Library Book Clubs

Classics and Contemporary

Classics & Contemporary is currently a virtual book club. Use the links in the description below to register for the event and receive further information.

Tuesday, May 11th, 10:30 am

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

In this classic novel, we are introduced to the suave Tom Ripley, a young striver seeking to leave behind his past as an orphan. Newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan, Ripley meets a wealthy industrialist who hires him to bring his playboy son, Dickie Greenleaf, back from gallivanting in Italy. Soon Ripley’s fascination with Dickie’s debonair lifestyle turns obsessive as he finds himself enraged by Dickie’s ambivalent affections for Marge, a charming American dilettante, and Ripley begins a deadly game. The Talented Mr. Ripley serves as an unforgettable introduction to this smooth confidence man, whose talent for self-invention is as unnerving―and unnervingly revealing of the American psyche―as ever. (From the Publisher)

Copies of the book are available here. Ebook copies are available throughDigital Library of Illinois or the Libby app.

Registration will close two hours before the program begins and registrants will receive a link to join shortly thereafter.

The Talented Mister Ripley

League of Women Voters/WPL Book Group

LWV/WPL Book Group is currently a virtual book club. Use the links in the description below to register for the event and receive further information.

Wednesday, April 24th, 11 am

Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo

What happens to a country that tells generation after generation of white men that they deserve power? What happens when success is defined by status over women and people of color, instead of by actual accomplishments?

Through the last 150 years of American history -- from the post-reconstruction South and the mythic stories of cowboys in the West, to the present-day controversy over NFL protests and the backlash against the rise of women in politics -- Ijeoma Oluo exposes the devastating consequences of white male supremacy on women, people of color, and white men themselves. Mediocre investigates the real costs of this phenomenon in order to imagine a new white male identity, one free from racism and sexism. (From the publisher)

Find a copy of the book here. You can also find the ebook and eaudiobook on Digital Library of Illinois or through the Libby app on your device. 

Registration will close two hours before the program begins and registrants will receive a link to join shortly thereafter.

Mediocre

Wednesday, May 26th, 11 am

Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon’s CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. Finding that social security comes up short, often underwater on mortgages, these invisible casualties of the Great Recession have taken to the road by the tens of thousands in late-model RVs, travel trailers, and vans, forming a growing community of nomads.

In a secondhand vehicle she christens “Van Halen,” Bruder hits the road to get to know her subjects more intimately. Accompanying Linda May and others from campground toilet cleaning to warehouse product scanning to desert reunions, then moving on to the dangerous work of beet harvesting, Bruder tells a compelling, eye-opening tale of the dark underbelly of the American economy—one that foreshadows the precarious future that may await many more of us. At the same time, she celebrates the exceptional resilience and creativity of these quintessential Americans who have given up ordinary rootedness to survive. (From the publisher)

Find a copy of the book here. You can also find the ebook and eaudiobook on Digital Library of Illinois or through the Libby app on your device. The audiobook is always available through Hoopla.

Registration will close two hours before the program begins and registrants will receive a link to join shortly thereafter.

Nomadland

 

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