We begin our discussion of Elizabeth Gaskell's "Wives & Daughters" on April 12th, 2010 in the International Room in the Carnegie Building at 6:00 pm. "Wives & Daughters" is a wonderful book which revolves around a Dr.Gibson and his daughter Molly, in a provincial town in 1830's England. Here's a plot summary of the book from Wikipedia. For a shorter version: the good Dr.
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One of the great things about this year's Big Read selection, A wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin, is that there are three more books, equally enthralling, in the Earthsea series, plus Le Guin has written dozens of other wonderful books. If you have read this book with your children, there are numerous other authors in the children's section that both children and adults will enjoy.
Dick Francis was one of the first "grown-up" authors I remember reading as a teen. His books on racing and various and sundry aspects of racing (air transport, bloodstock sales, steeplechases, etc.) always thrilled me and kept me glued to the book, until I reached the end. His first novel, "Dead Cert" was published in 1962 and he published another one every after that. When I saw a news flash on Sunday that he had died at the age of 89, I felt a sharp pang of so