Book Club

Fall 2021 Reading + Meeting Schedule

Penultimate Wednesday of each month!

We meet LIVE in the Jean Burr Smith Library (Chapman Hall) in the Periodical Room  


Nine Perfect Strangers Book CoverWednesday, September 22, 12:30 pm

Nine Perfect Strangers By Liane Moriarty

Adapted into a Hulu miniseries, Moriarty’s novel places nine complete strangers at a remote health resort. Some are there to lose weight, some are there to get a reboot on life, some are there for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be. As they mingle, the person that intrigues them most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers guests didn’t even know they were seeking? Should they put aside their doubts and immerse themselves in everything Tranquillum House has to offer—or should they run while she still can? This is a page-turning, wickedly smart work of fiction that will make you laugh, make you gasp, and keep you reading until the thrilling conclusion!


The Bell Jar Book CoverWednesday, October 20, 12:30 pm

The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood, a college student who dreams of becoming a poet. She is selected for a month-long summer internship as a guest editor of Ladies’ Day magazine, but her time in New York City is unfulfilling as she struggles with issues of identity and societal norms. The book follows her battles with her own psyche and can be viewed as a case study for someone struggling with mental health. Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther’s breakdown with such intensity that Esther’s insanity becomes completely real and even rational. Deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic. Trigger Warning: This book contains suicidal ideation and romanticization.


Our Town Book CoverWednesday November 17, 12:30 pm

Our Town by Thornton Wilder

Our Town is the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of life in the small, fictional town of Grover’s Corners. It details the everyday life of everyday people in an everyday suburb over the course of 12 years; however, it simultaneously serves as a representation of all life encapsulating the commonplace tasks of daily life, the period of love and marriage, and the final stages of death and eternity. This simplistic tale is performed in minimalist style with a Stage Manager who narrates the action, interacts with the characters, and constantly breaks the fourth wall. The play highlights the beauty of the banal and aims to make everyone appreciate life while living it.


All Are Welcome—whether or not you’ve read the book!

You are encouraged to bring any questions or comments about the book and/or to share any favorite parts or quotations. You are, of course, also welcome to just sit quietly and listen.

And don’t forget to check out our online Book Club Supplement through www.Goodreads.com called “MxCC READS!” Online you can participate in virtual book discussions, help select future reading choices, and more! Check it out!

Questions?

Contact English Professors

 Adam Floridia afloridia@mxcc.edu 860-343-5804

Or Ashley Raithel araithel@mxcc.edu 860-343-5801

Happy Reading!