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Book Discussion: The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare

The_Bronze_Bow_coverThe Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare, tells the story of eighteen-year-old Daniel bar Jamin, a young Jewish Zealot bent on revenging his father’s death by driving the Romans out of the land of Israel. Daniel’s hatred for Romans wanes only when he starts to hear the teaching of the traveling carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth. The Bronze Bow, which won the Newberry Medal in 1962, is a moving work for young and adult readers alike.

On Friday, July 28 at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room, The Library Book Club will discuss this widely-admired Christian novel. Younger readers are especially welcome to join our discussion! The Library has several copies of the book available for checkout.

For more information, contact Harold Henkel at 352-4198 or harohen@regent.edu.

Summer Reading at the Library

JaneEyreOne of the ironies of academic life is how challenging it can be to find time to read for pleasure. If you have been meaning to set aside those peer-reviewed journal articles for a few minutes per day to read something just for enjoyment, the Library Book Club invites you to join us this summer for two beloved classics for adults and younger readers.

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece, has been “teaching true strength of character for generations” (The Guardian). One of the greatest of all bildungsromane, Jane Eyre has taught life lessons to generations of readers through its story of a young woman’s quest for freedom.

The_Bronze_Bow_coverThe Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare, tells the story of eighteen-year-old Daniel bar Jamin, a young man bent on revenging his father’s death by driving the Romans out of the land of Israel. Daniel’s hatred for Romans wanes only when he starts to hear the teaching of the traveling carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth.

Our Jane Eyre discussion will take place on June 30 and The Bronze Bow discussion on July 28. Both meetings will take place from 12:00 to 1:00 in the Library Conference Room. We are especially eager to have younger readers participate, so please pass the word to middle and high school students in your acquaintance. As always, distance students and faculty are invited to join in via Google Hangouts.

For more information about these events, contact Harold Henkel at 757-352-4198 or harohen@regent.edu.

Book Discussion: Far from the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy

far-from-the-madding-crowd-cover-imageLooking for a great love story this summer? Then read Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd with the Library Book Club. In 2007, the British newspaper The Guardian ranked Thomas Hardy’s impassioned tale of courtship and rural English life #10 in its ranking of the 100 greatest love stories of all time.

Far from the Madding Crowd was Thomas Hardy’s first major literary success and remains one of his most popular works. Set against the backdrop of the unchanging natural cycle of the year, the novel is permeated with classical and Biblical allusions.

The Library has print and e-book versions of the book available for check-out. Our discussion of  will take place on Thursday, July 14 at 1:00pm in the Library Conference Room. An English snack (and of course, tea) will be served. We will also view clips of the 1967 and 2015 film adaptations of the novel.

Distance students and faculty are invited to join the discussion via our Google Hangouts link. For more information about this or other Book Club events, contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

What are you reading this summer?

Calling all Regent readers!

Fenced pathway leading down to the Atlantic Ocean, Carolina Beach, North Carolina, USAAlthough the University is over a month into the term, astronomically speaking, summer officially arrives this Sunday. So if you haven’t started on the reading list you made last winter, time to get going!

For the third straight summer, the Library wants to know what the Regent community is reading or recommending. Simply send the book titles that you will be reading or would like to recommend to harohen@regent.edu. Please include your position or status at Regent and a few sentences on why you are recommending the book.

All suggestions will be added to the Library website as we receive them. For a guide to what we have in mind, see our 2013 and 2014 Summer Reading Recommendations.

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Summer Reading at the Library

For the second straight summer, the Library Book Club has selected two beloved classics for adults and younger readers.

Sterling Hundley, “The Captain”

On June 25, Dr. Peter Fraser will lead a discussion of Treasure Island, one of the most popular and influential adventure stories of all time. Besides being the most ingenious of all pirate tales, the work is a coming-of-age novel, whose hero grows from an easily frightened and impulsive boy at the beginning to a brave and circumspect young man by the story’s end.

On July 30, we will discuss Little Women, one of the most revered American novels. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott’s most autobiographical work, tells the story of the formation and coming of age of four sisters in New England during the second half of the nineteenth century.

Rebecca Green, "Jo Writing"

Rebecca Green, “Jo Writing”

Our book discussions will take place from 12:00 to 1:00 in the Library Conference Room. We are especially eager to have younger readers participate! As always, distance students and faculty are invited to join in via Google Hangouts.

For more information about these events or the Library Book Club, contact Harold Henkel at 757-352-4198 or harohen@regent.edu.

Image Credits:

Sterling Hundley (illustrator), “The Captain,” Treasure Island, The Folio Society website, http://www.foliosociety.com/book/TSL/treasure-island.

Rebecca Green (illustrator), “Jo Writing,” Little Women, The Folio Society website, http://www.foliosociety.com/book/LWM/little-women.