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Join the Club: Shelter in a Good Book!

Book clubs you can do from home

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: A Good Man is Hard to Find | Author: Flannery O’Connor
Available at SDPL: Catalog
Short Classics Book Club Facebook Group
Tuesday, January 31st at 6:30 p.m. | Link to Zoom Discussion Group
 
Author Bio: Flannery O’Connor, March 25, 1925 – August 3, 1964 was an American novelist, short story writer and essayist. She wrote two novels and 31 short stories, as well as a number of reviews and commentaries.
 
She was a Southern writer who often wrote in a sardonic Southern Gothic style and relied heavily on regional settings and grotesque characters, often in violent situations. The unsentimental acceptance or rejection of the limitations or imperfections or differences of these characters (whether attributed to disability, race, crime, religion or sanity) typically underpins the drama.
 
Her writing reflected her Roman Catholic faith and frequently examined questions of morality and ethics. Her posthumously compiled Complete Stories won the 1972 U.S. National Book Award for Fiction and has been the subject of enduring praise.
 
Book Description: A Southern gothic short story first published in 1953 by author Flannery O’Connor who, in her own words, described it as "the story of a family of six which, on its way driving to Florida [from Georgia], gets wiped out by an escaped convict who calls himself the Misfit". The story remains the most anthologized and most well-known of all of O'Connor's works.
 
Study/Discussion Questions:
  1. Do you think the moment of grace is a moment of grace? Why or why not? How does the story change if it isn't?
  2. If the grandmother's moment of grace isn't actually a moment of grace, what is it? And how do you interpret The Misfit's reaction to it?
  3. Thirdly, what are the best ways to resolve conflict?
  4. Are any of O'Connor's characters sympathetic? Is the grandmother sympathetic? The Misfit?
  5. Is the story hopeful or cynical? How do you feel at the end?

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.