Ludington Library's Bookclub for Adults
The "Rabid Reader" Book Club welcomes new members anytime at the Ludington Library. Meetings are on the third Friday of each month, 9:30 am, at the Ludington Library. Their next meeting will be May 19 at 9:30 am, discussing the novel: "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin, copyright 1899.
The Awakening, originally titled A Solitary Soul, is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. Set in New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the nineteenth century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women's issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism, generating mixed reaction from contemporary readers and criticism. The novel's blend of realistic narrative, incisive social commentary, and psychological complexity makes The Awakening a precursor of American modernist literature; it prefigures the works of American novelists such as William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway and echoes the works of contemporaries such as Edith Wharton and Henry James. It can also be considered among the first Southern works in a tradition that would culminate with the modern masterpieces of Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Eudora Welty, Katherine Anne Porter, and Tennessee Williams.
Visit or call the Libraries at (231) 843-8465 or (231) 757-2588 to reserve a copy, or to ask about getting a copy through MeLCat.
Rabid Readers Reading List for 2017*
12/16/2016: “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Bachman, fiction, c. 2015
1/20/17: "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle, fiction, c. 2014
2/17: "Mary Coin" by Marisa Silver, fiction, c. 2013
3/17: "The Fortunes" by Peter Ho Davies, fiction, c. 2016
4/21: "A Fall of Marigolds" by Susan Meissner, fiction, c. 2014
5/19: "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin, fiction, c. 1899
6/16: "Originals: How Non-conformists Move the World" by Adam Grant, nonfiction, c. 2016
7/21: "The Wednesday Wars" by Gary Schmidt, YA fiction, c. 2007
8/18: "Black-Eyed Susans" by Julia Heaberlin, fiction, c. 2015
9/15: "Perfume River" by Robert Olen Butler, fiction, c. 2016
10/20: "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith, classic fiction, c. 1943
11/17: "Lost to Time: Unforgettable Stories that History Forgot" by Martin W. Sandler, nonfiction, c. 2010
* Subject to change