Current Issues Political Book Discussion Group
The next meeting will be on
Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 2:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room. The topic will be Winter is Coming by Gary Kasparov.
SUMMARY:The Russian former chess champion explains his opposition to Russian president Vladimir Putin and issues a call for taking a diplomatic and economic stand against him.
The next meeting will be on
Thursday, Feb. 18, at 4:00 p.m.
The topic will be Stay, Illusion
by Lucy Brock-Boido, National Book Award Finalist.
, the much-anticipated volume of poems by Lucie Brock-Broido, illuminates the broken but beautiful world she inhabits. Her poems are lit with magic and stark with truth: whether they speak from the imagined dwelling of her "Abandonarium," or from habitats where animals are farmed and harmed "humanely," or even from the surreal confines of death row, they find a voice like no other--dazzling, intimate, startling, heartbreaking.
Eddying between the theater of the lavish and the enigmatic, between the gaudy and the unadorned, Brock-Broido's verse scours America for material to render unflinchingly the here and now. Grandeur devolves into a comic irony: "We have come to terms with our Self / Like a marmoset getting out of her Great Ape suit." She dares the unexplained: "The wings were left ajar / At the altar where I've knelt all night, trembling, leaning, rough / As sugar raw, and sweet." Each poem is a rebellious chain of words: "Be good, they said, and so too I was / Good until I was not." Strange narratives, interior and exterior, make a world that is foreign and yet our own; like Dickinson, Brock-Broido constructs a spider-sibling, commanding the "silk spool of the recluse as she confects her eventual mythomania." And why create the web? Because: "If it is written down, you can't rescind it."
This month's meeting of the Book Chat will be on Feb. 21 at 2:00 p.m. The topic will be Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively.
LIBRARY JOURNAL REVIEW:
Lively . . . won Britain's prestigious Booker Prize for this deeply moving, elegantly structured novel. The heroine is Claudia Hampton, an unconventional historian and former war correspondent who lies in a hospital bed dying of cancer. Forced inward, Claudia moves randomly across time and place to reconstruct the strata of her life. But "most lives have their core, their kernel, the vital centre''; Claudia's is the brief, tragic encounter she had in Egypt during the war with Tom Southern, a British tank officer on leave from battle. Tom's voice, along with those of her brother and daughter, joins Claudia's to shape a narrative that is a complex, intricately composed fugue.
Drama Discussion Group
The next meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 22, at 4:00 p.m. The topic will be Electra by Euripides.
PUBLISHER'S SUMMARY: The complete text of the landmark encyclical letter from Pope Francis that, as Timemagazine reported, "rocked the international community." In the Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality, the beloved Pope exhorts the world to combat environmental degradation and its impact on the poor. In a stirring, clarion call that is not merely aimed at Catholic readers but rather at a wide, lay audience, the Pope cites the overwhelming scientific evidence of climate change, and does not hesitate to detail how it is the result of a historic level of unequal distribution of wealth.
History Book Club
The next meeting of this group will be on Wednesday, February 24, at 7:00 p.m. The topic will be the "history of money and banking in America."
Book Club Chair Sam Coulbourn invites you to read any nonfiction book on subjects such as wampum, potlatch, Jefferson and Jackson and the quasi-central banks, Civil War and the monetary system, the Federal Reserve, the Crash of 1929, the New Deal, Bretton Woods, The Gold Standard, more. Come prepared for a lively discussion!