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Pints & Presidents Book Discussion Group

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Presidential history buff Mike Shaw leads a discussion of Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History by John Dickerson. Dickerson is host of "Face the Nation" and contributor to Slate's Political Gabfest podcast. Must be over 21 years old. Beer available for purchase. Register online. Books available for checkout at The Westport Library.

Location and community partner: 323 Main Street Restaurant Bar, on the corner of Main St and Route 57

When not working as a copy editor, discussion leader Mike Shaw is reading books about presidential history. He recently completed the presidential biography challenge, where he read a bio of every president in order. He also runs an online presidential history discussion group and is always looking for new members.

 

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PageTurners Book Discussion: Kitchens of the Great Midwest

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. When Lars Thorvald’s wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine—and a dashing sommelier—he’s left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He’s determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter—starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva’s journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that’s a testament to her spirit and resilience.

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

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PageTurners Book Discussion: Kitchens of the Great Midwest

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. When Lars Thorvald’s wife, Cynthia, falls in love with wine—and a dashing sommelier—he’s left to raise their baby, Eva, on his own. He’s determined to pass on his love of food to his daughter—starting with puréed pork shoulder. As Eva grows, she finds her solace and salvation in the flavors of her native Minnesota. From Scandinavian lutefisk to hydroponic chocolate habaneros, each ingredient represents one part of Eva’s journey as she becomes the star chef behind a legendary and secretive pop-up supper club, culminating in an opulent and emotional feast that’s a testament to her spirit and resilience.

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

Sheffer Reading Room
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PageTurners Book Discussion: Circling the Sun

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of Circling the Sun by Paula McLain. Note that the evening group is now meeting Thursday, October 20 at 7 pm. Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman—Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir Out of Africa.  Set against the majestic landscape of early-twentieth-century Africa, McLain’s powerful tale reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the tenacity of the human spirit.

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

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PageTurners Book Discussion: Circling the Sun

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of Circling the Sun by Paula McLain. Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman—Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir Out of Africa. Set against the majestic landscape of early-twentieth-century Africa, McLain’s powerful tale reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the tenacity of the human spirit.

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

Sheffer Reading Room
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PageTurners Book Discussion: The Red Notebook

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain. Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There's nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there's all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

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

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PageTurners Book Discussion: The Red Notebook

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Join PageTurners for a discussion of The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain. Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There's nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there's all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

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

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Best New Books from Sybil Steinberg

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Sybil Steinberg

Westporter Sybil Steinberg, contributing editor and former book review section editor for Publishers Weekly, returns with her ever-popular talk on the best new reads. Get ready for your fall and winter reading with this critic’s expert overview of newly-published titles that are not to be missed.

Prior "Sybil's List of Best New Books."

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PageTurners Book Discussion: Pride and Prejudice

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As a part of of a year of reading Jane Austen, join PageTurners for a discussion of Pride and Prejudice. When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships,gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life. Though Austen set the story at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of "most loved books." It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, selling over 20 million copies, and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen's memorable characters or themes.

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

Information on more Library book groups.

Sheffer Reading Room
Book Groups

PageTurners Book Discussion: Pride and Prejudice

Please see full event listing for date.

 

As a part of of a year of reading Jane Austen, join PageTurners for a discussion of Pride and Prejudice. When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships,gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life. Though Austen set the story at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of "most loved books." It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, selling over 20 million copies, and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen's memorable characters or themes.

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

Information on more Library book groups.

Sheffer Reading Room
Book Groups