I Love to Read


1:10 PM – 2:50 PM

9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16

 I Love to Read

Always New!  Join six LLI members as they lead interesting and lively discussions of contemporary titles and treasured classics.
Please note: Harriet Malbin will substitute for Instructor Morgan Corrigan.
The schedule has been revised–please see below for the current schedule.

September 11 – Nutshell by Ian McEwan:  Michael Mugnolo, presenter

In the four hundred years since the death of William Shakespeare an untold number of writers, talented or otherwise, have attempted to improve upon the Bard’s masterpieces by changing the settings of characters. None, however, have been as bizarre as Ian McEwan’s casting a fetus (in utero) as Hamlet, as he attempts to thwart the plot between his mother and his uncle to kill his father. Nutshell introduces us to a fetus who opines on James Joyce, French wines and the erosion of Enlightenment values, as well as ways to forestall his mother’s nefarious conspiracy.

Please note:
The Children of Willesden Lane has been re-scheduled for October 23.

September 25 – Benediction by Kent Haruf: Dick Auwarter, presenter

When Dad Lewis is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he and his wife must work together to make his final days as comfortable as possible. Bracing, sad and deeply illuminating, Benediction captures the fullness of life by representing every stage of it, including its extinction, as well as the hopes and dreams that sustain us along the way. From the beloved and best-selling author of Plainsong and Eventide comes a story of life and death and the ties that bind, once again set in the High Plains in Holt, Colorado.

October 2 – The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Mark Albertson, presenter

Sherlock Holmes, Doyle’s ace sleuth, and his confidant, Doctor Watson, must solve a mystery based on the legend of a massive hound that has plagued the Baskerville family for centuries. The majesty of Baskerville Hall in the wild open country of Dartmoor sets the stage for Sherlock Holmes to separate fact from legend in one of Doyle’s greatest efforts. As with The Maltese Falcon, references to movies of the title are included, especially the version featuring Basil Rathbone.

October 9 – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: Angela Vicenzi, presenter

Published in 1985, this is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. Set in a near-future New England, where a totalitarian theocracy has overthrown the United States government, the novel explores themes of women in subjugation and the various means by which they gain individualism and independence. The Handmaid’s Tale won the 1985 Governor General’s Award and the first Arthur Clarke Award two years later, in 1987.

October 16 – The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy: Miwako Ogasawa, presenter

Leo Tolstoy’s short novel The Death of Ivan Ilyich, first published in 1886, is considered one of his masterpieces. The story of a high court judge and his sufferings and death in 19th century Russia, we see him, the protagonist, as a man who has enjoyed such steady success in life that he never gives more than a passing thought to the inevitability of death, until DEATH announces itself to him. This novella, written shortly after his religious conversion in the late 1870s, is regarded as an artistic culmination of his personal struggles. 

October 23 –  The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen: Heather Hopkins, presenter. (Re-scheduled from Sept. 18)

In 1938, Lisa Jura was a fourteen-year-old musical prodigy with hopes of becoming a concert pianist. However, when Nazi Germany took over Vienna, her parents made the difficult, desperate decision to send her to England on the Kindertransport. As she boarded the train, Lisa’s mother’s last words were, “Hold on to your music.” Mona Golabek’s story of Lisa’s life and music is a tribute to her mother—and a tribute to all displaced children and to those who gave them refuge.

Facilitator: Morgan Corrigan,

Morgan Corrigan, for several years a participant in I Love to Read, delights in the variety of books offered for sharing. She shares JK Rowling’s view: “I do believe something magical can happen when you read a good book.”