¬†Always New! Join six LLI members as they lead interesting and lively discussions of contemporary titles and treasured classics.
September 19 ‚Äď The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, Michael Mugnolo facilitator
At a time when crew was a sport for the privileged, for the descendants of robber barons, financiers and industrialists attending elite private schools, a rag-tag group of working class boys, sons of loggers and mill workers, farmers and factory hands, from a public college shocked their genteel worlds by winning the Olympic Trials. From there, they went to Europe to victory over the well-bred heirs of ancient aristocracies and, finally, to beat the master race of Hitler‚Äôs Third Reich in the 1936 Olympic Games.
September 26 ‚Äď Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, Heather Hopkins facilitator
Receiving a letter from a former colleague, James Stevens sets out on a road trip to visit her. Along the way, he reflects on his many years of devoted and dignified service as a butler to Lord Darlington. From Stevens‚Äô point of view, we see the changes that have come to the lives of British aristocrats, get a glimpse of pre-WWII politics in England and explore the realm of relationships and love.¬† This novel was awarded the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 1989.
October 10 ‚Äď Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge, Richard Auwarter facilitator
At age 39, Lucie Walker has no choice but to start her life over when she comes to, up to her knees in the chilly San Francisco Bay, with no idea how she got there or who she is. Her memory loss is caused by an emotional trauma she knows nothing about, and only when handsome, quiet Grady Goodall arrives at the hospital does she learn she has a home, a career, and a wedding two months away.¬† What went wrong?¬† The painful secrets she uncovers could hold the key to her future ‚Äď if she trusts her heart enough to guide her.
October 17 ‚Äď The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, Mark Albertson facilitator
Written 30 years ago before the term science fiction was used, The Time Machine (1895) was the first novel to deal with the intriguing subject of time travel.¬† The story stands the test of time, hooking readers with Well‚Äôs unprecedented tale of a young scientist who invents a machine that carries him into the future, regaling us with intriguing characters and monumental struggles and steeping his story in deep, thought ‚Äďprovoking timeless themes, including the polarization of the social classes and the consequences of rampant industrialization.
October 24 ‚Äď Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville, Morgan Corrigan facilitator
The narrator, an elderly, unnamed Manhattan lawyer with a comfortable business, already employs two scriveners to copy documents by hand. An increase in business leads him to advertise for a third, and he hires the forlorn-looking Bartleby in the hopes that his calmness will soothe the irascible temperament of the other two.¬† Our lawyer is not prepared for what follows in his office.
October 31 ‚Äď The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen, Miwako Ogasawara facilitator
Elizabeth Bowen is sometimes called the Irish Virginia Woolf. The novel is set during the Irish War of Independence and the approaching end of British rule in the 1920‚Äôs.¬† At their country home in County Cork, the Anglo-Irish aristocratic Naylors, elderly Sir Richard and Lady Naylor, remain calm, polite and playful, willfully ignoring more violent conflicts encroaching on them.¬† Their 18-year-old niece Lois whiles away at tennis parties and army camp dances, flirting with British officers, but inwardly struggling to find what she wants out of life.¬† It is a portrayal of the demise of their old way of life as well as Lois‚Äôs coming of age in a brutalized time and place.
Morgan Corrigan, for several years a participant in I Love to Read, delights in the variety of books offered for sharing. She shares J.K. Rowling‚Äôs view: ‚ÄúI do believe something magical can happen when you read a good book.‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 6 sessions starting Monday, Sept. 19 at 1:10 PM