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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: Live, Virtual Zoom meetings. Click on the link to connect to the Zoom meeting at the date and time of the discussion.
Facilitated by: Karen Pasternak [email protected]

Selection List for 2020-21 Click here


 

Truth and BeautyNovember 12    Autobiography of a Face

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy in combination with Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett

Read either one or both

 

Lucy Grealy was a writer with horrific facial deformities from cancer and surgeries as a child. Her honest Autobiography of a Face is so moving, but even more so when paired with Ann Patchett's biography of Lucy, her friend. In Truth & Beauty, the story isn't Lucy's life or Ann's life, but the parts of their lives they shared together. Both are terrific works individually, but also can spark a great discussion of autobiography versus biography. Moderated by Nancy

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December 10White Rage

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
Paired with Fiction: Kindred

Since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time Blacks have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains. The Black Codes, Jim Crow, segregated white private schools, the Southern Strategy, the War on Drugs, and the reaction to Barack Obama’s election all reflect the expression of white rage that has been as relentless as it has been brutal. Moderated by Dick   

 

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Fiction Discussion Group

When: Second Thursday of each month from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Where: Live, Virtual Zoom meetings. Click on the link to connect to the Zoom meeting at the date and time of the discussion.
Facilitated by: Karen Pasternak [email protected]

Selection List for 2020-21 Click here


 

 

man for all seasonsNovember 12

A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt

The play and the movie to be discussed 

Sir Thomas More was a nobleman, lawyer, humanist, author, and a long-time friend and favorite of Henry VIII. Yet he was also a staunch Catholic, and when Henry broke with the Church after the Pope refused to grant him a divorce from Catherine of Aragon, More resigned as Lord Chancellor. Then Parliament passed a bill requiring all subjects to take an oath acknowledging the supremacy of England's king over all foreign sovereigns, including the Pope. More refused. Moderated by Laura  

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KindredDecember 10

Kindred by Octavia Butler

 Paired with Non-Fiction: White Rage

The visionary author’s masterpiece pulls us – along with her Black female hero – through time to face the horrors of slavery and explore the impacts of racism, sexism, and white supremacy then and now.A modern Black woman is snatched abruptly from her home in California and is transported to the antebellum South. The white son of a plantation owner is drowning, and she is summoned repeatedly to save him. Moderated by Frances

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