Winter Mondays

Book Discussion
Mondays, 2:00-3:45 PM
Room West 126

Join five LLI members as they lead lively discussions of contemporary titles and old classics.

Harriet Malbin, LLI’s I Love to Read Facilitator, has been coordinating LLI book discussions for many years.  She is an avid reader who enjoys all kinds of books.

January 27- Michael Mugnolo
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Over a period of twenty years, a series of letters between a bookworm in New York and a bookseller in London
matures from a commercial relationship to a warm and tender friendship emanating from their mutual love of books. A beautiful little book for people who love beautiful little books.

February 3- Nancy Gluck
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
In 1963, American poet Sylvia Plath killed herself at age 30. Her first novel, The Bell Jar, had just been published in England. Fifty years later, readers are still intrigued by it. The Bell Jar is obviously based on Plath’s own experiences as a Mademoiselle guest editor, followed by her breakdown and earlier suicide attempt. We will look at Plath’s description of the world of the 1950s and early 1960s, as well as at her personal difficulties.

February 10- Richard Auwarter
South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami and Philip Gabriele
Hajime is a middle-aged successful owner of two jazz clubs in Japan, with a fine wife and daughters. He wants for almost nothing, yet a nagging sense of inauthenticity about his success threatens his happiness. He also harbors a perplexing boyhood memory of a wise, lonely girl named Shimamoto, who suddenly enters his life as a breathtaking beauty from a childhood love lost.

* There is no class on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 17.

February 24- Judy Hinkle
House Rules by Jodi Picoult
Jacob Hunt, a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, is hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself
well to others. As is typical with Asperger’s, Jacob has a special focus on one subject—in his case, forensic analysis. Then one day his social skills tutor is found dead, and Jacob finds himself accused of murder. What does it mean to be
different in our society? How does our legal system work, and how does autism affect the family?

March 3-Morgan Corrigan
North River by Pete Hamill
It is 1934, and New York City is in the icy grip of the Great Depression. Dr. James Delaney tends to his hurt, sick and poor neighbors—gangsters and Tammany chieftains, veterans and prostitutes—with enormous compassion. But privately, Delaney’s heart is frozen; he is haunted by the slaughters of the Great War and the departures of his wife
and grown daughter. Then, on a snowy New Year’s Day, the doctor finds his three-year-old grandson on his doorstep. Recreating 1930s New York with vibrancy and rich detail, Pete Hamill weaves a story of honor, family and one
man’s simple courage that readers will not soon forget.