Round Rock New Neighbors is a social organization of women welcoming women in the Round Rock area since 1978. Both "new" and "old" neighbors are welcome. For more information: rrnewneighbors.org [Barnes & Noble requires that RRNN's book club be open to the public, so you do not need to be an RRNN member to attend book club, and both men and women are welcome and do attend. ]

Literary Events

Literary Events

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July 6th, author Neil Gaiman will speak at the Long Center. $32.
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Thanks to Cindy V. for sending me listings of 2 TV series you might find interesting, and you might have access to:

The Son (book by Philipp Meyer), starring Pierce Brosnan. On AMC starting April 8.

American Gods (book by Neil Gaiman) on Starz, starting April 30.
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The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library’s Hill Country Authors Series will feature Texas author Paulette Jiles discussing her upcoming novel News of the World, which was shortlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction.
WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 2 pm. Doors open at 1:30 pm.
WHERE: The Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street in Georgetown, Texas.
WHY: All proceeds from the event will go toward meeting unfunded projects of the library. Tickets for the event are $15 in advance or $18 at the door, and may be purchased starting April 3, 2017, at the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library, online at folgeorgetown.org/calendar, or by contacting Marcy Lowe at 512-868-8974. A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Café in the library will be served.
THE BOOK: In 1870 a 10-year-old girls makes a journey back to her aunt and uncle’s home after living with Kiowa warriors who had killed her parents four year earlier. Subsequently she is traded to Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a 70-year-old war veteran, who takes her 400 miles to her family near San Antonio.
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Round Rock Public Library Book Group meets Tuesday May 16th 7:00-8:30. They will discuss Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain. They will be voting on future book choices. Check the library website for more information, or ask Carla.
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Book Buzz - June 6th, evening - Round Rock Public Library - Free, but seating is limited. Reservations are necessary and will open closer to the time of the event.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Everybody's Antonia

Last Monday (September 21), we discussed Willa Cather's My Antonia, often considered Cather's masterpiece. Almost everyone enjoyed reading the book. We had two suggested questions to ponder before reading My Antonia: (1) What does this book show about the time and place of the story? and (2) Why was this book popular at the time it was published?

On the first question, ideas we discussed included that the book showed the contrast between farm life and town life and that the book revealed some of the troubles that immigrants had to overcome. This book may have presented the most realistic picture available of the difficulties of the immigrants, especially those who attempted to work the land. Immigrants in this story came to America after giving their life savings to someone who promised them land. Probably many fraudulent deals were made. The immigrants in My Antonia were farming in cold Nebraska, where, as one of our members mentioned, there are 2 seasons: winter and muddy.

On the second question, I didn't get any specific notes about answers. I think we got off on tangential questions instead of answering that one. We talked about whether Antonia was a heroic character and found a contradiction in her character. She was strong and worked hard and succeeded in her life in many ways, but she was also always "owned" by people; hence the title "My" Antonia. First she belonged to her father, then Jim, her brothers, Donovan, and her husband and maybe even her brood of children. Even Mrs. Stevens at the end seemed to claim Antonia as her own. We also talked about the romance in the book, debating whether it was really a romance; there were arguments on both sides.

Our My Antonia was interesting and insightful as are all our discussions. It never ceases to amaze me how much more I feel in touch with a book after we all put our heads together over it. My Antonia was not a complex book, but we ferreted out all the subtleties. I felt like we had thoroughly gathered all the meaning this book had to offer.

So, do you think this was the precursor to Little House on the Prairie?

1 comment:

Dee said...

Good blog post. I did enjoy this classic & am so glad Patty nominated it so we could once again view it through fresh eyes. How we read a book in our youth (I speak for myself, ha) & absorb it as an adult can be so different.