GreatBooksA dynamic, liberal arts education, for free at the public library!  Sample a “tasting menu” of great literature and philosophy in the library’s Great Books program, now in its 16th year. Participants find the Shared Inquiry™ approach, popularized by the Chicago based Great Books Foundation, to be a powerful learning tool. The readings are short and well-suited for our busy lifestyles. Re-connect with an author you have loved or discover a new one! Pick up a copy of Great Conversations 1 at the first-floor Customer Services desk for a materials fee of $10. For more information, email Tom Cohn at: . Check out our blog at hplgreatbooks.blogspot.com.

 

Great Book Discussions with Tom: Pensées (selections) by Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

Monday, March 22  •  7:15 pm • Register online for HMA302-Z
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Pensées (selections) by Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)
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Pascal made significant contributions to mathematics and science. He was also deeply religious, an adherent of the Jansenist movement within Catholicism, and employed his intellectual and literary gifts to promote its beliefs. His Pensées were written as notes towards a larger theological work. Pascal’s untimely death, however, resulted in an entirely different kind of literary notoriety for these pithy fragments. Countless readers over the centuries have found them an effective antidote for what he called “the misery of man without God.”

 

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Great Book Discussions with Tom: Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Monday, April 26  •  7:15 pm • Register online for HMA302-Z
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Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
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Emerson was a key figure in the intellectual life of 19th-century America. His thought, expressed in essays, lectures, and poems, incorporates strands from Unitarianism, Eastern religion, and the Romantic Movement in the arts. Self-Reliance, possibly his most famous essay, is encapsulated in well-honed sentences like “Who so would be a man, must be a nonconformist,” and “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”

 

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“Kiss Me, Kill Me” Mystery Book Discussions with Donna: Walking the Perfect Square with Special Guest Author Reed Farrel Coleman

Tuesday, March 16 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • Register online for HMA165
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Walking the Perfect Square with Special Guest Author Reed Farrel Coleman

Walking the Perfect Square by Reed Farrel Coleman

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As Moe Prager waits to call his daughter for her 18th birthday, he is desperate to find a way to make sense of what has caused his once-happy family to implode. As he waits, Prager receives a call that might not only solve a case that has haunted him and his wife for twenty years, but might also supply the glue to patch his family back together.  Open to all. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the meeting.

 

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“Kiss Me, Kill Me” Mystery Book Discussions with Donna: Take Me Apart with Special Guest Author Sara Sligar

Tuesday, April 20 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • Register online for HMA165
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Take Me Apart with Special Guest Author Sara Sligar

Take Me Apart by Sara Sligar

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A riveting debut novel of psychological suspense about a young archivist whose obsession with her subject’s mysterious death threatens to destroy her fragile grasp on sanity.  Open to all. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the meeting.

 

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American Stories Book Discussion Group

 

Please join us for a book discussion of The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Wednesday, April 21 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • Register online for HMA397
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Please join us for a book discussion of The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

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Separated by their embrace of different racial identities, two mixed-race identical twins reevaluate their choices as one raises a black daughter in their southern hometown while the other passes for white with a husband who is unaware of her heritage.Open to all. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the meeting.

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