Halle Library Reading Club
Halle Library Reading Club
Do you like to read and share thoughts on books? Would you like to read more but need an incentive? Join the Halle Library Reading Club! This club is for all faculty, staff, students and friends. Although it is called a club, individuals may attend any meeting that interests them...there are no sign-ups or obligations.
All interested are welcome to attend. Books will be available for check out at library’s circulation desk a few weeks prior to each meeting.
Friday, August 22nd from Noon-1pm
One Summer,: America, 1927, by Bill Bryson
We will meet at Summer’s end to discuss not only our summer experiences, but those depicted by Mr. Bryson during 1927. Hopefully we will have a sunny day to enjoy our potluck on Endicott Beach. As the date nears, please let Audrey know what you will bring to the potluck. Also, remember to bring along comfortable seating for yourself.
“May 21, 1927, when Charles Lindbergh set off to be the first man to cross the Atlantic alone in an airplane, he profoundly changed the culture and commerce of America and its image abroad. Add to that Babe Ruth’s efforts to break the home-run record he set, Henry Ford’s retooling of the Model T into the Model A, the execution of accused anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti, and Al Jolson appearing in the first talkie, and 1927 became the pivot point when the U.S. began to dominate the world in virtually everything—military, culture, commerce, and technology. Bryson’s inimitable wit and exuberance are on full display in this wide-ranging look at the major events in an exciting summer in America. Bryson makes fascinating interconnections: a quirky Chicago judge and Prohibition defender leaves the bench to become baseball commissioner following the White Sox scandal, likely leaving Chicago open for gangster Al Capone; the thrill-hungry tabloids and a growing cult of celebrity watchers dog Lindbergh’s every move and chronicle Ruth’s every peccadillo. Among the other events in a frenzied summer: record flooding of the Mississippi River and the ominous beginnings of the Great Depression. Bryson offers delicious detail and breathtaking suspense about events whose outcomes are already known.”*
Wednesday, October 1st from 5:15pm-6:15pm in the library
Little Bee, by Chris Cleve
“Sarah Summers is enjoying a holiday on a Nigerian beach when a young girl named Little Bee crashes irrevocably into her life. All it takes is a brief and horrifying moment of crisis — a terrifying scene that no reader will forget. Afterwards, Sarah and Little Bee might expect never to see each other again. But Little Bee finds Sarah’s husband’s wallet in the sand, and smuggles herself on board a cargo vessel with his address in mind. She spends two years in detention in England before making her way to Sarah’s house, with what will prove to be devastating timing.”*
Classic Book and Contemporary Movie
Wednesday, November 12th from 5:15-6:15pm in the library
Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen and The Jane Austen Book Club
Back by popular demand, we will discuss a book and a movie during this session. We will read Jane Austen’s classic Northanger Abbey, “one of her earliest novels, it was not published until after her death--well after she'd established her reputation with works such as Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility. Of all her novels, this one is the most explicitly literary in that it is primarily concerned with books and with readers.” The movie, The Jane Austen Book Club, “centers on a group of six friends in Sacramento, Calif., who gather to distract themselves from loss (a newly dumped Sylvia, played with grace and quiet pain by Amy Brenneman), repressed disappointment (the prissy teacher Prudie, played by Emily Blunt), or a life of unrealized dreams (Jocelyn, played by Maria Bello, whose acting skills have gained great nuance, both in comedy and drama). All are devoted Austen fans, except the lone man, Grigg (Hugh Dancy, adorable and available, ladies), who has an ulterior motive for joining the chick-lit gang. As the months unfold, we learn about the relationships of all the members, and watch as elements of Austen's novels and characters pop up with enchanting regularity.”
*Quotes taken from www.amazon.com reviews.
Any questions? Please email Audrey Koke: firstname.lastname@example.org