American Classics II

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Main Library – Thursday, February 2, 7 pm – This month’s selection is Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. As his life winds down, Rev. John Ames relates the story of his own father and grandfather, both preachers but one a pacifist and one a gun-toting abolitionist. Millennia of philosophical musings and a century of American history are refracted through the prism of Robinson’s exquisite and uplifting novel.

Convened by Alice Crozier, Professor of English Emerita, Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Free and open to the public. Copies of the book are available from BCCLS.

Future readings include:

  • March 2–Billy Budd by Herman Melville
  • May 4–American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  • June 1–Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

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