Join us on Monday, August 11, 2014, when we discuss Book of Ages: the Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore.
A revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin's youngest sister and a history of history itself. Like her brother, Jane Franklin was a passionate reader, a gifted writer, and an astonishingly shrewd political commentator. Unlike him, she was a mother of twelve. Benjamin Franklin, who wrote more letters to his sister than he wrote to anyone else, was the original American self-made man; his sister spent her life caring for her children. They left very different traces behind. Making use of an amazing cache of little-studied material, including documents, objects, and portraits only just discovered, Jill Lepore brings Jane Franklin to life in a way that illuminates not only this one woman but an entire world--a world usually lost to history. (Descriptive content by Syndetics, a Bowker service.)
Copies of the book will be available at the library the evening of Monday, July 14, following the General Book Club discussion. For more information contact Teresa Iversen at 815-756-9568, x270 or email email@example.com.
Join the General Book Club on Monday, September 8, 2014 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm when we discuss The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. Based on a true story, The Cellist of Sarajevo is a spare and haunting, wise and beautiful novel about the endurance of the human spirit and the subtle ways individuals reclaim their humanity in a city ravaged by war. In a city under siege, four people whose lives have been upended are ultimately reminded of what it is to be human. From his window, a musician sees twenty-two of his friends and neighbors waiting in a breadline. Then, in a flash, they are killed by a mortar attack. In an act of defiance, the man picks up his cello and decides to play at the site of the shelling for twenty-two days, honoring their memory. Elsewhere, a young man leaves home to collect drinking water for his family and, in the face of danger, must weigh the value of generosity against selfish survivalism. A third man sets off in search of bread and distraction and instead runs into a long-ago friend who reminds him of the city he thought he had lost, and the man he once was. As both men are drawn into the orbit of cello music, a fourth character—a young woman, a sniper—holds the fate of the cellist in her hands. As she protects him with her life, her own army prepares to challenge the kind of person she has become.
For more information contact Teresa Iversen at 815-756-9568, x270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies of the book will be available at the library the evening of August 11, following that evening's General Book Club discussion.
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