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January 2018

Book Discussion: Breeding Better Vermonters: The Eugenics Project in the Green Mountain State by Nancy Gallagher

January 18
10:30 am

Breeding Better Vermonters examines social, ethnic, and religious tensions and reveals how population studies, theories of human heredity, and a rhetoric of altruism became subtle, yet powerful tools of social control and exclusion in a state whose motto was "freedom and unity." Read More »

Book Discussion: Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie

January 18
6:30 pm

Part of the Mysterious Lens on American Culture series. In these mysteries, mayhem and murder play out against a cultural/ethnic backdrop—illuminating more than simply whodunnit. Read More »

Book Discussion: Affliction by Russell Banks

January 23
10:00 am

Part of the New England Uncovered series. What lies hidden beneath the popular images of New England with its white spires and Yankee frugality? More than meets the eye! Read More »

Book Discussion: Klee Wyck by Emily Carr

January 29
11:30 am

Part of the Canadian Cultural Diversity series. Travel through Canada with four critically acclaimed books that make manifest Canada's cultural diversity. Read More »

Book Discussion: Growing Up by Russell Baker

January 29
7:30 pm

Memoirs come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: They are not autobiographies. Rather than a straight chronology of the author’s life, memoirs hone in on a specific feature of that life. The following memoirs use both traditional and unconventional formats to do just that. Read More »

February 2018

Book Discussion: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

February 3
2:00 pm

What makes a character memorable? Why do the protagonists in these works of fiction linger long after the last page is turned? Read More »

Book Discussion: A Brother’s Blood by Michael White

February 6
10:00 am

Part of the New England Uncovered series. What lies hidden beneath the popular images of New England with its white spires and Yankee frugality? More than meets the eye! Read More »

Book Discussion: Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

February 10
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

These books feature fictional interpretations of famous artists. What happens when the visual arts and the literary arts meet? How do fiction writers interpret the lives of famous painters, and the canvases they leave behind? Read More »

Book Discussion: The Giver by Lois Lowry

February 11
1:30 pm

Part of the American Stories across the Generations series. The books in this series focus on the theme of relationships between children and older adults. Read More »

Book Discussion: Blood of the Prodigal by P. L. Gaus

February 15
6:30 pm

Part of the Mysterious Lens on American Culture series. In these mysteries, mayhem and murder play out against a cultural/ethnic backdrop—illuminating more than simply whodunnit. Read More »

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