Always New. Join six LLI members as they lead lively discussions of contemporary titles and old classics.
March 17 â”€ Main Street by SinclairÂ Lewis. Facilitator Michael Mugnolo.
This masterpiece is as relevant today as when it was written over ninety years ago, when Lewis exposed small town America as narrow-minded, resistant to change and suspicious of those who were not like us.Â When an outsider with different ideas and different views arrives in Gopher Prairie,Â neither she nor her notions are welcome.
March 24 â”€Â Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard. Facilitator Bob Berthelson.
InÂ the spring of 1865, America’s Civil War came to an end.Â President Abraham Lincoln’s surrender terms are shattered within days. When John Wilkes Booth murders Lincoln at Ford’s Theater and becomes Americaâ€™s most wantedÂ fugitive, the chase ends in a fiery shootout and a series of court-ordered executions.Â Vividly detailed, Killing Lincoln is history that reads like a thriller.
March 31Â Â â”€Â The Cutting Season by Attica Locke. Facilitator Judy Hinkle.
Caren Gray manages Louisiana’s stately BelleÂ Vie, an antebellum plantation-turned-tourist-attraction where past and present coexist uneasily.Â Outside the plantation gates, an ambitious corporation snaps up sugar cane fields from struggling families, replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount after a migrant worker is found murdered on the edge of the plantation property. Lockeâ€™s resonant novel is beautifully written.
April 7Â Â â”€ Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates. Facilitator Ralph Loomis.
A precise and seemingly flawless craftsman presents us with shocking portraits of isolationÂ and yearning. Characters share a tragic desire for oneÂ indefinable thing â”€ a level of existence, a life of meaning that is both better than what America can offer and grievously unattainable.Â And yet, Yatesâ€™s vision is uplifting, made gorgeous and almost holy by the strength of his prose and his sympathetic characters.
April 14Â â”€Â Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. Facilitator Richard Auwarter.
A different view of Thomas Cromwell, usually depicted as Henry Vlllâ€™s henchman, remembered for his hounding to death of a saintly Thomas More as a traitor to the king. In a captivating revision ofÂ history,Â Mantel’s Cromwell is recast as a hero of sorts, both for our time and his.Â Parallel to the rise of CromwellÂ we see the fall of Thomas More, who seems the lesser man.
April 21 â”€ The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve. Facilitator Carole Ann Wiemer.
Kathryn Lyons receives word that a plane flown by her husband Jack has exploded near the coast of Ireland. She confronts theÂ unfathomable one startling revelation at a time.Â Led by rumors that Jack had a secret life, Kathryn sets out to learn who her husband really was.Â Her search explores the question, “How well can we ever really know another person?â€ť