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Join the Club: Shelter in a Good Book!

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Tea With Jeeves

Tea with Jeeves

Project Gutenberg eBook Link: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/65974
Read-Aloud Group (Monday-Thursday at 3 p.m.): https://facebook.com/groups/SDPLtea
 
Activities: Tune in Monday-Thursday at 3 p.m. to stream a read-aloud from Carry on Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse. The videos will be also be available for later viewing.  Drinking tea while listening to this romantic classic is encouraged but not required.
 
Book Description: Carry On, Jeeves (1925) is a collection of ten short stories by P.G. Wodehouse. Jeeves is the unflappable and extremely competent valet to Bertie Wooster, a wealthy and less-competent young Londoner. Many of the stories had previously appeared in magazines and some were rewritten versions of stories in the collection My Man Jeeves (1919).
 
Author Bio: P.G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse (1881–1975) was an English author and one of the most widely read humorists of the 20th century. His most-famous characters were the feather-brained Bertie Wooster and his sagacious valet, Jeeves. Wodehouse was a prolific writer throughout his life, publishing more than ninety books, forty plays, two hundred short stories and other writings between 1902 and 1974.
 
Previous Readings: Check out the Library's YouTube channel to watch previous readings by clicking on the different playlists below.

Short Classics Book Club

Welcome to the Short Classics Book Club! This is a live discussion group held each month on Zoom to discuss the shortest of the greatest books of all time.
 
Current Selection
 
Title: The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare | Author: G.K. Chesterton
Project Gutenberg eBook | Librivox Audio Book
Short Classics Book Club Facebook Group
Tuesday, October 25th at 4:30 p.m | Link to Zoom Discussion Group
 
Author Bio: G.K. Chesterton,in full Gilbert Keith Chesterton, (born May 29, 1874, London, England—died June 14, 1936, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire), English critic and author of verse, essays, novels, and short stories, known also for his exuberant personality and rotund figure.
 
Book Description: G. K. Chesterton's surreal masterpiece is a psychological thriller that centers on seven anarchists in turn-of-the-century London who call themselves by the names of the days of the week. Chesterton explores the meanings of their disguised identities in what is a fascinating mystery and, ultimately, a spellbinding allegory.
 
Study/Discussion Questions:
  1. The novel's humor is evident from the very first chapters. Was there a particular funny scene or line of dialogue that stood out to you?
  2. Allusions to British culture abound in the book: Ally Sloper, Joseph Chamberlain, Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Did you come across other interesting references or names, which might not be familiar to an American audience?
  3. In Chapters 5-8, we are introduced to a host of strange characters: the madman Gogol, the paralytic Professor de Worms, the fashionable Marquis de St. Eustache, the enigmatic Dr. Bull, and of course, President Sunday. Was there a single character's description you especially enjoyed?
  4. Has there been a point in the story so far which has caused you to question whether this is a realistic or fantastic novel?
  5. Did you detect any other cultural or religious symbols such as the almond tree mentioned above?
  6. If you had to describe the duel between Syme and the Marquis in one word (or subsequent chase) what would it be?
  7. Have you encountered British slang words or expressions from the era that gave you pause?
  8. Would you classify The Man Who Was Thursday as a mystery, conspiracy novel, or something else?

SDPL Short Classics Book Club 

Modern Classics Book Club

Welcome to our virtual book club!  We will be discussing a wide variety of books ranging from classic selections to modern literature. 

Current Selection
 
Title: Daughter of Fortune | Author: Isabel Allende
Printed books via our Catalog
Discussion Group: Facebook
Schedule: Chapters posted Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m. 
 
Author Bio: Isabel Allende (1942-) was born in Lima, Peru to Chilean parents.  Writing in the genre of magical realism, she is best known for the novel House of the Spirits (1982).  She is considered one of the first successful female writers out of Latin America.  She has won numerous awards including The Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014.
 
Book Description: Set in Valparaiso, Chile our story centers around the orphaned infant, Eliza.  She is taken in by the wealthy Miss Rose and her brother, Jeremy.  As time passes, Eliza falls in love with a most unlikely suitor.  What follows is a passionate adventure story as the gold rush hits in 1849, and Eliza travels with her love as he seeks his fortune in San Francisco.