“Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma” Returns to Yukon
The popular book talk series, “Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma,” returns to Yukon this August for a five-book series, thanks to a grant received by the Mabel C. Fry Public Library. Each event is hosted at Spanish Cove’s Huff Plaza, 1401 Cornwell Drive.
This year’s theme is “What America Reads: Myth Making in Popular Literature;” the five classic books span the decades and have characters so memorable that they have reached mythic status. This book club with a twist features books from a correlating theme and a humanities scholar to discuss the themes in each book.
The first book to be discussed is “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe on August 1 at 2pm. The scholar leading the discussion for the evening is David Levy.Selling more than 300,000 copies the first year it was published, Stowe's powerful abolitionist novel fueled the fire of the human rights debate in 1852. Stowe’s novel played such a vital role in the emancipation process that President Lincoln contended that it started the Civil War. Denouncing the institution of slavery in emotional and dramatic terms, the incendiary novel quickly draws the reader into the world of slaves and their masters. Stowe's characters are powerfully and humanly realized in Uncle Tom, a majestic and heroic slave whose faith and dignity are never corrupted; Eliza and her husband, George, who elude slave catchers and eventually flee a country that condones slavery; Simon Legree, a brutal plantation owner; Little Eva, who suffers emotionally and physically from the suffering of slaves; and fun-loving Topsy, Eva's slave playmate. Critics, scholars, and students are today revisiting this monumental work with a new objectivity, focusing on Stowe's compelling portrayal of women and the novel's theological underpinnings.
On August 15 at 2 pm Sandra Keneda discusses “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell. Since its original publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind—winner of the Pulitzer Prize and one of the bestselling novels of all time—has been heralded by readers everywhere as The Great American Novel. Often remembered for its epic film version, “Gone With the Wind” explores the depth of human passions with an intensity as bold as its setting in the red hills of Georgia. A superb piece of storytelling, it vividly depicts the drama of the Civil War and Reconstruction. This is the tale of Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled, manipulative daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, who arrives at young womanhood just in time to see the Civil War forever change her way of life. A sweeping story of tangled passion and courage, in the pages of “Gone With the Wind”, Margaret Mitchell brings to life the unforgettable characters that have captured readers for over seventy years.
“Shane” by Jack Schaefer will be discussed August 29 at 2 pm by Harbour Winn.In this true Western classic Jack Schaefer tells the story of a mysterious stranger who finds himself in the Wyoming Territory joining local homesteaders in their fight to keep their land and avoid the intimidating tactics of cattle driver Luke Fletcher. While trying to leave his gun-slinging days behind him, the mysterious stranger, Shane, is tested by Fletcher and his men. In Shane, Schaefer executes a perfect Western narrative while exploring the overarching themes of virtue, the human condition, and a man’s search for self.
“From Here to Eternity” by James Jones will be discussed September 12 at 2 pm by Pam Westbrook.Diamond Head, Hawaii, 1941. Pvt. Robert E. Lee Prewitt is a champion welterweight and a fine bugler. But when he refuses to join the company's boxing team, he gets "the treatment" that may break him or kill him. First Sgt. Milton Anthony Warden knows how to soldier better than almost anyone, yet he's risking his career to have an affair with the commanding officer's wife. Both Warden and Prewitt are bound by a common bond: the Army is their heart and blood... and, possibly, their death. In this magnificent but brutal classic of a soldier's life, James Jones portrays the courage, violence and passions of men and women who live by unspoken codes and with unutterable despair... in the most important American novel to come out of World War II, a masterpiece that captures as no other the honor and savagery of men.
To finish the Fall 2019 program, discussion of “A Tan and Sandy Silence” by John D. MacDonald will take place on September 26 at 2 pm, led by Claudia Buckmaster. From a beloved master of crime fiction, A Tan and Sandy Silence is one of many classic novels featuring Travis McGee, the hard-boiled detective who lives on a houseboat. Travis McGee is unnerved when he receives an unexpected guest—real estate developer Harry Broll, who is convinced that McGee is hiding his missing wife. Angry and jealous, Harry gets off a shot before McGee can wrestle his gun away. The thing is, McGee hasn’t seen or heard from Mary Broll in three years, and it isn’t like her to keep troubles to herself—if she’s alive to tell them. McGee is a heartbeat away from crisis. He’s getting older, Lady Jillian Brent-Archer is trying to make him settle down, and he’s just been shot without fair warning. Nervous that he’s losing his touch, McGee decides to get Harry off his case and prove he’s still in top form all in one fell swoop. McGee’s search for Mary takes him to Grenada, where he’s soon tangling with con artists and terrifying French killers, not to mention a slew of mixed motives. No longer wallowing in self-pity, McGee has more pressing concerns—like saving his own skin.
All of our book discussions are free to the public. Free copies of the book are available to borrow at the circulation desk at the library. Refreshments and stimulating conversation will be had at each event. Registration is required and can be completed at the circulation desk of the library. For more information, call 405-354-8232 or visit www.mabelcfrypubliclibrary.com and click on “Adult programs.”
The Mabel C. Fry Public Library Fall 2019 Let’s Talk About It Oklahoma program is made possible by a grant through the Oklahoma Humanities and donors such as The Kirkpatrick Family Fund, National Endowment for the Humanities, Inasmuch Foundation, and the George Kaiser Family Foundation.
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