Book Club Meetings

Literary Giants: Snobbery

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, April 28, 2008 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

This readable but serious work examines the nature and place of snobbery and its various manifestations in America. Epstein defines snobbery as the practice of making oneself feel superior at the expense of others. He writes of snobbery in the workplace, and of its presence in evaluating education, taste, dress, wealth, and race as factors in determining "class" inclusion. He compares his own snobberies with those he discerns in others, and overviews Americans' interactions with the cultures of England and the European continent.

Literary Giants: All Over But The Shoutin'

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, January 15, 2007 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

This haunting, harrowing, and gloriously moving recollection of a life on the American margin tells the story of Rick Bragg, who grew up dirt poor in Alabama, and who became a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for "The New York Times".

Literary Giants: My Brilliant Career

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, May 23, 2005 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

In this ironically titled and riotous first novel by Miles Franklin, originally published in 1901, Sybylla tells the story of growing up passionate and rebellious in rural NSW. where the most that girls could hope for was to marry or to teach. Sybylla will do neither, but that doesn't stop her from falling in love, and it doesn't make the choices any easier.

Literary Giants: Hell at the Breech

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, January 5, 2004 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

In 1897, in the rural southwestern area of Alabama known as Mitcham Beat, an aspiring politician is mysteiously murdered. Seeking retribution, his outraged friends - mostly poor cotton farmers - form a secret society, Hell-at-the-Breech, to punish the townspeople they believe are responsible. The hooded members of this gang wage a bloody year-long campaign of terror that culminates in a massacre, where the innocent suffer alongside the guilty.

Literary Giants: The Polished Hoe

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Monday, March 31, 2008 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

A tragic, complex story of postcolonial Barbadian life following World War II. Oppression still flourishes on Bimshire, an island controlled by "the Plantation." Mary, the kept woman of Mr. Bellfeels, the powerful plantation manager, is not accepted into the island's upper echelon nor accepted among her childhood friends. Her status isolates her from common folk like Sgt. Percy Stuart, her childhood friend. The story begins after Mary has murdered Mr. Bellfeels and Percy must record her all-night confession, an obligation complicated by his lifelong love for Mary.

Knit 1, Read Too! - Night

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2006 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

How can the God he once so fervently believed in have allowed these monstrous events to occur?

Knit 1, Read Too! - A Simple Plan

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Hank is driving on a lonely country road with his brother, Jacob, and his brother's pal, when suddenly Jacob's dog leaps into the woods. Following him, the three men come upon the wreckage of a single-engine plane and the body of the pilot. Under the seat they find a duffel bag containing four million dollars in packets of hundred-dollar bills. Shocked, barely able to make sense of what they see, they try to puzzle out the right thing to do. They arrive at a seemingly simple plan, a plan that will enable them to hide, keep, and eventually share the fortune.

Knit 1, Read Too! - Three Junes

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Scotsman Paul McLeod, the father of three grown sons, is newly widowed and on a group tour of the Greek islands as he reminisces about how he met and married his deceased wife and created their family.

Knit 1, Read Too! - Angle of Repose

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family.

Knit 1, Read Too! - Excellent Women

Location: Madison Public Library
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2006 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Mildred Lathbury, the narrator of Pym's excellent book is a never-married woman in her 30s--which in 1950s England makes her a nearly-confirmed spinster. Hers is a pretty unexciting life, centered around her small church, and part-time job. But Mildred is far more perceptive and witty than even she seems to think, and when Helena and Rockingham Napier move into the flat below her, there seems to be a chance for her life to take a new direction.

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