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Book clubs you can do from home

Tea with Mark Twain

Tea with Mark Twain

Project Gutenberg eBook Link: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3177
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 Roughing It by Mark Twain. The videos will be also be available for later viewing.  Drinking tea while listening to this humorous classic is encouraged but not required.
 
Book Description: Roughing It, published in 1872, depicts Mark Twain's memories of traveling through the Wild West from 1861-1867. Supplementing his own memories of their adventures, Twain used his brother's diary and his own imagination when writing the humorous travelogue.
 
Author Bio: Mark Twain was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910).  Twain has been lauded as both the "greatest humorist the United States has produced" and one of our finest literary talents.  Many critics consider his 1884 novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to be the Great American Novel.
 
Previous Readings: Visit the Library's YouTube channel to watch previous readings by clicking on the different playlists below.

Adventure and Mystery Book Club

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Project Gutenberg eBook
Read-Aloud Book Group (Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4 p.m.): https://facebook.com/groups/SDPLadventure
 
Here’s the Deal: Tune in to Facebook Live on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4pm to hear chapters of a great classic adventure or mystery book read aloud. Our current selection is: The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.
 
Author Bio: William Wilkie Collins (Jan. 8, 1824 – Sept. 23, 1889) was an English novelist and playwright known for The Woman in White (1859) and The Moonstone (1868). The last has been called the first modern English detective novel. On publishing his first novel, Antonina, in 1850, Collins met Charles Dickens, who became a friend and mentor. Some Collins works appeared first in Dickens's journals Household Words and All the Year Round. The two also collaborated on drama and fiction.
 
Book Description: Colonel Herncastle, an unpleasant former soldier, brings the Moonstone back with him from India where he acquired it by theft and murder during the Siege of Seringapatam. Angry at his family, who shun him, he leaves it in his will as a birthday gift to his niece Rachel, thus exposing her to attack by the stone's hereditary guardians, who will stop at nothing to retrieve it.
 
Previous Readings: Visit the Library's YouTube channel to watch previous readings by clicking on the different playlists below.

The Bucketlist Book Club

   The Bucketlist Book Club returns on Monday, March 1st, 2021.

Welcome to the Bucketlist Book Club! This is a virtual forum to discuss longer/harder books or books that many of us have wished to read, but just never got around to it!
 
Title: Anna Karenina  |  Author: Leo Tolstoy
Available via Gutenberg Project: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1399
 
Author Bio: Leo Tolstoy was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time.[ He received nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906 and for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902, and 1909.

 

Book Description: A complex novel in eight parts, with more than a dozen major characters, it is spread over more than 800 pages (depending on the translation and publisher), typically contained in two volumes. It deals with themes of betrayal, faith, family, marriage, Imperial Russian society, desire, and rural vs. city life.
 
Discussion questions forthcoming! Join the Bucketlist Book Club and be a part of the conversation!

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 Dunwich Horror  |  Author: H.P. Lovecraft
Project Gutenberg eBook | Librivox Audio Book

Short Classics Book Club Facebook Group
Tuesday, April 27th at 4:30 p.m. | Link to Zoom Discussion Group
 
Author Bio: Howard Phillips Lovecraft, (born August 20, 1890, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.—died March 15, 1937, Providence), American author of fantastic and macabre short novels and stories, one of the 20th-century masters of the Gothic tale of terror. Notable works: 'The Call of Cthulhu' and 'The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.'
 
Book Description: Lurking in the quiet village of Dunwich, a supernatural horror lies in wait in this classic tale of horror by H.P. Lovecraft. When a cute college coed and her professor visit the library at the infamous Miskatonic University, they discover a young man who wishes to check out the dreaded Necronomicon. An ancient book for divining demons, the Necronomicon allows its user to bring hell to Earth, and human sacrifice is the required offering.
 
Study/Discussion Questions:
  1. What does the term Cthulhu refer to?
  2. In what ways does Lovecraft blend modern science with ancient superstition?
  3. What type of audience is Lovecraft trying to reach?
  4. Do you see any parallels to Edgar Allan Poe?
  5. What, if any, themes in Lovecraft’s writing made you uncomfortable? Do you find his ideas racist?
  6. Did you find this book scary?

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: Rebecca | Author: Daphne Du Maurier
eBook and eAudiobook via cloudLibrary
Printed books and CD audiobook via our catalog
Schedule: Chapters posted Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m.
 
Author Bio: Daphne du Maurier (1908-1989) was born from a literary family, which helped to cultivate her love of writing, which she began at a young age.  Although she has been described as a romantic novelist, a term she did not like, her novels can best be described as suspenseful, mysterious, with touches of the paranormal.  She is best known for Rebecca (1938) and Jamaica Inn (1936) both of which were adapted into films by Alfred Hitchcock.  The film, Rebecca went on to win an Academy Award that year.  Several other films were made from her books, including another Hitchcock film, The Birds.  With her growing fame, du Maurier became somewhat of a recluse.  She died in 1989 at the age of 81 in Cornwall, England, which was the setting of many of her novels.
 
Book Description: This mysterious and thrilling novel is told from the perspective of an unnamed narrator regarding events in the past.  A young woman is on holiday in Monte Carlo as a woman’s paid companion.  There, she meets the mysterious Maxim de Winter, a wealthy older man who owns the famous Manderley estate.  After a brief courtship, they are married.  Upon arrival at Manderley, the young woman realizes that there are many things she doesn’t know about her husband, including the details regarding her husband’s late wife, and her suspicious death.

The Jane Austen Book Club

Welcome to the Jane Austen Book Club! Our book club will be an open forum conversation in which group members will be discussing the literary works of Jane Austen. Many Janeite advocates consider Jane Austen England's most popular author.
 
April Selection
Title: Pride and Prejudice  |  Author: Jane Austen
Project Gutenberg eBook Link: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1342
 
Author bio: Jane Austen, (born December 16, 1775, Steventon, Hampshire, England—died July 18, 1817, Winchester, Hampshire), English writer who first gave the novel its distinctly modern character through her treatment of ordinary people in everyday life. She published four novels during her lifetime: Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1815). In these and in Persuasion and Northanger Abbey (published together posthumously, 1817), she vividly depicted English middle-class life during the early 19th century. Her novels defined the era’s novel of manners, but they also became timeless classics that remained critical and popular successes two centuries after her death.
 
Book Description: The story revolves are the Bennet girls and the search for a successful marriage contract. Primary story plot revolves around our proud aristocratic, Mr. Darcy and his evolving feelings toward Elizabeth Bennet, The couple's relationship must overcome many social and cultural challenges to find true love. Any Janeite will tell you the story is worth reading due to the wit and charm of Jane Austen's characters.
 
Discussion questions:
 
Our questions will added once per week on every Friday throughout the month of April 2020.