Fall 2013 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 Nick Adams Stories by Ernest Hemingway
The famous "Nick Adams" stories show a memorable character growing from child to adolescent to soldier, veteran, writer, and parent -- a sequence closely paralleling the events of Hemingway's life.
Friday: October 4 at 10 A.M
A Woman in Jerusalem by A.B. Yehoshua
A woman in her forties is a victim of a suicide bombing at a Jerusalem market. Her body lies nameless in a hospital morgue. She had apparently worked as a cleaning woman at a bakery, but there is no record of her employment. When a Jerusalem daily accuses the bakery of "gross negligence and inhumanity toward an employee," the bakery's owner, overwhelmed by guilt, entrusts the task of identifying and burying the victim to a human resources man. This man is at first reluctant to take on the job, but as the facts of the woman's life take shape-she was an engineer from the former Soviet Union, a non-Jew on a religious pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and, judging by an early photograph, beautiful-he yields to feelings of regret, atonement, and even love.
Friday: November 1 at 10 A.M
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
In 1923, fifteen-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented. Hattie gives birth to nine more children whom she raises with grit and mettle and not an ounce of the tenderness they crave. She vows to prepare them for the calamitous difficulty they are sure to face in their later lives, to meet a world that will not love them, a world that will not be kind. Captured here in twelve luminous narrative threads, their lives tell the story of a mother's monumental courage and the journey of a nation.
Friday: December 6 at 10 A.M
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