June Book Group

Stoner by John Williams


Tuesday, June 27 at 7:30


William Stoner is born at the end of the nineteenth century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar’s life, so different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments: marriage into a “proper” family estranges him from his parents; his career is stymied; his wife and daughter turn coldly away from him; a transforming experience of new love ends under threat of scandal. Driven ever deeper within himself, Stoner rediscovers the stoic silence of his forebears and confronts an essential solitude.

John Williams’s luminous and deeply moving novel is a work of quiet perfection. William Stoner emerges from it not only as an archetypal American, but as an unlikely existential hero, standing, like a figure in a painting by Edward Hopper, in stark relief against an unforgiving world.

Details:
  • Books are available for checkout at the Reference desk
  • The HPL Book Group meets the last Tuesday of each month (except December)
  • New Members are always welcome
  • For more information, please contact the Reference Department at 781-741-1405, ext. 1404
Stoner book cover

Cookbook Club


The New York Times Cook Book by Craig Claiborne

Wednesday, June 28 at 7:00


Do you love to try new recipes? Are you looking for a new challenge? Join  the Library’s Cookbook Club today! If you haven’t ever been in a cookbook group before, it’s simple:  just pick a recipe you would like to try, cook it at home, and bring it to share with all! Sign up by visiting the Reference Desk and picking up a recipe.

This month we will be cooking recipes from The New York Times Cook BookSince it was first published in 1961, The New York Times Cook Book, a standard work for gourmet home cooks, has sold nearly three million copies in all editions and continues to sell strongly each year.

Questions? Call the Reference Desk at 781-741-1405 ext. 1404

New York Times Cook Book cover