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History Book Discussion: "The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932"

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Join a discussion of The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932 by master biographer William Manchester. It reveals the first fifty-eight years of the life of an adventurer, aristocrat, soldier, and statesman whose courageous leadership guided the destiny of his darkly troubled times—and who is remembered as one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century.

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821.

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History Book Discussion: "Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War "

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Join a discussion and discover the truth behind the legend of the Mayflower and the settlement of Plymouth Colony as we discuss Nathanial Philbrick's electrifying book, Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War, a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in History and winner of the Massachusetts Book Award for nonfiction. The story of the Pilgrims does not end with the First Thanksgiving; instead, it is a fifty-five-year epic that is at once tragic and heroic, and still carries meaning today..

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821.

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History Book Discussion: Herodotus's "The Histories "

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Join a discussion of Herodotus's The Histories. In Tom Holland’s translation, one of the great masterpieces of Western history springs to life. Herodotus of Halicarnassus—hailed by Cicero as the “Father of History”—composed his histories around 440 BC. The earliest surviving work of nonfiction, The Histories works its way from the Trojan War through an epic account of the war between the Persian empire and the Greek city-states in the fifth century BC, recording landmark events that ensured the development of Western culture and still capture our modern imagination.

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821.

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History Book Discussion: "Confederates in the Attic"

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Join a discussion of Confederates in the Attic is a work of non-fiction by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tony Horwitz. Horwitz explores his deep interest in the American Civil War and investigates the ties in the United States among citizens to a war that ended more than 130 years previously. He reports on attitudes on the Civil War and how it is discussed and taught, as well as attitudes about race.

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821.

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History Book Discussion: "The Killer Angels"

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Amateur historian and Westporter J. Bruce McGuirk leads a discussion of The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara.

On June 15 the first troops of the Army of Northern Virginia, Robert E. Lee commanding, slip across the Potomac at Williamsport and begin the invasion of the North.

It is an army of seventy thousand men. They are rebels and volunteers. They are mostly unpaid and usually self-equipped. It is an army of remarkable unity, fighting for disunion. It is Anglo-Saxon and Protestant. Though there are many men who cannot read or write, they all speak English. They share common customs and a common faith and they have been consistently victorious against superior numbers. They have as solid a faith in their leader as any veteran army that ever marched. They move slowly north behind the Blue Ridge, using the mountains to screen their movements. Their main objective is to draw the Union Army out into the open where it can be destroyed. By the end of the month they are closing on Harrisburg, having spread panic and rage and despair through the North.For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821.

 


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PageTurners Discuss "The Memory of Running"

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty. By all accounts, especially his own, Smithson "Smithy" Ide is a loser. An overweight, friendless, chain-smoking, forty-three-year-old drunk, Smithy’s life becomes completely unhinged when he loses his parents and long-lost sister within the span of one week. Rolling down the driveway of his parents’ house in Rhode Island on his old Raleigh bicycle to escape his grief, the emotionally bereft Smithy embarks on an epic, hilarious, luminous, and extraordinary journey of discovery and redemption.

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PageTurners Discuss "Submission"

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of Submission by Michel Houellebecq. This political satire imagines a situation in which a Muslim party upholding traditionalist and patriarchal values is able to win the 2022 presidential election in France with the support of the Socialist Party. The book drew an unusual amount of attention because, by a macabre coincidence, it was released on the day of the Charlie Hebdo shooting.

Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker has said of Submission that "Houellebecq is not merely a satirist but—more unusually—a sincere satirist, genuinely saddened by the absurdities of history and the madnesses of mankind." Michel Houellebecq's book may be satirical and melancholic, but it is also hilarious, a comic masterpiece by one of France's great novelists.

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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 "The Scarlet Letter"

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The book is considered to be his "masterwork". Set in 17th-century Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony, during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. Throughout the book, Hawthorne explores themes of legalism, sin and guilt.

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


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Sybil Steinberg's New Book Picks

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Sybil Steinberg Westporter Sybil Steinberg, contributing editor and former book review section editor for Publishers Weekly, returns with more ideas for your summer reading with her ever-popular talk on the best new reads.


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History Book Discussion: "Custer's Trials"

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Amateur historian and Westporter J. Bruce McGuirk leads a discussion of Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T. J. Stiles.
This winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer’s legacy has been ignored. Stiles demolishes Custer’s historical caricature, revealing a capable yet insecure man, intelligent yet bigoted, passionate yet self-destructive, a romantic individualist at odds with the institution of the military (court-martialed twice in six years) and the new corporate economy, a wartime emancipator who rejected racial equality. Stiles argues that, although Custer was justly noted for his exploits on the western frontier, he also played a central role as both a wide-ranging participant and polarizing public figure in his extraordinary, transformational time—a time of civil war, emancipation, brutality toward Native Americans, and, finally, the Industrial Revolution—even as he became one of its casualties.

“If anyone could make a reader forget Custer’s last stand, at least for a few hundred pages at a time, it would be T.J. Stiles… Stiles is a serious and accomplished biographer, but he is more than that. He is a skilled writer, with the rare ability to take years of far-ranging research and boil it down until he has a story that is illuminating and, at its best, captivating.” —The New York Times Book Review

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821.


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