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June 2014

Morning Book Discussion: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

June 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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

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

May 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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

Morning Book Discussion: Beloved by Toni Morrison

April 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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

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

March 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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 introduces…

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February 2014

Morning Book Discussion: Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje

February 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Cady R. Morse Conference Room,
2nd Floor, Bethel Public Library

In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the “cat’s table”—as far from the Captain’s Table as can be—with a ragtag group of “insignificant” adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship crosses the Indian Ocean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury. But there are other diversions as well: they are first exposed to…

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