BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

November 13 2019, 2 pm

Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov

Translated by Pevear and Volokhonsky

October 2019

Mill On The Floss by George Eliot

September 2019

​The novel details the lives and complex relationship of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, siblings growing up at Dorlcote Mill on the River Floss.

Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

August 2019

The hero of the novel is a half-blood Laguna Indian who returns to his reservation after surviving the Bataan Death March of World War II. As he struggles to recover his peace of mind, Tayo finds that memory, identity, and his relations with others all resemble the colored threads of his grandmother’s sewing basket.

Tayo’s problems, however, extend far beyond the alienation he encounters in trying to readjust to peacetime. Having risked his life for an America that fundamentally disowns him, Tayo must confront painful questions about the society he has been fighting for.

The Nice and the Good by Iris Murdoch

July 2019

​John Ducane, a respected Whitehall civil servant, is asked to investigate the suicide of a colleague. As he pursues his inquiry he uncovers a world of murder, blackmail, and black magic.​

The novel combines elements of the thriller and romantic comedy genres.

Ajax and Philoctetes by Sophocles

June 2019

These Greek tragedies were written in the 5th century BC, and are two of the seven extant Sophocles plays.

The first play depicts the fate of the warrior Ajax, after the events of the Iliad and before the end of the Trojan War, while the second describes the difficult attempt by Neoptolemus and Odysseus to bring Philoctetes back to Troy from the island of Lemnos.

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

May 2019

Morrison unravels the mysterious chain of being in a black American family in this book of genealogical revelations. Powerful confrontations dominate the action, as a young son leaves his northern home on a quest for personal freedom that unexpectedly divulges the emotional riches of his roots.

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne

April 2019

Full of satire and bawdy humor, this classic could be considered the first postmodern novel with its wry narrative.

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

March 2019

An absolute classic of noir fiction where Sam Spade finds himself searching for an enigmatic statue.

The Moviegoer by Walker Percy

February 2019

On the cusp of turning 30, a young New Orleans stockbroker fills his days with movies and sex, but will soon undergo a major transformation.

The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

January 2019

Set during the glitz and glamor of the Golden Age, the story of a spirited young woman's struggle with society's strict limitations.

Kokoro by Natsume Sōseki

December 2018

The story of a young man and his friendship with the elder Sensei set in early 20th century Japan when vast political and cultural shifts are taking place.

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

November 2018

A stunning literary achievement which is wildly inventive and a true masterpiece of fiction.

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