GreatBooksA dynamic, liberal arts education, for free at the public library!  Huntington Public Library's Great Books Reading and Discussion Group meets once a month to discuss works from a curriculum designed and published by the Great Books Foundation, an independent, nonprofit educational organization established in 1947 by University of Chicago educators Robert Maynard Hutchins and Mortimer Adler. Its mission is “to empower readers of all ages to become more reflective and responsible thinkers.”  To register, please use the program code HMA302.  For more information, contact Tom Cohn at .

Upcoming Great Book Discussions

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Monday, June 26, 2017 · 7:00pm to 9:00pm · Auditorium

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“The Lottery” by
Shirley Jackson (1916–1965)
. First appearing in the New Yorker magazine in 1948, this is the story of a June day in a small New England town as it prepares for a brutal annual ritual. Its surprise ending has sparked numerous interpretations. When asked about its meaning, however, Jackson is reported to have declared “The Lottery” to be “just a story that I wrote.” Indeed, it is the most famous ever published by this literary master of horror and the occult before her untimely death.

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Monday, July 24, 2017 · 7:00pm to 9:00pm · Auditorium

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“Selected Poems” by
Lisel Mueller (1924- ) 
. Poet Lisel Mueller, born in Hamburg, Germany was the daughter of political dissidents who fled the Nazi regime and moved to the United States in 1939. She studied folklore and mythology at the University of Indiana, before finding her calling as a poet and is the recipient of the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. We will read her poems “Joy,” “The Power of Music to Disturb,” “Immortality,” and “Into Space,” which represent different stages of her distinguished career.

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Monday, August 28, 2017 · 7:00pm to 9:00pm · Auditorium

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“The Smallest Woman in the World”,” by
Clarice Lispector (1920-1977)
.  Marcel Pretre, a French explorer “in the depths of equatorial Africa,” comes upon a pygmy woman who is 17 inches tall, and pregnant. He dubs her “Little Flower,” though is abashed at how she scratches herself. His photograph of Little Flower is published in the Sunday newspaper supplements and elicits a variety of reactions from readers. “The Smallest Woman in the World” is one of the best-known stories by Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector. Julia Alvarez has written of it, “Everyone who reads this story knows he or she is Little Flower.” Come on the 28th to discuss this, and more!

Kiss Me, Kill Me Book Discussion Group

Reconstructing Amelia

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
.  When high-achieving, 15-year-old Amelia supposedly commits suicide after she is caught cheating, her single mother Kate, a litigation lawyer, is leveled with grief, but vows to reconstruct the pieces of Amelia’s life to find the truth and vindicate the memory of the daughter whose life she could not save.  Registration required. Open to all.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison
.  Todd Gilbert and Jodie Brett are in a bad place in their relationship. They've been together for twenty-eight years, and with no children to worry about there has been little to disrupt their affluent Chicago lifestyle. But there has also been little to hold it together, and beneath the surface lie ever-widening cracks. When it becomes clear that their precarious world could disintegrate at any moment, Jodie knows she stands to lose everything. It's only now she will discover just how much she's truly capable of.  Registration required. Open to all.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm · Main Meeting Room

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Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
.  On a foggy summer night, eleven people depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens, as the plane plunges into the ocean, leaving only two survivors... a painter and a four year old boy. As the authorities struggle to salvage the truth from the wreckage, the mystery surrounding the tragedy heightens. Was the crash a tragic accident or a sinister conspiracy?  Registration required. Open to all.

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