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North Shore Publich Library

Book Discussions

Copies of the books are available at the reference desk. Everyone is welcome!

World Literature Discussions

Moderated by Professor Bill Schiavo

**For a full list of Bill Schiavo’s past book discussions, please click here!**


The Citadel

The Citadel, by A. J. Cronin    –    Thursday, May 10 at 2:00 PM

This National Book Award winning novel, published in 1937, was groundbreaking in its treatment of the contentious theme of medical ethics. The author, who wrote it as “an attack against the medical profession,” drew on his experiences of practicing medicine in the coal mining regions of South Wales, where he had researched the correlation between coal dust inhalation and lung disease.



The Duel

The Duel, by Anton Chekhov    –    Thursday, June 7 at 2:00 PM

Set in a seaside town, Chekhov’s novella is morality tale that pits a scientist, a government worker, his mistress, a deacon, and a physician against one another in a verbal battle of wits and ethics that explodes in a violent contest. Written in 1891, it was considered at the time to represent a “modern approach” to human behavior.



Contemporary Evening Book Discussions

Moderated by Professor Michael Boecherer of SCCC



American Pastoral

American Pastoral, by Philip Roth    –    Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 PM

A 1998 Pulitzer Prize winner, Roth’s novel delves into the life of Seymour, a successful businessman and former star athlete, whose conventional upper middle class life is ruined by the domestic, social, and political turmoil of the 1960s, which he describes as the “Indigenous American Beserk.”


How the Garcia Girls Lost Their AccentsHow the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, by Julia Alvarez    –    Thursday, June 21 at 7:30 PM

This coming of age novel is told in reverse chronological order, and spans thirty years in the lives of the four Garcia sisters who had enjoyed a sheltered and luxurious childhood in the Dominican Republic until their father got into trouble with the secret police. The ensuing flight of the family to New York City sends the sisters into social and cultural turmoil while they struggle to adjust to their new lives.

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