September 17, 2015 - "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kesey
Third Thursday Book Group - 1pm
The Third Thursday Book Group at the Library will be discussing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was one of the defining works of the 1960s. A mordant, wickedly subversive parable set in a mental ward, the novel chronicles the head-on collision between its hell-raising, life-affirming hero Randle Patrick McMurphy and the totalitarian rule of Big Nurse. McMurphy swaggers into the mental ward like a blast of fresh air and turns the place upside down, starting a gambling operation, smuggling in wine and women, and egging on the other patients to join him in open rebellion. But McMurphy's revolution against Big Nurse and everything she stands for quickly turns from sport to a fierce power struggle with shattering results.
With One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest , Kesey created a work without precedent in American literature, a novel at once comic and tragic that probes the nature of madness and sanity, authority and vitality. Greeted by unanimous acclaim when it was first published, the book has become and enduring favorite of readers.
Newcomers are always welcome, and people who wish to read the book can pick up a copy at the Library's main desk.
NON-FICTION Book Group
On vacation until Tuesday, September 8th at 1PM
This book group will take a break during July and August. The September meeting with be Tuesday the 8th, due to the Labor Day holiday.
Starting in OCTOBER, the group will meet at 1PM on the first TUESDAY of the month.
For September's meeting, the group will discuss Ponzi's Scheme by Mitchell Zuckoff.
In Mitchell Zuckoff's exhilarating book, the first nonfiction account of Charles Ponzi, we meet the charismatic rogue who launched the most famous and extraordinary scam in the annals of American finance. It was a time when anything seemed possible-instant wealth, glittering fame, fabulous luxury-and for a run of magical weeks in the spring and summer of 1920, Charles Ponzi made it all come true. Promising to double investors' money in three months, the dapper, charming Ponzi raised the "rob Peter to pay Paul" scam to an art form and raked in millions at his office in downtown Boston.
In Zuckoff's hands, Ponzi is no mere swindler; instead he is appealing and magnetic, a colorful and poignant figure, someone who struggled his whole life to attain great wealth and who sincerely believed-to the very end-that he could have made good on his investment promises if only he'd had enough time. Ponzi is a classic American tale of immigrant life and the dream of success, and the unexpectedly moving story of a man who-for a fleeting, illusory moment-attained it all.
Join the group at any time; newcomers are always welcome. Bring ideas for books you'd like to discuss to the meetings.
Upcoming Book group selections
Here's the list of the upcoming titles for our Third Thursday Book Group:
October - Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
November - Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
December - Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
January - And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
The Non-Fiction Book Group meets the first Tuesday of the month, at 1PM.
Here are future titles:
September - Ponzi's Scheme by Mitchell Zuckoff
October - Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
November -The Brothers by Stephen Kinzer
December - Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux