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behind the beautiful forevers

Author: Katherine Boo January 20, 2017

Winner of numerous awards including The 2012 National Book Award and the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award, behind the beautiful forevers depicts daily life in a slum of Mumbai—the hopes, skills, values and tensions that the people who live there share, and the complexities surrounding their social and economic  situation. The book is nonfiction but reads […]

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The Name of the Rose

Author: Umberto Eco December 2, 2016

In 1980, Italian scholar of semiotics Umberto Eco wrote his first fiction novel which quickly became a bestseller worldwide.  The Name of the Rose explores medieval church history, theology, and philosophy in the context of a detective story. Set in the year 1327, Adso of Melk narrates this tale of his accompanying Brother William of Baskerville to investigate […]

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Wise Blood

Author: Flannery O'Connor November 1, 2016

Flannery O’Connor’s remarkable work in fiction has both puzzled and inspired readers for a long time. How does she manage such humor and seriousness simultaneously? Why do her characters act the way they do? What is she saying about the Christian faith? Join us on Thursday, Dec.1st at 10:30 am  in the resource center as we […]

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Vinegar Girl

Author: Anne Tyler September 17, 2016

Last fall, the Hogarth Shakespeare project launched a new series:  Shakespeare plays retold by acclaimed, handpicked authors. One of the new titles in the series, Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler, is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. The Resource Center book group discussed both works—Shakespeare’s play and Anne Tyler’s charming retelling of it […]

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Peace Like A River

Author: Leif Enger August 11, 2016

“A miracle is no cute thing but more like the swing of a sword” (4), Reuben Land tells us as he begins this riveting story about his family’s search for his outlaw brother.  While the story is a journey tale, it is also a story of a family’s deep faith and a young man’s conviction […]

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The Age of Innocence

Author: Edith Wharton June 28, 2016

Edith Wharton’s glittering and brilliant novel Age of Innocence depicts New York in the 1870’s. How does Wharton’s axiom that “A frivolous society can acquire dramatic significance only through what its frivolity destroys” relate to morality, social power, and ethical dilemmas today? Join us Thursday, August 11 at 10:30 in The Resource Center to discuss […]

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The Final Solution

Author: Michael Chabon May 31, 2016

One summer day in 1944, a retired detective meets a 9-yr-old refugee with a large, gray, German-speaking parrot on his shoulder. The thoughtful, gentle, and intriguing story that ensues when this elderly detective becomes involved in the puzzle surrounding the parrot, a local murder, and the 9-yr-old boy, Linus, is one that raises questions even as […]

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As I Lay Dying

Author: William Faulkner May 5, 2016

Probably the most accessible of Faulkner’s novels, As I Lay Dying tells the story of the Bundren family’s preparation for, and response to, Addie Bundren’s death. Told from multiple points of view, the narrative becomes a sort of beautiful chorus of voices. Faulkner wrote the novel, which he intended to be a “tour de force,” […]

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Things Fall Apart

Author: Chinua Achebe April 7, 2016

Born in Nigeria in 1930 of parents who became early converts to Christianity, author Chinua Achebe has, in all his lecturing and writing, sought to “reclaim” the African continent from western literature. “In the end, I began to understand,” Mr. Achebe has said, “There is such a thing as absolute power over narrative. Those who […]

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