“When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers thatDarcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.” – from the publisher.
This program is free and all are welcome.
Books are currently available at the circulation desk.
Please join us on Tuesday, January 13 at 7:30 PM to discuss the classic novella The Pearl by John Steinbeck. The discussion will be led by Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services.
“One of Steinbeck’s most taught works, The Pearl is the story of the Mexican diver Kino, whose discovery of a magnificent pearl from the Gulf beds means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. His dream blinds him to the greed and suspicions the pearl arouses in him and his neighbors, and even his loving wife Juana cannot temper his obsession or stem the events leading to tragedy. This classic novella from Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck examines the fallacy of the American dream, and illustrates the fall from innocence experienced by people who believe that wealth erases all problems.” (From the Publisher)
All are welcome.
No registration required. Free.
Copies of the book are currently available at the Circulation Desk on the Main Floor.
For more information, contact the Readers’ Services Department: 516-921-7161 x 239.
As an admitted “Book Fanatic”, I read constantly, averaging about 100 books per year. Lately though, I have found myself so overwhelmed by all the new books being released that I haven’t made time to read the classics.
Every once in awhile it’s refreshing to look back at the titles that have lasted through generations of readers and figure out what makes them so great. I’ve decided classics are always better the second time around. I find myself able to appreciate the writing, the tone, the foreshadowing and other literary elements because I’m not worrying about what happens next… I already know the ending. Below are the titles I believe are worth a second reading (or first, if you’ve never read them). Yes, there are MANY more that I could add. These are just my favorites …
My first choice is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and a remake of the original film is rumored to be in the works.
“First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity.”
“Growing up in the home of a cruel aunt and a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre, an orphaned young woman, accepts employment as a governess at Thornfield Hall and soon finds herself in love with her employer, the enigmatic Rochester.”
*All descriptions from the Publishers.
– Posted by Jackie Ranaldo, Head of Readers’ Services
Today we introduce another feature that will be recurring on this blog, “Question of the Week” (a great idea that’s borrowed from another blog (Daily Lit– thanks!). Hopefully we’ll spark some enlightening ” back and forth” in the comments. Since October is National Reading Group Month, thoughts turn to reading groups and the discussions they generate.
Although I have been involved in book discussions with various reading groups over the years, one of the best discussions that I have ever participated in was for “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway at one of the library’s monthly book club meetings this past summer. This was because it was the first time I had been involved with a reading group discussion involving a book considered a classic. It might be a cliché, but that’s why they are called classics. They are books that usually seem, on the surface, to be either very simple or very complicated and sometimes quite boring to read. Yet, if you stop and think about the motivations for what the characters say or do, and the word choices the author is making, a “classic” book will yield insights that do not stop coming! Although I had read “The Sun Also Rises” before, hearing it discussed by the group led me to a variety of new and different thoughts about it. Discussion of any book will do this but a “classic” will always allow for greater depth.
Since National Reading Group Month is almost over, a reading group question seems to be in order:
Which book, read for a reading group, has led to the most interesting and liveliest discussion?