Literary Evening at Rock Lodge
2016 Program

Book Title / Subject Author Presenter
Maisie Dobbs mystery series - "A female investigator … brainy and battle-hardened." British around WWII. Delightful easy read. Jacqueline Winspear Ann
Alexander Hamilton - Dense but wonderful. "A landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation." Ron Chernow Ann
Growing Up in the WAC - Letters home from France in WWII. Charming. Blanche Green Ann
Hamilton: Man & the Musical - 2 volumes, to be published together in September. Connecting lines from the musical with sources, letters etc. Dianne L. Durante Dianne
Alexander Hamilton a brief biography - a handbook to go with the other 2 volumes, to be published together in September. Dianne L. Durante Dianne
Gods in Alabama - "A comic novel that combines salty blue-collar humor with an engaging first-person voice….. and a genuine affection for the people and places of Dixie." Jackson writes "with empathy, grace, humor and piercing insight." Joshilyn Jackson Dianne
The Chronicles of St. Mary's - Sci fic mystery fantasy. Investigating historical events in contemporary time. A 12 book series. "British madcap time-travelling series, served with a dash of wit that seems to be everyone's cup of tea." Jodi Taylor Dianne
A Man Called Ove - A Swedish author, wonderful quirky writing. Novel - grumpy old man, falls in love with a beautiful woman. Charming character. "If there was an award for 'Most Charming Book of the Year,' this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down" (Booklist, starred review). Frederick Backman Nancy
Motherland - Thinly veiled biography of his own family - through 20 years. "A richly detailed, darkly hilarious novel of a family held together and torn apart by its narcissistic matriarch." Riveting. Paul Theroux Inez
Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker's Journey - "The story of a film masterpiece and how it was almost destroyed." Fascinating. Orson Welles. Harlan Lebo Al
Will in the World: How Shakespeare became Shakespeare - "The most complexly intelligent and sophisticated, and yet the most keenly enthusiastic, study of the life and work taken together that I have ever read." Adam Gopnik, the New Yorker. "Stephen Greenblatt brings us down to earth to see, hear, and feel how an acutely sensitive and talented boy, surrounded by the rich tapestry of Elizabethan life, could have become the world's greatest playwright." Fascinating! Stephen Greenblatt Susan
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis - Autobiography. Insightful. "A powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class." J. D. Vance Tina
The Odyssey - Translated by W. H. D. Rouse. The greatest adventure story of all time. Universal themes of perseverance, loyalty, pride, etc. Wonderful. "Homer's Odyssey has been called the 'the first novel,' 'the first expression of the mind in literary form,' and 'the best story ever written.'" "Adventure on the high seas, legendary romance, tests of endurance, betrayal, heroism -" Homer Sal
Voodoo River - (Elvis Cole Novel). Who-done-it full of twists and turns. "L.A. private eye Elvis Cole is hired by popular television star Jodie Taylor to delve into her past and identify the biological parents who gave her up for adoption thirty-six years before." Robert Crais Bruce

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