Learn more about the book discussion groups meeting at the library:
Great Books Discussion Group
Readings for 2019
Noel Wien Library, Second Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., Group Study Room 2
These discussions generally follow the format and materials available through the Great Books Foundation. Having been through most of their readings, we now supplement with books of our own choosing. Members come from a variety of backgrounds and levels of education. The only requirements are a willingness to read carefully and an interest in discussing subjects that matter. Emphasis is on the experience of struggling to express our own interpretations and ideas rather than learning the latest opinions of academic specialists.
First-time participants should check with Pat Sackinger for copies of the selections and to verify the date. (Schedules sometimes change from the regular 2nd Tuesday. of the month).
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Exodus by Leon Uris [pp. 1-307, books 1, 2, 3.]
• Note: this selection will be read during summer of 2019 and discussed at the September meeting.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8
Exodus by Leon Uris [pp. 309-599, books 3,4,5.]
• Our discussion of Exodus continues this meeting.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
• Nobel Prize winning author.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
Library Contact: Julia Troike – 459-1058 | email@example.com
Discussion Leader: Pat Sackinger – 479-6808
Updated: July 2019
Then & Now
Then & Now: Old Favorites and Similar New Titles & Authors – Sometimes ‘something old is new again’ is true in the world of authors and their writings, too. Here’s a list of older titles and authors paired with newer titles and authors that successfully revisit topics and themes of the past.
Great American Read
THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series by PBS that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). The list contains a broad range of fictional titles, authors, time periods, countries, genres and subject matter. The list includes books from as far back as the 1600s and as recent as 2016. Voting will open online and on social media with the launch of the two-hour premiere episode and continue throughout the summer, leading up to the finale in October 2018. Over the summer, viewers can vote online and through hashtag voting via Facebook and Twitter. In the fall, viewers will also be able to cast their votes by using SMS and toll-free voting.
To learn more about the Great American Read and to vote for your favorite title, visit http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read.