adult book discussion

Second Thursday Book Discussion

Lebanon All Purpose Room

Readers' Choice Nonfiction

How the Irish Saved Civilization:the untold story of Ireland's heroic role from the fall of Rome to the rise of medieval Europe--  Thomas Cahill   While barbarians were sacking Europe, the monks and scholars of Ireland were painstakingly and lovingly preserving the written record. An illuminating history.

 

First Thursday Book Buffet

Kilton Conference Room

Prize Winners-- Nobels and others

So many prizewinners-- of all kinds-- so little time!  What makes a book worthy? Do you agree with the judges?   Is a prize dependent on the era in which it’s given?  Have some of the greatest books been overlooked?

 

Bring along a brownbag lunch and a book on the theme. A selection of books is on the New Book Shelf, or choose another favorite.

First Thursday Book Buffet

Kilton Conference Room

Natural Wonders/ Natural Disasters

in History, Memoir, and Novels

Man and Nature-- and the best and worst Nature can do.  What kind of disaster is the severest test of character? What is the impact of nature at its most spectacular?

 What makes nature compelling reading?  Do we envision ourselves in these situations? Or just thrill to the agonies or thrills from our cosy reading nooks?

 

First Thursday Book Buffet

Kilton Conference Room

Historic Figures in Historical Fiction

 

 

What great person would you invite to dinner? What moment in history do you wish you’d been part of? This is what novelists play with when they dream up encounters with real people and real events in their historical fiction.  Do you know the character’s actual life and personality? What can you learn about a person from a novel that eludes you in a biography? Were you satisfied? Could you believe it?

First Thursday Book Buffet

Kilton Conference Room

Expeditions and Explorers: Novels and Histories of  Extreme Travel & World Exploration

Early heroes in uncharted territories. Pilgrims, self-challengers, and questers.

Their struggles and adventures make for exciting armchair travels-- but what inspired their get-up-and-go?  Is it courage or foolhardiness?