The Classics Book Discussion Group meets the third Monday of the month, except during summer, at noon in the DeFrates Reading Room on the 2nd floor of the library. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. Please call the Readers' Services desk at 753-4900 extension 5606 if you have any questions about the reading group.
On Monday, November 16, 2015, the Classics Book Group will be discussing John Knowles' A Separate Peace.
Jacket Notes: "An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to the second world war. Set at a boys boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world. A bestseller for more than thirty years, A Separate Peace is John Knowles' crowning achievement and an undisputed American classic.,
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On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, the group will meet to discuss Karilyne’s Korner: An Allert Village Novel,
by LOCAL AUTHOR Kristy Woods.
Jacket Notes: "Ms. Woods was born and raised in Springfield and has been writing since childhood.
Karilyne’s Korner is her first published novel and the first in the Allert Village trilogy. She is currently working on the
second book, Patricia’s Promise.
Karilyne is having a difficult time with the death of her mother. Her children are suddenly grown and gone and her husband is consumed with work. Jaclyn is returning to the village to spend time with her ailing father. Patricia is running away from painful memories and guilt. Karilyne opens the tea room she has always dreamed of hoping to fill the void. Jaclyn and Patricia are drawn to the small cafe where "the tea is warm and comforting and the chocolate cake is soulful". While her husband is gone, Kurt, the first love of her life, moves back to the village while Frankie, a gorgeous organic farmer, begins his own campaign to win Karilyne's affections. Will Karilyne seek the comfort of another man while Jake is gone or will she stop feeling sorry for herself long enough to see that if she turns her self-pity into the strength she has hidden within, find the faith she has lost, she could make a difference in the lives of those around her and, ultimately, in her own.”
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