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Wilmette Library offers four book discussion series through the Adult Services Department.  Please see details below.

Classics & Contemporary        Monday Night Readers        Online Book Club

 

Classics and Contemporary

Meet in the Small Meeting Room, second Tuesday of the month, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Refreshments served.

On October 14, we will discuss John Steinbeck's classic, Of Mice and Men.  Two itinerant farm workers in the 1930s have a strange friendship.  George assumes responsibility for Lenny, a childlike giant who inadvertently kills what he tries to caress.  Their dream of finding a home where they can escape from society's ill treatment is ever elusive.  OfMiceAndMen
On November 11, we will discuss The Optimist's Daughter, Eudora Welty's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Laurel, a widow who returns to Mississippi when her father falls ill, must confront his death while trying to make sense of the loss of her mother many years earlier. She embarks on a deeply personal journey to explore her past and family in order to understand where her future lies.  Optimists Daughter

 

Monday Night Discussion Group - Explore the World of Jane Austen

 

Afternoon Tea with Jane AustenJaneParasol

Saturday, November 15, 2:00
Jane Austen takes center stage when actress Debra Ann Miller portrays Austen at her most vibrant and hopeful time. Tea and refreshments served.  Registration required beginning October 27.

 

 

 

 Book Discussions

Monday, October 27, 7:00
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Austen gives love and marriage a run for their money in this country novel of manners set in Georgian England.  Written over 200 years ago and still one of the most popular works of English literature. 

 

Pride and Prejudice
 
Monday, November 24, 7:00
Longbourn by Jo Baker
Baker takes us below stairs area in the Austen households. While the lords and ladies dine, the staff that serves them has a rich life of their own.

 

Longbourn
 
Monday, December 15, 7:00
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Austen’s last completed novel features an older heroine who navigates the complex social world of the landed gentry with a sadder, yet wiser eye.

 

 Persuasion

 

Online Book Club

Great for commuters and anyone who prefers a book club without meetings.  Create an account at www.goodreads.com search "Groups" for "Wilmette Public Library" and post your comments at any time.

September through October, we will be reading The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides! 
a scorching psychological thriller set in 1954 at Ashcliffe Hospital--a federal institution for the criminally insane. As a storm threatens to strand U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner Chuck Aule, they stumble into an evil darker than any nightmare. - See more at: http://wilmette.bibliocommons.com/item/show/787975035_shutter_island#sthash.IapHrZbe.dpuf
a scorching psychological thriller set in 1954 at Ashcliffe Hospital--a federal institution for the criminally insane. As a storm threatens to strand U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner Chuck Aule, they stumble into an evil darker than any nightmare. - See more at: http://wilmette.bibliocommons.com/item/show/787975035_shutter_island#sthash.IapHrZbe.dpuf
a scorching psychological thriller set in 1954 at Ashcliffe Hospital--a federal institution for the criminally insane. As a storm threatens to strand U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner Chuck Aule, they stumble into an evil darker than any nightmare. - See more at: http://wilmette.bibliocommons.com/item/show/787975035_shutter_island#sthash.IapHrZbe.dpuf
This beautiful and sad first novel, recently adapted for a major motion picture, tells of a band of teenage sleuths who piece together the story of a twenty-year old family tragedy begun by the youngest daughter's spectacular demise by self-defenstration, which inaugurates "the year of the suicides." - See more at: http://wilmette.bibliocommons.com/item/show/250886035_the_virgin_suicides#sthash.bBc4oNgC.dpuf
This beautiful and sad novel tells the story of a band of teenage sleuths who piece together the story of a twenty-year old family tragedy begun by the youngest daughter's self-demise, which inaugurates the "year of suicides."  Pick up print copies at the Library, or for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents, search for short stories and download at www.mymediamall.net.
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