Great Books Reading & Discussion Group
GreatBooksA dynamic, liberal arts education, for free at the public library!  Sample a “tasting menu” of great literature and philosophy in the library’s Great Books program, now in its 16th year. Participants find the Shared Inquiry™ approach, popularized by the Chicago based Great Books Foundation, to be a powerful learning tool. The readings are short and well-suited for our busy lifestyles. Re-connect with an author you have loved or discover a new one! Pick up a copy of Great Conversations 1 at the first-floor Customer Services desk for a materials fee of $10. For more information, email Tom Cohn at: . Check out our blog at hplgreatbooks.blogspot.com.

 

"The Theory of the Leisure Class (Selection)" by Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929)

Monday, January 24  •  7:00 pm • Register online HERE
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The Theory of the Leisure Class (Selection) by Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929)
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Thorstein Veblen was an economist whose most famous work, “The Theory of the Leisure Class,” ranges far beyond the boundaries of his discipline. Veblen sees human history as essentially a war between our diligent nature (necessary for production of goods) and our materialistic nature (necessary for consumption of goods). Hand in hand with consumption comes the desire to flaunt one’s wealth. “The Theory of the Leisure Class” is considered one of the earliest critiques of American consumer culture.

 

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“The Stages of Life,” by Carl Jung (1875-1961)

Monday, February 28  •  7:00 pm • Register online HERE
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The Stages of Life, by Carl Jung (1875-1961)
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Swiss physician Carl Gustav Jung was one of the founders of modern psychoanalytic theory. In “The Stages of Life,” Jung takes up the question, “Why does man, in obvious contrast to the animal world, have problems?” The answer: “There are no problems without consciousness.” He traces the stages of human life and anticipates the future literature of the mid-life crisis. He writes, “I have observed that a directed life is in general better, richer, and healthier than an aimless one, and that it is better to go forward with the stream of time than backward against it.”

 

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“Kiss Me, Kill Me” Mystery Book Discussions with Donna

 

The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor

Tuesday, January 18 • 2:00 - 4:00 pm • Register online HERE
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The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor

The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor

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Please join us in January for a discussion of "The Mountains Wild" by Sarah Stewart Taylor, with Special Guest Author Sarah Stewart Taylor. A series debut set in Dublin and Long Island, New York introduces homicide detective and divorced mom Maggie D’arcy, who in the wake of a disappearance and new clues reopens the investigation into her cousin’s disappearance 23 years earlier.

 

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Some Choose Darkness by Charlie Donlea

Wednesday, February 16 • 2:00 - 4:00 pm • Register online HERE
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Some Choose Darkness by Charlie Donlea

Some Choose Darkness  by Charlie Donlea

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Please join us for discussion of Some Choose Darkness by Charlie Donlea with special guest author Charlie Donlea...Forensic reconstructionist Rory Moore sheds light on cold-case homicides by piecing together crime scene details others fail to see. Cleaning out her late father's law office after his burial, she receives a call that plunges her into a decades-old case, making one startling discovery after another.

 

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