2006-2007 Senior Center Books — Wilton Library
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2006-2007 Senior Center Books

All adult Wilton residents are welcome to join this free book discussion group which meets at the Comstock Community Center from September through May. An optional lunch following the discussion is $3. Extra copies of each title will be available at the Wilton Library in the month the book is to be discussed. Please call the Senior Center at 834-6240 to reserve a place for lunch.

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September 26
at 11 am

The Rebels of Ireland: The Dublin Saga, by Edward Rutherfurd
The Rebels of Ireland: The Dublin Saga Discussion Leader: Michael McEneaney. This is the second volume in Edward Rutherfurd’s epic novel of Irish history. In this novel, history is brought to life through the tales of families whose fates rise and fall in each generation. It is the story of Ireland’s 400-year path to independence told through the stories of people from all walks of life. The book has been described as “a tale of fierce battles, hot-blooded romances, and family and political intrigues” which brings the story begun in The Princes of Ireland to an impressive conclusion.
October 24
at 11 am

Just Outside the Spotlight: Growing Up with Eileen Heckart, by Luke Yankee
Just Outside the Spotlight: Growing Up with Eileen Heckart Discussion Leader: Maureen Canary. Luke Yankee, the son of famed actress Eileen Heckart, wrote this book afater the death of his mother. Although the book is filled with celebrity gossip and never-before-seen photos of famous stars, the main theme of the book is the loving yet tenuous relationship between mother and son. This memoir brings to life the golden age of Hollywood and Broadway. It is said to be “like a party with the biggest names from Broadway to Hollywood” and the reader is invited.
November 28
11 am

Main Street, by Sinclair Lewis
Main Street Discussion Leader: Ben Van Vechten. In this classic novel, Sinclair Lewis, first American recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, satirizes the myth of small-town life in America. Carol Kennicott, a college graduate from the city of St. Paul, marries a country doctor from a small prarie town. Her idealism is shattered when the town residents resist her attempts to bring beauty and culture to their middle-class milieu. This book, published in 1920, marked the beginning of Lewis’ fame as a satirical novelist.
January 23
11 am

The Mayor of Casterbridge, by Thomas Hardy
The Mayor of Casterbridge Discussion Leader: William Ziegler. The cover description on the Signet Classic edition of this novel begins with the following sentence: “The blind energies and defiant acts that bring an ambitious man to power can also destroy him.” The main character of this novel, Michael Henchard, is such a man. In constructing this tale of a man who overreaches himself, Hardy shows his acute psychological insight. Although this story takes place in mid-nineteenth century Dorset, it is relevant to incidents occurring today in twenty-first century America.
February 27
at 11 am

No Ordinary Time, by Doris Kearns Goodwin
No Ordinary Time Discussion Leader: David Ostergren. This Pulitzer Prize winning biography reads like a novel as it chronicles an extraordinary time in American history. Doris Kearns Goodwin portrays in fascinating detail the entanglement of the Roosevelt White House with the fate of America. She intimately captures the atmosphere of life in the United States in the Years of World War II. To quote The New York Times Book Review, “Engrossing . . . No Ordinary Time is no ordinary book.”
March 27
at 11 am

Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex Discussion Leader: Kathy Leeds. In this unusual narrative of a family history spanning eighty years and reaching from Asia Minor to Detroit, Eugenides tells a thrilling tale. Calliope Stephanides, the main character, discovers she has a rare genetic mutation which makes her unlike other girls and her search for her identity is both funny and sad. In 2003, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction was awarded to Eugenides for this epic novel.
April 24
at 11 am

Staying On, by Paul Scott
Staying On Discussion Leader: Ben Van Vechten. According to The New York Times Book Review, in this novel, “Scott has completed the task of covering in the form of a fictional narrative the events leading to India’s partition and the achievement of independence in 1947.” This fascinating novel won the Booker Prize in 1977 and was made into a movie starring Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson in 1979.
May 22
at 11 am

Martha Washington: An American Life, by Patricia Brady
Martha Washington: An American Life Discussion Leader: Barbara Jones. In this new, painstakingly researched biography, Patricia Brady brings Martha Washington to life. She emerges as an important figure in American history in her own right, not only as the wife of George Washington. The difficulties of life in Revolutionary America, with its triumphs and hardships for even such a privileged woman as Martha Washington, are vividly portrayed in this biography.