Library Book Club Seeks Regent Readers!

Written by Harold Henkel, Assistant Librarian

The Library Book Club invites the Regent community to rediscover the joy of reading for pleasure! The Club meets on campus to discuss great books, old and new. We also have a group site on LibraryThing, the Web’s #1 site for book lovers.

Here is the new schedule of books:

July

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

August

A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini

September

Dreams from My Father, by Barack Obama; and Faith of My Fathers, by John McCain

October

Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier

November

Fidelity: Five Stories, by Wendell Berry

December

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

January

The Death of Ivan Ilyich, by Leo Tolstoy

February

The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton

Huckleberry FinnWith all the demands of research and scholarship with which Regent students and faculty contend, it might reasonably be asked, “why should I occupy my few leisure hours with more reading?!” I would suggest two possible answers:

1. Reading, like prayer, is a discipline. Just as daily prayer makes possible a deeper communion with God, regular reading of great literature has the effect of expanding one’s intellectual and emotional vistas and sharpening sensibilities.

2. Active reading offers the pleasure of engaging with the some of the great minds and spirits of the ages. To take an example from the Bible, Job and Ecclesiastes are united in their pessimism about man’s lot on earth. But how different are their responses! As Raymond Scheindlin, a modern translator of Job (reviewed by Dr. Randall Pannell in August 2007) notes, “Ecclesiastes finds all things wearying, repeating themselves in an endless round of life and death in which nothing new really ever happen; he finds life’s abundance, which is so invigorating to the author of Job to be as insubstantial as a vapor. To the author of Job, the world pulsates with life. He expresses everything with vehemence; he is passionate about injustice, and about every day life in its glorious detail” (p. 24-5).

Thousand Splendid SunsThe purpose of the Library Book Club is to serve as a resource that encourages the University community to read for pleasure and enrichment. Meetings are held once a month to discuss the current selection in friendly setting. Online discussions are available all the time on LibraryThing. Members are under no obligation to read all the books on the schedule, but are free to participate according to their available time and interests.

In August, the Book Club will read A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini. The author’s first novel, The Kite Runner, vividly brought to life the culture and people of Afghanistan to a worldwide audience. A Thousand Splendid Suns tells the story of two Afghan women, born a generation a part, form 1974 to 2003. In this YouTube video, Hosseini discusses his 2003 trip to Kabul, which provided the inspiration for the novel.

For more information, contact Harold Henkel.