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July 2016

Morning Book Discussion: Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

July 27 @ 10:15 am - 11:30 am
Cady R. Morse Conference Room,
2nd Floor, Bethel Public Library
moonwalking-with-einstein

If you sometimes can't remember where you put your car keys or, like Foer, the car itself, don't panic. You're not alone, and you can do something about it. In this intriguing look at the nature of memory, Foer reassures us that we don't need to acquire a better memory; we just need to use the one we have more effectively. Foer introduces us to people whose memories are both astonishing, like the man who could memorize 1,528 random digits…

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August 2016

RESCHEDULED Quarterly Classic Book Discussion

August 3 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Cady R. Morse Conference Room,
2nd Floor, Bethel Public Library
midsummer nights dream book cover

One of Shakespeare's most frequently performed plays and regarded as maybe his best comedy, this is the story of the events surrounding the wedding of Theseus, Duke of Athens, and the Amazonian queen Hippolyta. At the outset of the play we find Hermia, who is in love with Lysander but is betrothed by her father's arrangement to Demetrius. Meanwhile Helena laments her unrequited love of Demetrius. Several parallel and interconnecting plot lines complicate the narrative. One of these is the planning of a…

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Evening Book Discussion: The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

August 29 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Local History Room,
Seelye House, Bethel Public Library
space between us

Thrity Umrigar's poignant novel about a wealthy woman and her downtrodden servant, offers a revealing look at class and gender roles in modern day Bombay. Alternatively told through the eyes of Sera, a Parsi widow whose pregnant daughter and son-in-law share her elegant home, and Bhima, the elderly housekeeper who must support her orphaned granddaughter, Umrigar does an admirable job of creating two sympathetic characters whose bond goes far deeper than that of employer and employee. Told in a series…

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Morning Book Discussion: The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

August 31 @ 10:15 am - 11:45 am
Cady R. Morse Conference Room,
2nd Floor, Bethel Public Library
space between us

Thrity Umrigar's poignant novel about a wealthy woman and her downtrodden servant, offers a revealing look at class and gender roles in modern day Bombay. Alternatively told through the eyes of Sera, a Parsi widow whose pregnant daughter and son-in-law share her elegant home, and Bhima, the elderly housekeeper who must support her orphaned granddaughter, Umrigar does an admirable job of creating two sympathetic characters whose bond goes far deeper than that of employer and employee. Told in a series…

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September 2016

Quarterly Classic Book Discussion: Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Cady R. Morse Conference Room,
2nd Floor, Bethel Public Library
around the world

Taking up a challenge from his whist partners, a mysterious English gentleman named Phileas Fogg wagers half his fortune and abandons his quiet domestic routine to undertake a daring feat: to circle the globe in a mere 80 days, an achievement unheard of in the Victorian world. Fogg and his devoted manservant avail themselves of virtually every known means of transportation in their wild race against time. Meanwhile, a devious detective dogs their every step and introduces fresh obstacles. The…

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