Multcolib Central: Pageturners 2014-2015
Annotation:Join us for the discussion on Sept. 4, 2014. Rendered with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Sloan's Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.
Annotation:Join us for the discussion on Oct. 2, 2014. William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life, so different from the hardscrabble existence he has known.
Annotation:Join us for the discussion on Nov. 6, 2014. Chatwin's exquisite account of his journey through the "uppermost part of the earth" — that stretch of land at the southern tip of South America, where bandits were once made welcome and Charles Darwin formed part of his "survival of the fittest" theory.
Annotation:Join us for the discussion on Dec. 4, 2014. Set in the countryside and towns of Lake Huron, these stories about departures and beginnings, accidents, dangers, and homecomings both virtual and real, paint a portrait of how strange, dangerous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.
Annotation:Join us for the discussion on Jan. 8, 2015. For those with an amorous affair with books, this may, perhaps, be the ultimate love letter to the reader. Calvino's novel, or more precisely, his book of 10 interrelated stories, is both masterfully created and startlingly unique.
Annotation:Join us for Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library’s annual community reading project, on Feb. 5, 2015. Set in 1990s Portland, The Residue Years is Jackson’s semi-autobiographical account of a family’s struggles in a neglected black neighborhood of a predominantly white city.
Annotation:Join us for the discussion on March 5, 2015. Achebe tells two intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a "strong man" of an Ibo village in Nigeria; one focusing on tradition, and the other on modernity. The arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries causes a clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world.
Annotation:Join us for the discussion on April 2, 2015. Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discovers a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries.
Annotation:Join us for the discussion on May 7, 2015. The Street of Crocodiles in the Polish city of Drogobych is a street of memories and dreams where recollections of the author’s uncommon boyhood and of the eerie side of his merchant family's life are evoked in a startling blend of the real and the fantastic.
Annotation:Join us for the discussion on June 4, 2015. Critic, essayist and anthologist Mary Helen Washington has chosen as the theme of this collection "the family as a living mystery." She selected stories and poems by some of the 20th century's leading black authors that oblige the reader to observe the complexities of the family in new and provocative ways.
Annotation:Join us for the discussion on July 2, 2015. When Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a morbidly eccentric childhood. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame-spiral that is her life.
Annotation:Join us for the discussion on Aug. 6, 2015. A wildly original, brilliantly crafted novel about a young Russian immigrant's misadventures while trying to figure out what it means to be an American.
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