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WestportREADS 2018: Discuss "Regeneration" at Barnes & Noble

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miracle at st. annaJoin facilitator Kelle Ruden and Barnes & Noble for a discussion of Regeneration by Pat Barker. This work of historical fiction that follows the experiences of soldiers during World War I. Read the book and join programs related to the book throughout the month of January & Februrary as we explore themes of healing and perseverance on the centenary of the end of WWI. 

Location & community partner: Barnes & Noble, 1076 Post Road East 

Regneration is the first novel in Pat Barker's acclaimed WWI trilogy, which continues with The Eye in the Door and culminates in the 1995 Booker Prize-winning The Ghost Road. In 1917 Siegfried Sasson, noted poet and decorated war hero, publicly refused to continue serving as a British officer in World War I. His reason: the war was a senseless slaughter. He was officially classified “mentally unsound” and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital. There a brilliant psychiatrist, Dr. William Rivers, set about restoring Sassoon’s “sanity” and sending him back to the trenches. This novel tells what happened as only a novel can. It is a war saga in which not a shot is fired. It is a story of a battle for a man’s mind in which only the reader can decide who is the victor, who the vanquished, and who the victim.

"Dramatic, moving, brilliantly harrowning ... a novel that makes the madness of war more than a metaphor."—The New York Times Book Review

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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History Book Discussion: All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid

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Join a discussion of All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid by Matt Bai. In May 1987, Colorado Senator Gary Hart—a dashing, reform-minded Democrat—seemed a lock for the party’s presidential nomination and led George H. W. Bush by double digits in the polls. Then, in one tumultuous week, rumors of marital infidelity and a newspaper’s stakeout of Hart’s home resulted in a media frenzy the likes of which had never been seen before.

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821.

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History Book Discussion: River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

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Join a discussion of River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard. At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821.

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History Book Discussion: Grant (Parts 1 & 2)

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Join a discussion of Grant by Ron Chernow. We will focus on Parts 1 & 2. Pulitzer Prize winner Ron Chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Grant.

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821.

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WestportREADS 2018 & The Usual Suspects Mystery Book Discussion: Greenmantle

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Facilitator Kelle Ruden leads a discussion of Greenmantle by John Buchan. Set during WWI, Richard Hannay, hero of The Thirty-Nine Steps, travels across war-torn Europe in search of a German plot and an Islamic Messiah. He is joined by three more of Buchan's heroes: Peter Pienaar, the old Boer Scout; John S. Blenkiron, the American determined to fight the Kaiser; and Sandy Arbuthnot, Greenmantle himself, modelled on Lawrence of Arabia. The intrepid four move in disguise through Germany to Constantinople and the Russian border toface their enemies: the grotesque Stumm and the evil beauty of Hilda von Einem.

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome.

WestportREADS 2018 is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

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PageTurners Discuss "The Shadow Land"

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of The Shadow Land by Elisabeth Kostova, author of #1 New York Times bestseller The Historian. A young American woman, Alexandra Boyd, has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, hoping that life abroad will salve the wounds left by the loss of her beloved brother. Soon after arriving in this elegant East European city, however, she helps an elderly couple into a taxi—and realizes too late that she has accidentally kept one of their bags. Inside she finds an ornately carved wooden box engraved with a name: Stoyan Lazarov. Raising the hinged lid, she discovers that she is holding an urn filled with human ashes. So beings this novel that explores the power of stories, the pull of the past, and the hope and meaning that can sometimes be found in the aftermath of loss. Link to the podcast of her talk here at the Library in April 2017.

PageTurners Book Club page

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. Information on more Library book groups.

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PageTurners Discuss "Exit West"

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. A finalist for the Man Booker Prize and a New York Times bestseller, this love story imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands.

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.

PageTurners Book Club page

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. Information on more Library book groups.

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PageTurners Discuss "Black Dog of Fate"

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of Black Dog of Fate by Peter Balakian. In his memoir, New York Times bestselling author Peter Balakian htells about growing up in the baby-boom suburbs of the '50s and '60s and coming to understand what happened to his family in the first genocide of the twentieth century—the Ottoman Turkish government's extermination of more than one million Armenians in 1915.

PageTurners Book Club page

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. Information on more Library book groups.

Weeks Seminar Room
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WestportREADS 2018: PageTurners & Westport Senior Center Discuss "Regeneration"

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of the WestportREADS book Regeneration by Pat Barker. This work of historical fiction that follows the experiences of soldiers during World War I. Read the book and join programs related to the book throughout the month of January & Februrary as we explore themes of healing and perseverance on the centenary of the end of WWI. 

Community partner: The Westport Center for Senior Activities

PageTurners Book Club page

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. Information on more Library book groups.

WestportREADS is funded by the estate of Jerry A. Tishman.

Regneration is the first novel in Pat Barker's acclaimed WWI trilogy, which continues with The Eye in the Door and culminates in the 1995 Booker Prize-winning The Ghost Road. In 1917 Siegfried Sasson, noted poet and decorated war hero, publicly refused to continue serving as a British officer in World War I. His reason: the war was a senseless slaughter. He was officially classified “mentally unsound” and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital. There a brilliant psychiatrist, Dr. William Rivers, set about restoring Sassoon’s “sanity” and sending him back to the trenches. This novel tells what happened as only a novel can. It is a war saga in which not a shot is fired. It is a story of a battle for a man’s mind in which only the reader can decide who is the victor, who the vanquished, and who the victim.

"Dramatic, moving, brilliantly harrowning ... a novel that makes the madness of war more than a metaphor."—The New York Times Book Review

Weeks Seminar Room

PageTurners Discuss "Cat's Eye"

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of Cat's Eve by Margaret Atwood. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale and the Booker Prize-winning author of The Blind Assassin comes a novel about a woman grappling with the tangled knot of her life. Disturbing, hilarious and compassionate, Cat’s Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to Toronto, the city of her youth, for a retrospective of her art. Engulfed by vivid images of the past, she reminisces about a trio of girls who initiated her into the fierce politics of childhood and its secret world of friendship, longing and betrayal. Elaine must come to terms with her own identity as a daughter, a lover, an artist and a woman—but above all she must seek release from her haunting memories.

PageTurners Book Club page

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821. New participants always welcome. Information on more Library book groups.

Weeks Seminar Room
Book Groups