New Book Club: When Johnny Comes Marching Home

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The March by E. L. Doctorow

Book clubs, to me, offer a great opportunity for people who are already interested or want to learn more about a particular genre or topic. I’m constantly amazed at the breadth of knowledge some of my members bring to book discussions. Learning from each other allows us to form, or even change, our own opinions.

I am pleased to offer “When Johnny Comes Marching Home: A Civil War Book Discussion” starting on Monday April 1st, in honor of the ongoing 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. When I ran this book group in spring 2011, I was pleased at the interest and enthusiasm of those who attended. I am offering it again as part of my spring 2013 Civil War programming. The April 1st meeting will kick-off the spring events.

Unlike last time, we will be reading fiction exclusively. While there is a plethora of excellent n0nfiction titles on the Civil War, I previously found members had a difficult time completing the books and even getting into them. We are lucky that the Civil War still inspires fiction authors to write splendid works that will provide much conversation.

Our schedule for this “mini” book group is:

  • April 1st, 7PM: March by E. L. Doctorow
  • May 6th, 7PM: Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
  • June 3rd, 7PM: Rebel by Bernard Cornwell
  • July 1st, 7PM: Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara

Copies of these books are available in our lobby for checkout. I look forward to seeing you and discussing one of my favorite topics!

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