GreatBooksA dynamic, liberal arts education, for free at the public library!  Huntington Public Library's Great Books Reading and Discussion Group meets once a month to discuss works from a curriculum designed and published by the Great Books Foundation, an independent, nonprofit educational organization established in 1947 by University of Chicago educators Robert Maynard Hutchins and Mortimer Adler. Its mission is “to empower readers of all ages to become more reflective and responsible thinkers.”  To register, please use the program code HMA302.  For more information, contact Tom Cohn at .

 

Great Books Reading and Discussion Group with Tom: The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave by Frederick Douglass (1818–1895)

Monday, September 21 • 7:15 pm • Register online for HMA302-Z
Registration is required to receive Zoom sign-in via email.


Thomas Mann (1875–1955)

Join our Great Books program, now in its sixteenth year! The short readings are well-suited for our busy lifestyles. Re-connect with an author you have loved, or discover a new one! These readings are in the public domain and readily accessible on the internet. For information, contact Tom Cohn by email: . Check out our blog at hplgreatbooks.blogspot.com. Registration is required to receive Zoom sign-in via email.

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Frederick Douglass was born into slavery on a plantation in Maryland. He was separated from his mother when still an infant. His father, according to people who spoke to Frederick about his parentage, was a white man, and possibly his slave master. This memoir tells the story of his life up until he escaped to the north in 1838 and became an abolition activist. The themes of slavery, literacy, and emancipation run throughout the narrative, which he hopes will “hasten the glad day of deliverance to the millions of my brethren in bonds.”

 

Register using Code HMA302-Z

 

Great Books Reading and Discussion Group with Tom: The Epic of Gilgamesh

Monday, October 26 • 7:15 pm • Register online for HMA302-Z
Registration is required to receive Zoom sign-in via email.


Thomas Mann (1875–1955)

Join our Great Books program, now in its sixteenth year! The short readings are well-suited for our busy lifestyles. Re-connect with an author you have loved, or discover a new one! These readings are in the public domain and readily accessible on the internet. For information, contact Tom Cohn by email: . Check out our blog at hplgreatbooks.blogspot.com. Registration is required to receive Zoom sign-in via email.

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The ancient Mesopotamian tale of Gilgamesh is the oldest existing written epic of any human civilization. Gilgamesh, King of Uruk, goes in search of the elixir of eternal life held by Utnapishtim. This story was known far and wide in the Ancient Near East before becoming lost and forgotten. In the modern era archaeologists painstakingly deciphered cunieform tablets to bring the epic to life again. David Damrosch of Columbia University has written, “Gilgamesh’s quest may have failed, but along the way he learns lessons about just and unjust rule, political seductions and sexual politics, and the vexed relations among humanity, the gods, and the world of nature.”

 

Register using Code HMA302-Z

 


 

"Kiss Me, Kill Me" Mystery Book Discussion Group

 

“Kiss Me, Kill Me” Mystery Book Discussion Group via Zoom, hosted by Donna: Book Discussion with Special Guest, Author Cara Black

Tuesday, September 15 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • Register online for HMA165
Registration is required to receive Zoom sign-in via email.


Book Discussion with Special Guest, Author Cara Blac

Three Hours In Paris by Cara Black

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A suspenseful historical tale based on the mystery of Hitler’s abrupt departure from newly occupied 1940 Paris following the mission of a British intelligence markswoman who, while trying to assassinate the Führer, discovers that she has been set up. Cara Black will be on Zoom to discuss her novel with us.  Open to all. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the meeting.

 

Register using Code HMA165

 

 

“Kiss Me, Kill Me” Mystery Book Discussion Group via Zoom, hosted by Donna: Book Discussion with Special Guest, Award-Winning Audiobook Narrator, Michael Crouch

Tuesday, October 20 • 2:00 – 4:00 pm • Register online for HMA165
Registration is required to receive Zoom sign-in via email.


Book Discussion with Special Guest, Award-Winning Audiobook Narrator, Michael Crouch

The Disappearing by Lori Roy

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After leaving her cheating husband in New York City and returning to her family’s historic Florida plantation, Lane Fielding’s oldest daughter disappears, reigniting her memories and fears of a serial killer who traumatized the area in the 1970s. A fantastic narrator can bring the listening experience of an audiobook to new heights. Michael Crouch will share his experience as an audiobook narrator and an actor specializing in voiceover. Michael is the recipient of multiple awards including 2 Audie Awards. The Disappearing was one of the Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobooks of the Year in 2019 by Booklist. Open to all. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the meeting.

 

Register using Code HMA165

 

 


 

American Stories Book Discussion Group

 

American Stories Book Discussion Group, hosted by Thérèse Purcell Nielsen

Wednesday September 16 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm • Register online for HMA631
Registration is required to receive Zoom sign-in via email.


American Stories Book Discussion Group, hosted by Thérèse Purcell Nielsen

Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith

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There is no single American narrative, there are millions of personal stories across the country: gay, straight, white, black, Asian, Latino, Native American,rural, urban, immigrant, religious, secular, living with disability, able-bodied (and more!) Join librarian Thérèse Purcell Nielsen in a year-long project of examining our American Stories as recorded in memoirs and autobiographies.

We begin in September with Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer-Prize winning former Poet Laureate of the United States. Smith’s subtle memoir recounts issues of race and faith and was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award.

Reserve a copy of either title (or all our future titles) through the Huntington Public Library catalog, accessible on our website, or download a digital copy via our Overdrive collection, also accessible through our website or the Libby app for mobile devices.

Please contact one of our reference librarians at 631-427-5165 ext 251 for help in reserving a copy of Ordinary Light or Rez Life. If you have questions about our American Stories project, please contact Thérèse Purcell Nielsen at . Open to all. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the meeting.

Register using Code HMA631

 

 

American Stories Book Discussion Group, hosted by Thérèse Purcell Nielsen

Wednesday October 21 • 7:00 – 8:30 pm • Register online for HMA631
Registration is required to receive Zoom sign-in via email.


American Stories Book Discussion Group, hosted by Thérèse Purcell Nielsen

Rez Life by David Treuer

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In October we will be reading Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life by David Treuer. The author retells his experiences growing up on an Ojibway reservation in the Midwest and utilizes his own story to illuminate how reservation conditions for Native Americans evolved into their current state.

Reserve a copy of either title (or all our future titles) through the Huntington Public Library catalog, accessible on our website, or download a digital copy via our Overdrive collection, also accessible through our website or the Libby app for mobile devices.

Please contact one of our reference librarians at 631-427-5165 ext 251 for help in reserving a copy of Ordinary Light or Rez Life. If you have questions about our American Stories project, please contact Thérèse Purcell Nielsen at . Open to all. Registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link by email the day before the meeting.

Register using Code HMA631

 

 

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