July 16, 2015 - "Clara and Mr. Tiffany" by Susan Vreeland
Third Thursday Book Group - 1pm
The Third Thursday Book Group at the Library will be discussing Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland.
Against the unforgettable backdrop of New York near the turn of the twentieth century, from the Gilded Age world of formal balls and opera to the immigrant poverty of the Lower East Side, bestselling author Susan Vreeland again breathes life into a work of art in this extraordinary novel, which brings a woman once lost in the shadows into vivid color.
It's 1893, and at the
Chicago World's Fair, Louis Comfort Tiffany makes his debut with a luminous
exhibition of innovative stained-glass windows, which he hopes will honor his
family business and earn him a place on the international artistic stage. But
behind the scenes in his New York studio is the freethinking Clara Driscoll,
head of his women's division. Publicly unrecognized by Tiffany, Clara conceives
of and designs nearly all of the iconic leaded-glass lamps for which he is long
remembered. Clara struggles with her desire for artistic recognition and the
seemingly insurmountable challenges that she faces as a professional woman,
which ultimately force her to protest against the company she has worked so
hard to cultivate. She also yearns for love and companionship, and is devoted
in different ways to five men, including Tiffany, who enforces to a strict
policy: he does not hire married women, and any who do marry while under his
employ must resign immediately. Eventually, like many women, Clara must decide
what makes her happiest--the professional world of her hands or the personal
world of her heart.
NON-FICTION Book Group
On vacation until Tuesday, September 8th at 1PM
This book group will take a break during July and August. The September meeting with be Tuesday the 8th, due to the Labor Day holiday.
Starting in OCTOBER, the group will meet at 1PM on the first TUESDAY of the month.
For September's meeting, the group will discuss Ponzi's Scheme by Mitchell Zuckoff.
In Mitchell Zuckoff's exhilarating book, the first nonfiction account of Charles Ponzi, we meet the charismatic rogue who launched the most famous and extraordinary scam in the annals of American finance. It was a time when anything seemed possible-instant wealth, glittering fame, fabulous luxury-and for a run of magical weeks in the spring and summer of 1920, Charles Ponzi made it all come true. Promising to double investors' money in three months, the dapper, charming Ponzi raised the "rob Peter to pay Paul" scam to an art form and raked in millions at his office in downtown Boston.
In Zuckoff's hands, Ponzi is no mere swindler; instead he is appealing and magnetic, a colorful and poignant figure, someone who struggled his whole life to attain great wealth and who sincerely believed-to the very end-that he could have made good on his investment promises if only he'd had enough time. Ponzi is a classic American tale of immigrant life and the dream of success, and the unexpectedly moving story of a man who-for a fleeting, illusory moment-attained it all.
Join the group at any time; newcomers are always welcome. Bring ideas for books you'd like to discuss to the meetings.
Upcoming Book group selections
Here's the list of the upcoming titles for our Third Thursday Book Group:
July - Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
August - The Sherlockian byGraham Moore
September - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
The Non-Fiction Book Group meets the first Tuesday of the month, at 1PM.
Here are future titles:
July and August - No meetings
September - Ponzi's Scheme by Mitchell Zuckoff
October - Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
November -The Brothers by Stephen Kinzer
December - Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux