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July 2014

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

July 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Cady R. Morse Conference Room,
2nd Floor, Bethel Public Library

No registration required. Books are available at the Circulation Desk about a month before the discussions. “The book conquers without persuading, it shakes you without exaggerating, a perfect work of art and at the same time truth that cannot be doubted” – Stefan Sweig “The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature,…

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June 2014

Evening Book Discussion: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

June 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cady R. Morse Conference Room,
2nd Floor, Bethel Public Library

No registration required. Books are available at the Circulation Desk about a month before the discussions. Tristran Thorn grows up in the English village of Wall unaware that his mother was from the Fairy land beyond the town’s titular barrier. But when the girl he loves laughingly promises him anything he desires if he can bring her a star that has just fallen from the sky, Tristran gallantly and rashly ventures into the Fairy land upon this quest. He finds…

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May 2014

Evening Book Discussion: Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch

May 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cady R. Morse Conference Room,
2nd Floor, Bethel Public Library

No registration required. Books are available at the Circulation Desk about a month before the discussions. When Sankovitch lost her older sister to cancer, she was determined to “live her life double” in order to make up for her family’s painful loss. But after three years spent at a frenetic pace, Sankovitch decided to slow down and rediscover the pleasure of books in order to reconnect with the memory of her sister. Despite the day-to-day responsibilities of raising four sons—and…

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April 2014

Evening Book Discussion: Beloved by Toni Morrison

April 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cady R. Morse Conference Room,
2nd Floor, Bethel Public Library

No registration required. Books are available at the Circulation Desk about a month before the discussions. Powerful is too tame a word to describe Toni Morrison’s searing novel of post-Civil War Ohio. Morrison, whose myth-laden storytelling shone in Song of Solomon and other novels, has created an unforgettable world in this novel about ex-slaves haunted by violent memories. Before the war, Sethe, pregnant, sent her children away to their grandmother in Ohio, whose freedom had been paid for by their…

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March 2014

Evening Book Discussion: The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

March 10 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Cady R. Morse Conference Room,
2nd Floor, Bethel Public Library

Diane Ackerman tells the remarkable WWII story of Jan Zabinski, the director of the Warsaw Zoo, and his wife, Antonina, who, with courage and coolheaded ingenuity, sheltered 300 Jews as well as Polish resisters in their villa and in animal cages and sheds. Using Antonina’s diaries, other contemporary sources and her own research in Poland, Ackerman takes us into the Warsaw ghetto and the 1943 Jewish uprising and also describes the Poles’ revolt against the Nazi occupiers in 1944. She…

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