Literary Circle

Interested in Joining?

Christine Middlebrook
cell 407-461-0756
middlebrookchristine@gmail.com


We meet every Third Monday of every month at a members home. After our discussion we enjoy lunch that is prepared by our hostess.

 We welcome new members! Please contact Christine Middlebrook if you are interested in joining!

 

 

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    June Book Club

    On Monday, June 17th, the Deercreek Book Club will meet at 10:00 at the home of Chris Middlebrook to discuss Amor Towles book, Rules of Civility.

    Summary:

    Set in New York City in 1938, Rules of Civility tells the story of a watershed year in the life of an uncompromising twenty-five-year old Katey Kontent.  Armed with a little more than a formidable intellect, a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve, Katey embarks on a journey from a Wall Street secretarial pool through the upper echelons of New York society in search of a brighter future.

    The story opens on New Year’s Eve in a Greenwich Village jazz bar, where Katey and her boardinghouse roommate Eve happen to meet Tinker Grey, a handsome banker with royal blue eyes and a ready smile.  This chance encounter and its startling consequences cast Katey off her current course but end up providing her unexpected access to the rarified offices of Conde Nast and a glittering new social circle.  Befriended in turn by an Upper East Side ne’er-do-well, and a single-minded widow who is ahead of her times, Katey has the chance to experience first hand the poise secured by wealth and station, but also the aspirations, envy, disloyalty, and desires that reside just below the surface.  Even as she waits for circumstances to bring Tinker back into her orbit, she will learn how individual choices become the means by which life crystallizes loss.

    Elegant and captivating, Rules of Civility turns a Jamesian eye on how spur of the moment decisions define life for decades to come.  A love letter to a great American city at the end of the Depression, readers will quickly fall under its spell, of crisp writing, sparkling atmosphere and breathtaking revelations, as Towles evokes the ghosts of Fitzgerald, Capote, and McCarthy.

    The Deercreek Book club meets every 3rd Monday of the month at 10:00 in the home of members.  Before discussion beverages and light snacks are served.  We welcome new members.  For more information please contact Chris Middlebrook, middlebrookchristine@gmail.com or 407-461-0756.

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    May Book Club

    On Monday, May 20th, the Deercreek Book Club will meet at 10:00 at the home of Carney Kirtley to discuss Melanie Benjamin’s book, ‘The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb’.

    Summary:

    Mercy Lavinia "Vinnie" Warren Bump, the diminutive wife of Gen. Tom Thumb, narrates her life story in this vivacious fictionalized autobiography that takes her from a small New England town to a seedy Mississippi showboat and eventually into the entourage of the impresario P.T. Barnum. Born with proportionate dwarfism, Vinnie, a "perfect woman in miniature," rejects a career as a schoolteacher in favor of show business, eventually finding an intellectual soul mate in Barnum and international fame that leads her into the opulence of New York society and meetings with heads of state from the White House to Europe and India. Benjamin (Alice I Have Been) centers the latter half of her tale around Vinnie and Barnum's odd-couple friendship and touchy business relationship, sometimes glossing frustratingly over Vinnie's own adventures—a three-year tour of Australia and Asia is given only a few pages—and leaving the last 40 years of her life untold. But the smart and unyieldingly ladylike Vinnie emerges as an effervescent narrator with a love of life and a grand story worth the price of admission. 

    The Deercreek bookclub meets every 3rd Monday of the month, at 10:00 in a members home. Before discussion, coffee, beverages and a light snack is served. For more information, notify Chris Middlebrook, middlebrookchristine@gmail.com or 407.461.0756.

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