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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.

Halle Library Reading Club: Selections for Summer 2014

Summer Suspense Selection: Tuesday evening, June 10th from 5:15-6:15pm in library
Defending Jacob: A Novel, by William Landay

“A fast, compelling, and compulsively readable courtroom drama, Defending Jacob tells the story of a district attorney’s son who is accused of killing a classmate. As the father attempts to prove his son’s innocence, Landay explores uncomfortable territory: can a tendency toward violence be inherited? Is the capacity for murder a genetic disposition? The author, a former district attorney, gets the taut nuances just right, capturing the subtleties of a trial in a packed courtroom, where a small rustle or murmur can signify a lot. In the end Landay pulls off a clever plot device that doesn’t reveal itself until the final pages.”*

Potluck 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.”*

*Quotes taken from www.amazon.com reviews.

Any questions? Please email Audrey Koke: akoke@endicott.edu

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