Friends of the Library 2012 Events
All book discussions begin at 3:00 p.m.
Rhodes Tower, Room 503
Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University
Free and open to the public
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
by Erik Larson
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Erik Larson has been widely acclaimed as a master of narrative non-fiction, and in his new book, this bestselling author turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler's rise to power. The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. "Larson has meticulously researched the Dodds' intimate witness to Hitler's ascendancy and created an edifying narrative of this historical byway that has all the pleasures of a political thriller. . . a fresh picture of these terrible events."
World and Town
by Gish Jen
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 (NEW DATE!)
From the much-loved author of Who's Irish? and The Love Wife, a world-sized novel set in a small New England Town. Hattie Kong--the spirited offspring of a descendant of Confucius and an American missionary to China--has, in her fiftieth year of living in the United States, lost both her husband and her best friend to cancer. It is an utterly devastating loss, of course, and also heartbreakingly absurd: a little, she thinks, "like having twins. She got to book the same church with the same pianist for both funerals and did think she should have gotten some sort of twofer from the crematorium." Moving, humorous, compassionate, and expansive, World and Town is as rich in character as it is brilliantly evocative of its time and place.
The Paris Wife
by Paula McLain
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
(suggested reading accompaniment: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway)
A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness--until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group--the fabled "Lost Generation"--that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Annie Jouan-Westlund, CSU's Associate Professor of French, will lead this discussion.
Coming April 11!
3:00 - 4:30 pm
CSU Michael Schwartz Library
The Annual Local Authors Book Talk Series will feature Paula McLain, who will visit the Library on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 to discuss her New York Times best seller, A Paris Wife. Paula McLain is the author of Like Family,, a highly regarded memoir of life in foster care, two collections of poems, as well as A Ticket to Ride, her acclaimed first novel of growing up in the 1970s. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, holds an MFA from the University of Michigan.