Fall Book Discussion Series at Carver Memorial Library: Invisible New England: The Real New England?
|Carver Memorial Library|
|12 Union Street, Searsport, ME|
|Sep 19, 2013|
The novels and memoir that make up this series, Invisible New England: The Real New England? take us into this more complicated and richer reality, and offer parts of the story that are often missing from the narrative of the New England created by Hawthorne, Melville, Alcott, Jewett, White, or Frost. Even though these authors’ New England definitely had its dark side, it is a determinedly white Anglo-Saxon, Protestant New England. This series brings us accounts of Catholic immigrants - Irish, Italian, and French Canadian - of transplanted black Southerners, and of Mainers scrambling to put together a living in a poor coastal community, that is neither harmonious nor ordered, and where a traditional way of life is challenged by a seemingly hostile world. Family and tradition are important in every one of these narratives, as are class and the challenges of change. Taken together this series may serve to remind us that the richly textured population of New England constitutes the real New England.
This series is sponsored by the Maine State Library and the Maine Humanities Council. Discussions will be led by facilitator Jeffrey Aronson.
Please sign up in advance to participate in this discussion series. Books will be available in the library 2-3 weeks prior to each discussion. Thursdays at 6:30pm:
- September 19
- The Living is Easy, by Dorothy West, is about the life of a middle class black family in Boston, inspired by West's own experiences and her observations about social class in the black community in the early 20th century.
- October 3
- Like Lesser Gods, by Mari Tomasi, is a novel about a community of Italian immigrant stonecutters living in a small Vermont town during the 1920s.
- October 17
- The Family, by David Plante, is an autobiographical novel about a Francophone family in a French-Canadian enclave of Providence, Rhode Island in the 1950s.
- November 7
- All Souls: A Family Story from Southie, by Michael Patrick MacDonald. This memoir takes us into the projects of South Boston in the 1970s and 1980s, where poverty, drugs and violence besiege a predominantly Irish Catholic community.
- November 21
- The Wooden Nickel, by William Carpenter, is a novel about the struggles of a contemporary Maine lobsterman to survive in a world he no longer understands.