The Hart Book Group will meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m, and on the first Wednesday at 2:00 p.m in the Community Room at the library. Tuesday evening sessions will also be on Zoom. We look forward to seeing you. The 'Hart Book Group' selection is available on the hold shelf one month before the discussion date.
The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine
Wed., June 1 at 2pm in-person / Tue., June 7 at 7pm on Zoom and in-person
From the author compared to Nora Ephron and Jane Austen. Laurel and Daphne, identical, inseparable twins, share an obsession with words. As adults in 1980s Manhattan, their verbal infatuation continues. Daphne, copy editor and grammar columnist, devotes herself to preserving Standard English while Laurel, poet, is drawn instead to the polymorphous, chameleon nature of the written and spoken word. Their relationships shreds completely. One of our great comic novelists at her very best.
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Tues., July 5 at 7 pm on Zoom and in-person / Wed., July 6 at 2pm in-person
Taken from the poverty of her parents' home in Portsmouth, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with her cousin Edmund as her sole ally. During her uncle's absence, the Crawford's arrive in the neighbourhood bringing with them the glamour of London life and a reckless taste for flirtation. Mansfield Park is considered Jane Austen's first mature work and, with its quiet heroine and subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, one of her most profound.