MUSE Group Series Fall 2013
The Muse Group, a Library sponsored reading discussion program, began in 2004 and is open to both the campus and surrounding community. The mission of the group is to bring lively and interesting discussion of a wide variety of books on differing topics to whomever would like to read, and then have a forum in which to discuss their books of interest.
Book lovers searching for a place to discuss novels with students, faculty and community members will be given three opportunities to do so this semester at Kent State University at East Liverpool. The discussions are part of the campus’ MUSE group and will be held on: Thursday, September 5, Thursday, October 3, and Tuesday, November 5. Each discussion starts at 6:30 p.m. and is held in the Dean’s Conference Room (3rd floor) of the Main Classroom Building.
For more information call or stop by the campus library 330-382-7401
Thursday, September 5
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
“Fowler’s Zelda is all we would expect and more…once she meets the handsome Scott, her life takes off on an arc of indulgence and decadence that still causes us to shake our heads in wonder…soirées with Picasso and his mistress, with Cole Porter and his wife, with Gerald and Sara Murphy, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Ezra Pound and Jean Cocteau. Scott’s friendship with Hemingway verges on a love affair—at least it’s close enough to one to make Zelda jealous. Ultimately, both of these tragic, pathetic and grand characters are torn apart by their inability to love or leave each other. Fowler has given us a lovely, sad and compulsively readable book.” —Kirkus Reviews
Thursday, October 3
In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Soon the family’s world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of her childhood—the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father—and fights for her improbable survival. Displaying the author’s extraordinary gift for language, In the Shadow of the Banyan is a brilliantly wrought tale of hope and transcendence. ---http://barnesandnoble.com
Tuesday, November 5
Foolscap by Michael Malone
The world of academia has always taken itself very seriously, so when writers poke fun at this seriousness, it makes for wonderful reading. Malone's parody of a fictional North Carolina university extends the parody beyond the ivory tower and into the worlds of publishing and theater. It tells the story of biographer, playwright, literary forger Theo Ryan, a professor with a big heart and a sound mind who is a bit naive. It's his touch of innocence that makes his tale so charming as Ryan goes back and forth between England and the USA, trying to do well by all and finding himself in farcical situations, despite his good will. It's a sometimes dark, but ultimately a cheering comedy where love wins out and the truth prevails! Adapted from Review by William Woolum at http://Amazon.com, 8-24-2000