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Literary Giants: Early Bird

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Monday, June 30, 2008 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Rodney Rothman
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Early Bird

Rothman has been a head writer for David Letterman and, at the age of 25, a retiree. Burned out after a few hectic years of work, he decided to quit and move into a retirement village in Florida. This exploration of the world of retirement forty years early provides a glimpse of a lifestyle known popularly only through stereotypes. Rothman becomes king of the shuffleboard court, arranges an uneasy détente with his condo mate's cats, and infiltrates the Pool Group. Rothman applies his reading on retirement to his personal situation with humorous and poignant results. Read more about Literary Giants: Early Bird

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Literary Giants: What Was She Thinking

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Monday, May 19, 2008 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Zoe Heller
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What Was She Thinking

When Sheba Hart arrives to be the new art teacher at the school where Barbara teaches history, solitary Barbara is immediately taken with her. Soon, she invites Barbara over to her house to have meals with her family. Barbara is shocked to learn that Sheba is being pursued by a 15-year-old student and scandalized to find that Sheba has given in to his romantic overtures. The novel's ending ultimately reveals Barbara's true character as much as it shows the depths to which Sheba has fallen. Both a penetrating character study and a sharp examination of voyeurism. Read more about Literary Giants: What Was She Thinking

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Literary Giants: The Polished Hoe

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Monday, March 31, 2008 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Austin Clark
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The Polished Hoe

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. Read more about Literary Giants: The Polished Hoe

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Literary Giants: Snobbery

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Monday, April 28, 2008 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Joseph Epstein
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Snobbery

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. Read more about Literary Giants: Snobbery

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Literary Giants: We Need To Talk About Kevin

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Monday, February 18, 2008 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Lionel Shriver
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We Need To Talk About Kevin

Eva never really wanted to be a mother, and certainly not the mother of the boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with Kevin's horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklyn. Uneasy with the sacrifices and social demotion of motherhood from the start, Eva fears that her alarming dislike for her own son may be responsible for his actions. Read more about Literary Giants: We Need To Talk About Kevin

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Literary Giants: A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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Monday, November 26, 2007 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Flannery O'Connor
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A Good Man is Hard to Find

The collection that established O'Connor's reputation as one of the American masters of the short story. The volume contains the celebrated title story, a tale of the murderous fugitive The Misfit, as well as The Displaced Person and eight other stories. Read more about Literary Giants: A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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Literary Giants: The Children's Blizzard

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Monday, October 29, 2007 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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David Laskin
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The Children's Blizzard

The morning of January 12, 1888, dawned so unseasonably mild that many children in the Midwest walked to school without heavy coats or gloves. That afternoon, the quiet skies broke suddenly into a raging chaos of hurricane-force winds and blinding snows. Thousands of people, many of them schoolchildren returning home from class, were stranded in this bone-numbing blizzard. By the next morning, more than 500 people lay dead, many of them children caught just a few yards from shelter. David Laskin's The Children's Blizzard captures a weather event so horrific that its savage blasts are still remembered in Nebraska, Minnesota, and the Dakotas. Read more about Literary Giants: The Children's Blizzard

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Literary Giants: The Voice at the Back Door

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Monday, August 27, 2007 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
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Elizabeth Spencer
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The Voice at the Back Door

In the mid-1950s, the town of Lacey in the Mississippi hill country is a place where the lives of blacks and whites, though seemingly separate, are in fact historically and inevitably intertwined. When Lacey's fair-haired boy, Duncan Harper, is appointed interim sheriff, he makes public his private convictions about the equality of blacks before the law, and the combined threat and promise he represents to the understood order of things in Lacey affects almost every member of the community. In the end, Harper succeeds in pointing the way for individuals, both black and white, to find a more harmonious coexistence, but at a sacrifice all must come to regret. Employing her extraordinary literary powers - finely honed narrative techniques, insight into a rich, diverse cast of characters, and an unerring ear for dialect - Spencer makes palpable the psychological milieu of a small southern town hobbled by tradition but lurching toward the dawn of the civil rights movement. Read more about Literary Giants: The Voice at the Back Door

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Literary Giants: A Lesson Before Dying

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Wednesday, February 26, 2003 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Ernest J. Gaines
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A Lesson Before Dying

A young black named Jefferson is a reluctant party in a shoot-out in a liquor store in which the three other men involved are all killed, including the white store owner. Jefferson, the only survivor, is accused of murder. At the trial, the essence of the defense is that the accused, a lowly form of existence lacking even a modicum of intelligence, is incapable of premeditated murder. His lawyer argues: "Why, I would just as soon put a hog in the electric chair as this." But Jefferson is condemned to death. Grant Wiggins, who left his small rural black community to go to university, has returned to the plantation school to teach children whose lives promise to be not much better than Jefferson's. But he wonders whether he has the will to take off north or west like so many before him who knew it was the only way to climb out of a centuries-old rut. He is grappling with his own situation when Jefferson's godmother and Grant's aunt persuade Grant to impart something of himself, of his learning and pride, to Jefferson before his death - to prove the lawyer wrong. (Club Rating: 9) Read more about Literary Giants: A Lesson Before Dying

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Literary Giants: House of Sand and Fog

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Monday, March 31, 2003 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Andre Dubus
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House of Sand and Fog

In this page-turning, breathtaking novel, the characters will walk off the page and into your life. House of Sand and Fog is a narrative triumph in which a traditional immigrant success story and a modern love story are turned upside down with brutal, heartrending consequences. It is an American tragedy, and a shockingly true picture of the country we live in today. (Club Rating: 8) Read more about Literary Giants: House of Sand and Fog

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