Book Club

The Marshall Library's Book Club usually meets on the third Tuesday of every other month, from 6-8pm.
Teens and adultsare welcome to join us for great discussions and snacks! There is no charge to join.

Please RSVP to staff@marlib.org or call 608-655-3123.
Please have each book read by the meeting date.

2019 meetings are:

May 21st   Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
July 16th   Vacationland by John Hodgman
September 17th  The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford Enlish Dictionary by Simon Winchester
November 19th  To Be Determined
January 21st  To Be Determined

Upcoming Discussion: "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen
 

Jane Austen’s timeless story charts the emotional development of protagonist Elizabeth Bennet, who learns the error of making hasty judgments and comes to appreciate the difference between the superficial and the essential. The comedy of the writing lies in the depiction of manners, education, marriage, and money during the British Regency period.

Mr. Bennet of the Longbourn estate has five daughters, but his property is entailed, meaning that none of the girls can inherit it. His wife has no fortune, so it is imperative that at least one of the girls marry well in order to support the others upon his death. Jane Austen's opening line, "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife", is a sentence filled with irony and playfulness. The novel revolves around the importance of marrying for love, not simply for money, despite the social pressures to make a good (i.e., wealthy) match.

Pride and Prejudice has long fascinated readers, consistently appearing near the top of lists of "most-loved books" among both literary scholars and the general public. It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, with over 20 million copies sold, and paved the way for many archetypes that abound in modern literature.

 




Books we have previously read:
 The Boy at the Keyhole by Stephen Giles
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
The Dry by Jane Harper