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The November 2008 Book Clubs Schedule
Novermber 3 to 26
Talk about Books & Authors
Nelson DeMille -- November 10 to 14
It's been over ten years since we've seen John and Susan Sutter; now Nelson DeMille returns with Gate House, the sequel to Gold Coast. See all Nelson DeMille titles.
New Reads with Rachel Kubie: What Happened to Anna K. with the author, Irina Reyn.
Exploring struggles of identity, fidelity, and community, What Happened to Anna K. is a remarkable retelling of the Anna Karenina story, brought vividly to life by an exciting young writer.
Talk about Genres & Ideas
The Classics book club reads Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave by Frederick Douglass.
No book, except perhaps Uncle Tom’s Cabin, had as powerful an impact on the abolitionist movement as Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. But while Stowe wrote about imaginary characters, Douglass’s book is a record of his own remarkable life. Born a slave in 1818 on a plantation in Maryland, Douglass taught himself to read and write. In 1845, seven years after escaping to the North, he published Narrative, the first of three autobiographies. This book calmly but dramatically recounts the horrors and the accomplishments of his early years -- the daily, casual brutality of the white masters; his painful efforts to educate himself; his decision to find freedom or die; and his harrowing but successful escape. An astonishing orator and a skillful writer, Douglass became a newspaper editor, a political activist, and an eloquent spokesperson for the civil rights of African Americans. He lived through the Civil War, the end of slavery, and the beginning of segregation. He was celebrated internationally as the leading black intellectual of his day, and his story still resonates in ours.
The Epics book club reads Ward No. 6 and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov.
Anton Chekhov invented the modern short story. With writing that is concise, realistic, and evocative, he became a sort of photographer in words, less interested in plot than in the subtleties of mood and atmosphere, and the telling detail. His characters, always vividly drawn, come from all walks of life and often seem to be caught up in a world they don’t quite understand. This selection of twenty-three stories explores the entire range of Chekhov’s short fiction, from early sketches, such as “The Cook’s Wedding” (1885) and “On the Road” (1886) to late works, such as “In the Ravine” (1900) and “The Bishop" (1902). Ward No. 6 and Other Stories includes some of his most popular tales, such as the title story and “The Lady with the Dog” (1899), as well as several lesser-known works, no less masterful in their composition.
The Jewish Encounters book club talks to Adam Kirsch, the author of Benjamin Disraeli.
In this compelling biography, renowned poet and critic Adam Kirsch looks at Benjamin Disraeli as a novelist as well as a statesman, recognizing that the Jewish outsider who became one of the world's most powerful men was his own greatest character. Though baptized by his father at the age of twelve, Disraeli was seen -- and saw himself -- as a Jew. But her created an idea of Jewishness to rival the British notion of aristocracy. Disraeli was a figure of fascinating contradictions: an archconservative who benefited from England's liberal attitudes, a baptized Christian who saw Jewishness as a matter of racial superiority, a perennial outsider who dreamed of glory for England, which, in the words of one contemporary, became for Disraeli "the Israel of his imagination."
The Literature by Women book club reads The Gathering by Anne Enright.
The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan are gathering in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother, Liam, drowned in the sea. His sister, Veronica, collects the body and keeps the dead man company, guarding the secret she shares with him -- something that happened in their grandmother’s house in the winter of 1968. As Enright traces the line of betrayal and redemption through three generations her distinctive intelligence twists the world a fraction and gives it back to us in a new and unforgettable light. The Gathering is a daring, witty, and insightful family epic, clarified through Anne Enright’s unblinking eye.
The Shakespeare book club reads The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare.
A rough-and-tumble farce centered around a lively battle of the sexes, The Taming of the Shrew brims with action and bawdy humor. The unconventional romance between a lusty fortune-hunter and a bitter shrew unfolds to the accompaniment of witty, fast-paced dialogue and physical humor.