San Rafael Public Library

Monday Night Reading/Discussion Group

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March 6, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Library Meeting Room
1100 E St
San Rafael, CA 94901
Reference Desk

The Downtown library has a book club that usually meets on the 1st Monday of the month (except where noted for holidays) from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Library Meeting Room.
We read shorter classics, contemporary short stories, poems, articles, essays, plays, excerpts and…? Participants have input on future readings.


March 6
Animal Farm
by George Orwell

April 3
The Prince
by Niccolo Machiavelli

May 1
American Nature Essays:
The Great Silence by Ted Chiang
Total Eclipse by Annie Dillard
High Tide in Tucson by Barbara Kingsolver

June 5
Masters of the Short Story: Tóibín, Trevor, & Barnes
The Empty Family by Colm Tóibín
Three People by William Trevor
The Things You Know by Julian Barnes

July 10
Down and Out with Jack & John (London & Steinbeck)
Jack London’s “Confession” from The Road, a collection of tales and essays from his life as a hobo, and
John Steinbeck’s The Harvest Gypsies, articles written for the San Francisco News on migrant farm workers during the Dust Bowl migration, a precursor to The Grapes of Wrath.

August 7
Coyote: Sherman Alexie and Other Tricksters:
Two Short Stories:
Sherman Alexie’s “What You Pawn, I Will Redeem.” Read it here
Geoffrey Becker’s “Another Coyote Story” Read it here
Two traditional stories: “Coyote Marries a Man” and “Coyote Shows How He Can Lie”
Two poems: Martin Willatts’  “Coyote Dances With the Stars” and Lowell Jaeger’s “Why Dogs Smell Each Other’s Butts”

September 11 – (September 4 is Labor Day holiday)
True West,
a play by Sam Shepard
In True West, Sam Shepard explores the nature of duality.  Two brothers; a screenwriter and a drifter, come together after a five year separation. Austin, a family man, is house sitting for their mother, when Lee, a conman and thief, bullies his way into staying at the house. When Austin’s Hollywood connection mistakes Lee for Austin, the two brothers are forced to work together on Austin’s screenplay. Chaos ensues as the brothers reverse roles, and each man admits how they always wanted to be in the other’s shoes. Here’s a link to the full-text:

October 2A Manual for Cleaning Women – Selected Stories by Lucia Berlin

This collection compiles the best work of the legendary short-story writer Lucia Berlin. With her trademark blend of humor and melancholy, conjures crafts miracles from the everyday–uncovering moments of grace in the cafeterias and laundromats of the American Southwest, in the homes of the Northern California upper classes, and from the perspective of a cleaning woman alone in a hotel dining room in Mexico City.

Please ask a librarian for help in locating a copy.


Future Selections to be determined…

November 6

December 4







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