Monday, September 24, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
"The searing, postapocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece.A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food-—and each other.The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation."
Join us on October 5th for a discussion. Copies of the novel are available for check out in the Library.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
The discussion of A Hole in the Earth was enlivened by the presence of the author, Robert Bausch (at left), who teaches at the Woodbridge Campus.
Occasionally we stumble across a theme -- such as when our discussion of Reading Lolita in Tehran led to the adoption of Nabakov's Lolita for a future discussion.
We've courted controversy: in 2006 we read Annie Proulx's short story Brokeback Mountain and many of us watched the "gay cowboy movie". In 2004 we tackled the disurbing and controversial The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things even as questions began to surface in the press about the identity of the author JT Leroy (or Laura Albert).
Nonfiction has not been ignored. We delved into pedagogy with The Peaceable Classroom (is it significant that the only book we read about teaching drew the smallest attendance?). Food proved popular as we followed the food chain in Omnivore's Dilema and considered the world of restaurant reviews in Garlic and Sapphires.
Some discussions led to interesting revelations -- like the faculty member who said "I hated reading this book! This must be how my students feel when they have to read books I assign them that they don't like!" Others expressed appreciation for finding the time and impetus to read books they wouldn't otherwise have read. And almost all of our readers report enjoying getting to know Alexandria colleagues from other discplines. Book club members have included mathemeticians, librarians, deans, English teachers, ESL teachers, biologists, counselors, business and marketing folks, communication teachers and more.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Never Let Me Go, by Kauzo Ishiguro
Untouchables: My Family’s Triumphant Journey Out of the Caste System in Modern India, by Narendra Jadhav
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan
The History Boys: A Play, by Alan Bennett
A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx
A Hole in the Earth, by Robert Bausch (Woodbridge Campus)
The Peacable Classroom, by Mary Rose O’Reilley
The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, by J. T. LeRoy
Conclave, by Robert Pazzi
Atonement, by Ian McEwen
Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi
Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri