Library Programs: Book Group
All readers welcome!
The book group meets the first Thursday of every other month in the library meeting room. Books, author information, and discussion questions are available at the Reference Desk. Join us and bring a friend!
Our next meeting is Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7 p.m.
The man who mistook his wife for a hat and other clinical tales by Oliver Sacks
In his most extraordinary book, "one of the great clinical writers of the 20th century" (The New York Times) recounts the case histories of patients lost in the bizarre, apparently inescapable world of neurological disorders. Oliver Sacks's The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.
If inconceivably strange, these brilliant tales remain, in Dr. Sacks's splendid and sympathetic telling, deeply human. They are studies of life struggling against incredible adversity, and they enable us to enter the world of the neurologically impaired, to imagine with our hearts what it must be to live and feel as they do. A great healer, Sacks never loses sight of medicine's ultimate responsibility: "the suffering, afflicted, fighting human subject."
Upcoming meetings for 2014:
Thursday, March 6 - Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
Thursday, May 1 - Salt: A world history by Mark Kurlansky **
Thursday, July 10 - Something wicked this way comes by Ray Bradbury
Thursday, September 4 - I'm a stranger here myself by Bill Bryson
Thursday, November 6 - Katherine: a novel by Anya Seton
** Date tentative due to move to new library!