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OWL Book Discussion Groups

OWL has both Fiction and Non-Fiction Book Discussion Groups that are open to all! Come to one or all meetings. Books are available for check out at OWL.

Non-Fiction Discussion Group

When: Second Thursday of each month from 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Where: Meeting will be held In the Library's Jamie Gagarin Community Room.
Facilitated by: Karen Pasternak kpasternak[at]owlibrary.org

Selection List for 2022-23  Click here


 


February 9

The Barbizon: The Hotel that Set Women Free by Paula Bren

As a New York City residential hotel, the Barbizon stood out; it was designed for young women with
artistic aspirations, with no men allowed. While the clientele changed, women’s ambitions did not; the
Barbizon Hotel became the go-to destination for women with a dream to be something more. Sylvia
Plath most famously fictionalized her time there in The Bell Jar. Moderated by Dick

 

 

 

 

March 9

There is Nothing for You Here:  Finding Opportunity in the 21st Century by Fiona Hill

The author, a historian and policy maker, reveals how declining opportunity has set America on the grim
path of modern Russia and shows how we can return hope to our forgotten places. She finds striking
similarities between her British roots and disadvantaged areas of both America and Russia. The book’s
suggestions are specific rather than broad generalizations. Moderated by Pat D

 

 

 



Fiction Discussion Group

When: Second Thursday of each month from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Meeting will be held In the Library's Jamie Gagarin Community Room.
Facilitated by: Karen Pasternak kpasternak[at]owlibrary.org

Selection List for 2022-23  Click here


    


February 9

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

A young woman is battling mental illness and societal pressures in this realistic and emotional novel.
The woman is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under – maybe
for the last time. Her neurosis becomes real, even rational. The Barbizon hotel is renamed “The Amazon”
and is portrayed as a stifling enclave for the woman’s time in the city. Moderated by Kathy

 

 

 

 

March 9

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watches carefully the behavior of
others while hoping that she will be chosen by someone. The novel looks at our changing world through
the eyes of an unforgettable narrator and explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to
love? Will our species be able to live with everything it has created? Moderated by Margaret