The author, Bill Bryson, a lively writer of non-fiction, uses his 1851-vintage home in England – a rectory in the Norfolk countryside – to take people on a room-by-room tour one reviewer called “a history of the world without leaving home.
“The bathroom provides the occasion for a history of hygiene; the bedroom, sex, death, and sleep; the kitchen, nutrition and the spice trade; and so on…. Whatever happens in the world, he demonstrates, ends up in our house, in the paint and the pipes and the pillows and every item of furniture.”
The hour-long brown bag discussion will be at noon, July 18 at the Main Library, 301 York St.
Aug. 15: “In the Time of the Butterflies,” a historical novel by Julia Alvarez set in the Dominican Republic, inspired by the true story of three sisters who were murdered in 1960 for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the government.
Sep. 19: “The Tiger's Wife,” by young Belgrade-born Téa Obreht, a novel about two friends on a medical mission in a Balkan country that was a National Book Award finalist.
As we plan books to read this fall and beyond, we’d welcome your ideas for good titles that have roots in other cultures.
Feel free to consult our international-themed booklist - click here. Or recommend books you’ve liked - email here.
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But if you have book ideas for this international reading group to consider down the road, we’d like to hear them.
The current lineup:
Dec. 16 “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
Jan.18, 2012 “The Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil” by Deborah Rodriguez with Kristin Ohlson
Feb. 15 “The World is Flat” by Thomas Friedman and “That Used to be Us,” by Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum
March 21 “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barberry
April 18 “The Devil's Highway” by Luis Umberto Urrea
May 16 “You Have Given Me a Country” by Neela Vaswani
June 20 “Things Fall Apart,” by Chinua Achebe
The group meets from noon to 1 at the Main Library. Brown-bag lunches are welcome. Anyone can attend any session.
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Its story was a great picture of friendship – and the magic of story-telling.
And it offered a vivid look at the social and political history of China. To compare this picture of China to the China of today… was amazing.
Have you read it? Share your thoughts here.
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The term “graphic novel” was coined by Will Eisner who is considered to be one of the most important creators in the realm of sequential art -- which essentially is what graphic novels are. Today the most prestigious award that can be won by a graphic novel the Eisner Award.
Graphic novels are no longer simply comics about super-heroes and the battle over good and evil. Today they cover all the literary genres including comedy, tragedy, romance, mystery, thrillers, science fiction, horror, fantasy and realistic fiction.
They have become a very powerful medium for storytelling and they are a great tool for reluctant readers, students learning English and those with reading challenges. They can also make historical events more accessible to people by having dramatic visuals accompanying the text.
In recent years graphic novels have become a popular medium for autobiographical stories. Blankets, by Craig Thompson, is an example of a young man’s coming of age and this month’s selection Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is a memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Many find the combination of image and text to be very powerful. Not only biographies, but social issues, health issues and powerful stories about loss are all addressed through this medium. One of the latest trends: adapting novels into the graphic format. “The Kite Runner” and Ayn Rand’s “Anthem” are two examples.
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Cutting for Stone , a novel by Abraham Verghese, a book they generally liked… especially its vivid picture of life in Ethiopia and a doctor’s world.
Put the next meeting on your calendar Octtober 19 and get ready to imagine life in the middle of a political revolution, from the experience of a child. The next selection is Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, who grew up in Iran. The format is black and white comic strips – a graphic novel.
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