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Adventure and Mystery Book Club

Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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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 4 p.m. to hear chapters of a great classic adventure or mystery book read aloud. Our current selection is: Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Author Bio: Edgar Rice Burroughs (September 1, 1875 – March 19, 1950) was an American speculative fiction writer, best known for his prolific output in the adventure, science fiction and fantasy genres. His most well-known creations include Tarzan of the Apes, John Carter of Mars (Barsoom series) and Carson Napier of Venus (Amtor series).
Book Description: The first of his Barsoom series, Princess of Mars was serialized in the pulp magazine All-Story Magazine from February–July, 1912. Full of swordplay and daring feats, the novel is considered a classic example of 20th-century pulp fiction. It is also a seminal instance of the planetary romance, a subgenre of science fantasy that became highly popular in the decades following its publication. Its early chapters also contain elements of the Western. The story is set on Mars, imagined as a dying planet with a harsh desert environment.

Tea with Gatsby

Tea with Gatsby

This book is not yet available for free download from Project Gutenberg, as it only entered the public domain on 1/1/2021.  Please check https://www.gutenberg.org/ for updated availability.
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 “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The videos will be also be available for later viewing.  Drinking tea while listening is encouraged but not required.
Book Description: "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald was published in 1925. Set in Jazz Age New York, the novel tells the tragic story of Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, and his pursuit of Daisy Buchanan, a wealthy young woman whom he loved in his youth. Unsuccessful upon publication, the book is now considered a classic of American fiction and has often been called the Great American Novel.
Author Bio: Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (1896-1940) was an American novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and short-story writer. He was best known for his novels depicting the flamboyance and excess of the Jazz Age—a term which he popularized. During his lifetime he published four novels, four collections of short stories, and 164 short stories. Although he temporarily achieved popular success and fortune in the 1920s, Fitzgerald only received wide critical and popular acclaim after his death. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.
Previous Readings: Visit 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 Would be King |  Author: Rudyard Kipling
Project Gutenberg eBook

Short Classics Book Club Facebook Group
Tuesday, January 26th at 4:30 p.m. | Link to Zoom Discussion Group
Author Bio: Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He was born in India, which inspired much of his work. Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book, Kim, and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King".  Although he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907, his political views, which grew more toxic as he aged, have long made him critically unpopular.
Book Description: The Man Who Would be King (1888) is a story by Rudyard Kipling about two British adventurers in British-occupied Bharat who become kings of Kafiristan, a remote part of Afghanistan. The story was first published in The Phantom Rickshaw and other Eerie Tales (1888). It has been adapted for other media a number of times, including the 1975 motion picture starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine and Saeed Jaffrey.
Study/Discussion Questions:
  1. How are Dan and Peachey similar to one another? How are they different?
  2. What forms of racist language exist in the text?
  3. How is Daniel Dravot's death foreshadowed?
  4. Why is Freemasonry significant to the story?
  5. Who is Billy Fish, and why does he defend Dan and Peachey when everyone else in Kafiristan turns against them?

The Bucketlist Book Club

   The Bucketlist Bookclub is temporarily on hiatus and will return soon.

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: Twelve Years a Slave  |  Author: Solomon Northup
Available via Gutenberg Project: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/45631
Author Bio: Solomon Northup (born July 10, 1807 or 1808) was an American abolitionist and the primary author of the memoir Twelve Years a Slave.


Book DescriptionTwelve Years a Slave is an 1853 memoir and slave narrative by American Solomon Northup as told to and edited by David Wilson.
Discussion questions forthcoming! Join the Bucketlist Book Club and be a part of the conversation!

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
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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.