Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Widower’s Tale

The Widower’s Tale Book Cover

The passionate prose posse known as the Crandall Public Library Monday Evening Book Discussion Group gathered on March 16, 2012 to celebrate author Julia Glass’s lovely novel The Widower’s Tale.  Opinions were strongly divided on the work, which made for a crackling conversation.  Topics touched on include the writing process, the nebulous nature of literature, and the prevalence of modern day witch hunts.

As ever, I am looking forward to our next get-together, which is scheduled for May 21, 2012.  We will be discussing Emma Donoghue’s haunting novel RoomPlease proceed with caution, this a powerful and moving work of fiction, far different from our normal fare.  As Audrey Niffennegger eloquently elucidates:

Emma Donoghue’s writing is superb alchemy, changing innocence into horror and horror into tenderness. Room is a book to read in one sitting. When it’s over you look up: the world looks the same but you are somehow different and that feeling lingers for days.

Still not convinced?  Maybe the trailer below will help you make-up your mind.

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Facebook: Julia Glass

Video: National Book Festival Presentation

Bookslut Interview

N.Y. Times Book Review

Select Julia Glass via the Library System

A Piece of Cake

I See You Everywhere

Three Junes

The Whole World Over

Wednesday Evening Book Discussion Group

I am pleased to announce that the Wednesday Evening Book Group will be discussing The Help.  The event will be moderated by librarian Jennifer Boyer, and will take place on Wednesday May 2, 2012 at 6:30 in the Crandall Room.  Both the novel and the resulting movie have been smashing successes, and I predict a similar fate for the book discussion.  As Entertainment Weekly gushes:

“It’s graceful and real, a compulsively readable story of three women who watch the Mississippi ground shifting beneath their feet as the words of men like Martin Luther King Jr. and Bob Dylan pervade their genteel town. When folks at your book club wonder what to read next month, go on and pitch this wholly satisfying novel with confidence.”

For those of you who are also interested in viewing the film, we have a screening scheduled for 6:30 on Tuesday, June 5.  It’s a part of Crandall’s ongoing Tuesday night film series and it’s sure to be well attended.

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R.I.P. Micah True

Phoebe Jackson wanted to let the group know that Micah True died March 27 during a short run in Gila National Forest, NM.  Some of you may remember him as Caballo Blanco from our discussion of Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run.  As for me, I dubbed him the Athletic Ascetic, and found his story incredibly intriguing.  His was the tale of a man whose hands had led him down a dark and unexpected path.  Fortunately, he landed on his feet and found a measure of peace in the practice of long distance running.

In further tribute to Mr. True, I have posted my synopsis of our September 2011 discussion of Born to Run below.  True’s dramatic story weaves through the fabric of McDougall’s exhilarating opus, and I encourage those who have not read this amazing book to do so.

Somebody once said that books are a bit like recreational drugs.  That is, they both share an ability to intoxicate, to potentially expand consciousness, and perhaps even change the course of a life.  Born to Run was like that for me.  I was addicted from the first page, and the physical, spiritual and intellectual inebriation still lingers.

On the other hand, unlike illicit substances, the side effects of reading seem to be of a decidedly positive nature. If fact, the resulting chapter of my life might well be titled How Frank Got His Move Back.  The only thing lacking was somebody to share this literary laudanum with.

And so, it was with great pleasure that I met up with the curious and convivial crew known as the Crandall Public Library Monday Evening Book Discussion Group to talk about McDougall’s masterpiece.  As expected, given that the group seems born to chat, the conversation ran a rather lively course.  Conversational snippets include the following:

  • Is it true?  Are we born to run..?
  • Of style and storytelling
  • Nike indicted in one fell swoop
  • Science – shortsighted and for sale
  • Knowledge – panacea or poison?
  • Ancient peoples – enduring wisdom
  • Evolution as a lens on fitness and diet

Finally, I thought that you might enjoy the following “behind-the-scenes” film footage from an upcoming documentary.

I can’t take all the credit for this post.  Luis Escobar is responsible for the photo.  Credit for finding Mr. Escobar rests squarely on the lovely and talented shoulders of Vanessa Rodriguez.  As ever, thanks to Anne Nelson for her many contributions.

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