Sunday, December 7, 2008

AAUW Kingston Book Club revises reading list for 12/08 to 6/09

Edith Wharton: The House of MirthImage by Wolf Gang via FlickrImage by Wolf Gang via Flickr

Dec. 16, 2008 - ViVi Hlavsa will help us explore the poems in Section 2 of the looseleaf binder that she has assembled. The binder can be purchased or borrowed from the library.

Jan. 13*, 2009 (* note the date change) - Leeway Cottage by Beth Gutcheon. A story about a couple who meet at Julliard and are separated by WW2, when the husband goes back to his native Denmark and becomes involved with the successful rescue of the Danish Jews.

Feb. 17, 2009 - The Known World by Edward P. Jones. Before the Civil War, a black slave buys his freedom and then buys black men to work for him.

March 17, 2009 - The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. This heroine in early 20th-century New York has no fortune and is unable to find her place in the upper level of society. A fictional depiction of the rigid class system of the time.

April 21, 2009 - ViVi Hlavsa’s One Book, One Community selection: Russian Journal and selected short stories by Andrea Lee.

May 19, 2009 - Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles (BCB). Adair Colley, an 18-year-old girl in Missouri at the time of the Civil War is arrested by the Union Army as an Enemy Woman. She is interrogated by a Union Major and they fall in love.

June 16, 2009 - Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. Henry Fleming is a teenager who joins the Union Army during the Civil War. He is fearful of killing and dying and friends betray his fears. His wound is the red badge of courage. This is a coming of age story that does not glorify war. It has been called the first modern American novel.

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