2017-2018 Sibling Rivalries
This informal discussion group meets at 9:30 AM in the Tarbell Room for coffee and discussion. We welcome new members and occasional drop-ins. Copies of each title in various formats will be available at the Front Desk two weeks prior to the discussion.
March 16th The Sixth / Laura Thompson
Six glamorous women: Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica, and Deborah. Born into privilege, the Mitford sisters were the "bright young things" of high society London in the 1920s and 1930s. Born into country-house privilege in the early years of the 20th century, they became prominent as "bright young things" in the high society of interwar London. But as the shadow of Fascism crept over Europe, the stark--and very public--differences in their outlooks would reflect the political extremes of a dangerous era. The eldest was a razor-sharp novelist of upper-class manners; the second was loved by British poet laureate John Betjeman; the third was a Fascist who married Oswald Mosley, founder of the British Union of Fascists; the fourth idolized Hitler and shot herself in the head when Britain declared war on Germany; the fifth was a member of the American Communist Party; the sixth became Duchess of Devonshire. The intertwined stories of their stylish and scandalous lives hold up a revelatory mirror to upper-class English life before and after World War II. -- Adapted from dust jacket.
|Jan.12 2018||The Lowland||Jhumpa Lahiri|
|Jan.19||The Three Weissmanns of
|Feb.9||The Mill on the Floss||George Eliot|
|Mar 2||Fathers and sons||Ivan Turgenev|
|Mar 16||The Six||Laura Thompson|
|Apr 6||The Story Sisters||Alice Hoffman|
|Apr 27||East of Eden||
|May 11||The Burgess Boys||Elizabeth Strout|
May 18th end of year wrap up and party!
Previous titles read
|Sept. 15||Prince of Tides||Pat Conroy|
|Sept 29||The Green Road||Anne Enright|
|Oct. 13||The Brothers Bulgers||Howie Carr|
|Oct. 27||Homer & Langley||E.L. Doctorow|
|Nov. 17||Vanessa and her Sister||Priya Parmar|
|Dec. 8||The Wright Brothers||David McCullough|