February 21, at noon at the Central Library. The club will read and discuss The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick.
A year after the death of his wife, Miriam, Arthur Pepper discovers a charm bracelet she'd hidden away, and the charms point to parts of her life he'd never known during their 40 years of marriage. Arthur sets out on a quest to uncover the provenance of the charms. From a family home in India to a tumbledown English manor to an author's home in London to a Parisian wedding-dress shop, Arthur is surprised and rattled by the places, people, and experiences he discovers shaped Miriam's life before their simple, contented existence in York. With the help of his adult children and a meddlesome neighbor, Bernadette, Arthur realizes that what their life lacked in adventure was made up for in abiding love.
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THE SCENE OF THE CRIME MYSTERY BOOK CLUB also meets on Tuesday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the Buena Vista Branch (in the storytime room). That club will read and discuss The Summer of the Big Bachi, by Naomi Hirahara.
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Patrons are welcome to join either of these book clubs; please contact Naomi Aronoff at 818 238-5625.