THURSDAY AFTERNOON READ

Thursday Afternoon Read is a monthly Caldwell Public Library book club. Join us the 2nd Thursday of each month for a lively discussion that month's book. Ages 18+ 

 

Book selections for 2019 can be found below. 

Catch-22
by Joseph Heller
(1961)

May 9, 2019

Captain John Yossarian, a World War II bombardier, is stationed on the island of Pianosa. He is an individualist who seeks to protect his own life by fleeing to the hospital, since a “catch-22” in the Air Force regulations prevents him frombeing grounded for illness or obtaining a leave.

The Old Man and the Sea
by Ernest Hemingway
(1952)

August 8, 2019

Santiago is a Cuban fisherman who encounters a giant marlin in the Gulf Stream and the battle for his catch becomes one of survival against a band of marauding sharks.

Orphan Train
by Christina Baker Kline
(2013)

November 14, 2019

Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?

The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
(1890)

June 13, 2019

This is a story of love, murder, thwarted revenge, and finally, justice. As Dorian Gray remains young and handsome, his pact with the devil allows his portrait to reflect the degradation of his many sins.

Cannery Row
by John Steinbeck
(1945)

September 12, 2019

Unburdened by the material necessities of the more fortunate, the denizens of Cannery Row discover rewards unknown in more traditional society. 

Reading Lolita in Tehran
by Azar Nafisi
(2003)

December 12, 2019

Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Azar Nafisi, a bold and inspired teacher, secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. 

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
by Fannie Flagg
(1987)

July 11, 2019

Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. 

My Ántonia
by Willa Cather
(1918)

October 10, 2019

Ántonia Shimerda is the daughter of Bohemian immigrant parents struggling with the oceanic loneliness of life on the Nebraska prairie. Through the eyes of Jim Burden, her tutor and disappointed admirer, we follow Ántonia from farm to town as she survives hardships both natural and human, from poverty to a failed romance—and not only survives, but triumphs.

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