Library Book Club announces new schedule.

Read literature and argue the great questions with the likes of Tolstoy and Austen.

Read literature and argue the great questions with the likes of Tolstoy and Austen.

One of the most famous openings in literature is the beginning of Anna Karenina: “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Because Tolstoy is one the supreme writers of all time, readers have tended to accept his claim about families as a kernel of aphoristic wisdom. Reader and essayist David P. Goldman, however, argues that Tolstoy got it exactly backwards: “…unhappy families are all unhappy in the same way. It is happy families that are different, because every child is radically unique, such that raising children is the one human activity that is sure to surprise.”*

Goldman’s riposte to Tolstoy brings to mind three reasons on why it is essential that we read literature throughout our lives:

  1. To gain new perspectives, to see the world through other people’s eyes.
  2. To “converse” with the great authors through engagement with their works.
  3. To understand ourselves better.

The mission of the Library Book Club is to encourage the reading of great literature by bringing members of the Regent and CBN communities together to enjoy the unique pleasure of reading and discussing books. For our eighth year, we have assembled a schedule of five classics from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, four highly acclaimed contemporary works of literature, and one work of non-fiction. So we hope there’s something for everyone!

Library Book Club Schedule 2014 – 2015

Month Author Title Data & Time
September Rudolfo Anaya Bless Me, Ultima September 25 at 12:00
October Amos Oz & Fania Oz-Salzberger Jews and Words (with guest
moderator, Rabbi Dr. Israel Zoberman)
October 30 at 1:00
November Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice (Dr. Susannah Clements, discussion moderator) November 20 at 12:00
December Alice Munro Runaway (Dr. Susannah Clements, discussion moderator) December 11 at 12:00
January Patrick O’Brian Testimonies: A Novel (Dr. Eric
Patterson, discussion moderator)
January 29 at 12:00
February Leo Tolstoy Hadji Murat  February 26 at 12:00
March Marilynne Robinson Lila: A Novel (Dr. Michael
Palmer, discussion moderator)
March 26 at 12:00
April Haruki Murakami After the Quake: Stories  April 23 at 12:00
June Robert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island (Dr. Peter
Fraser, discussion moderator)
June 25 at 12:00
July Louisa May Alcott Little Women (Dr. Susannah
Clements, discussion moderator)
July 30 at 12:00

Time & Location

Unless otherwise posted, Book Club meetings take place at noon on the final Thursday of each month in the Library Conference Room. Check the events tab of our Facebook or Google+ page for confirmed dates and times. Tea and refreshments are served, and participants are welcome to bring a lunch.

Distance students and faculty welcome

Distance students and faculty may join our discussions via Google Hangouts, Google’s free videoconferencing service. Here is the permanent link for all Library Hangout events: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/event/c0lnc83s5ok7tecuqdcnjg0mcno?authuser=0&eid=100028809078157626561&hl=en.

For more information about the Book Club, see our website or contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

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*David P. Goldman, “Thanks, but I already have a novel,” Asia Times Online, January 29, 2013, Accessed July 18, 2013, http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/OA29Aa01.html (accessed July 18, 2014).