Great Books Reading & Discussion Group
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.

 

Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus (ca. 525 B.C.E. to 455 B.C.E.)

Monday, January 25  •  7:15 pm • Register online for HMA302-Z
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Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus (ca. 525 B.C.E. to 455 B.C.E.)
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Aeschylus was a great Athenian playwright of tragedy. In his “Prometheus Bound,” Prometheus, a member of a superhuman race known as the Titans, is chained to a crag on a mountainside. The gods are punishing Prometheus for giving humankind fire and other useful arts. “Prometheus Bound” consists of a sequence of dialogues between Prometheus and the other characters: Oceanos, Io, Hermes, and perhaps most significantly, the daughters of Oceanos who form the Chorus.

 

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Of Friendship and Of Solitude, by Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)

Monday, February 22  •  7:15 pm • Register online for HMA302-Z
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Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus (ca. 525 B.C.E. to 455 B.C.E.)
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Michel de Montaigne was a French nobleman who served as mayor of Bordeaux during a time of religious strife in France. He published three volumes of Essais (“tests” or “probes”) and therefore is considered the first and most important practitioner of the literary genre known as the “essay.” He explores two sides of the same coin: a person’s tendency to crave solitude, and a person’s tendency to seek out friendship.

 

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"Kiss Me, Kill Me" Mystery Book Discussion Group
Celebrate 5 Years of Kiss Me, Kill Me Hosted by Donna!
 
“Kiss Me, Kill Me” Mystery Book Discussion Group via Zoom, hosted by Donna: Final Cut, with Special Guest Author S.J. Watson

Tuesday, January 19 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • Register online for HMA165
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A Good Marriage with Special Guest Author Kimberly McCreight

Final Cut by S.J. Watson

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In honor of our fifth year of the Kiss Me, Kill Me Mystery Book Club, we will be having a very special guest joining us ... S.J. Watson! S.J. Watson’s first novel, Before I Go to Sleep, was the very first book discussion for Kiss Me, Kill Me and now he will be joining us to discuss his latest novel, Final Cut.

Blackwood Bay. An ordinary place, home to ordinary people. It used to be a buzzing seaside destination. But now, ravaged by the effects of dwindling tourism and economic downturn, it's a ghost town--and the perfect place for film-maker Alex to shoot her new documentary. But the community is deeply suspicious of her intentions. After all, nothing exciting ever happens in Blackwood Bay--or does it?

 

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“Kiss Me, Kill Me” Mystery Book Discussion Group via Zoom, hosted by Donna: Iron Lake, with Special Guest Author William Kent Krueger

Tuesday, December 15 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • Register online for HMA165
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The Red Lotus with Special Guest Author Chris Bohjalian

Iron Lake by William Kent Krueger

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Once a cop on Chicago’s South Side, Corcoran “Cork” O’Connor found that there’s not much left in life that can shock him. When the town’s judge, Robert Parrant, is brutally murdered, and Eagle Scout Paul LeBeau is reported missing, Cork takes on a mind-jolting case of conspiracy, corruption and scandal..  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

 

American Stories Book Discussion Group, hosted by Thérèse Purcell Nielsen: Heavy: An American Memoir

Wednesday January 20 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm • Register online for HMA631
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Coming to My Senses, The Making of a Counterculture Cook, by Alice Waters

Heavy:  An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

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There is no single American narrative, there are millions of personal stories across the country: gay, straight, white, black, Asian, Latino, Native American,rural, urban, immigrant, religious, secular, living with disability, able-bodied (and more!) Join librarian Thérèse Purcell Nielsen in a year-long project of examining our American Stories as recorded in memoirs and autobiographies.

January’s memoir is Heavy by Kiese Laymon. Heavy received a starred review from Kirkus, which described the books as “A challenging memoir about black-white relations, income inequality, mother-son dynamics, Mississippi byways, lack of personal self-control, education from kindergarten through graduate school, and so much more.”

Reserve a copy of either title (or all our future titles) through the Huntington Public Library catalog, accessible on our website, or download a digital copy via our Overdrive collection, also accessible through our website or the Libby app for mobile devices.

Please contact one of our reference librarians at 631-427-5165 ext 251 for help in reserving either book. If you have questions about our American Stories project, please contact Thérèse Purcell Nielsen at . 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, hosted by Thérèse Purcell Nielsen: Being Heumann, an unrepentant memoir of a disability rights activist, by Judy Heumann

Wednesday February 17 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm • Register online for HMA631
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Coming to My Senses, The Making of a Counterculture Cook, by Alice Waters

Being Heumann, an unrepentant memoir of a disability rights activist by Judy Heumann

Zoom

Being Heumann, an unrepentant memoir of a disability rights activist, by Judy Heumann is our February title. Heumann’s story details not only her own fight for selfdetermination for herself as well as others living with physical disabilities.

Please contact one of our reference librarians at 631-427-5165 ext 251 for help in reserving either book. If you have questions about our American Stories project, please contact Thérèse Purcell Nielsen at . Open to all. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the meeting.

Register using Code HMA631