Spring 2014 Book Discussion Series at the Library
The discussions will be led by Dr. Norma Mandel
Norma Mandel is a lecturer in the Education Program at Barnard College and was a contributor to "One Woman's Work: The Visual Art of Celia Laighton Thaxter." She received a Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
NOTE: Copies of the books will soon be available at the reference desk on the second floor of the library. Please call the library at 845-352-5700, ext. 243.
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
Please Note: Individuals are responsible for obtaining their own copy of this book.
None of the great Victorian novels is more vivid and readable than The Mayor of Casterbridge. Set in the heart of Hardy's Wessex, the 'partly real, partly dream country' he founded on his native Dorset, it charts the rise and self-induced downfall of a single 'man of character'. The fast-moving and ingeniously contrived narrative is Shakespearian in its tragic force, and features some of the author's most striking episodes and brilliant passages of description.
Friday: April 4 at 10 A.M
A Lost Lady by Willa Cather
A Lost Lady is the story of Niel Herbert, a young man who grows up in Sweet Water and witnesses the decline of Mrs. Forrester, for whom he feels very deeply, and also of the West itself from the idealized age of noble pioneers to the age of capitalist exploitation.
Friday: May 2 at 10 A.M
The Informers by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
When Gabriel Santoro's book is scathingly reviewed by his own father, a famous Bogotá rhetorician, Gabriel is devastated. Cataloguing the life of longtime family friend Sara Guterman, a Jewish German immigrant who escaped to Colombia during the 1930s, Gabriel's book seemed an innocent attempt to preserve a piece of his country's rapidly vanishing past. But as Gabriel pours over his research looking for clues to his father's anger, he discovers a sinister secret locked in the pages. After his father's death, and with the help of Sara Guterman and his father's girlfriend, Angelina, Gabriel peels back layer after shocking layer of family history-from the streets of 1940s Bogotá to a stranger's doorstep in 1990s Medellín-to reveal a hidden portrait of their past-dark, complex, and inescapable..
Friday: June 6 at 10 A.M
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