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   Volume II, Issue 1
September 2005   

Book discussion group begins at Falvey

by Bill Greene

Have you wanted to join a book group so you could discuss a book you read, but you didn't know where to find such a group? Falvey may have the answer.

Ten members of Falvey’s staff met in June to initiate the Falvey Book Group. The group plans to meet to discuss books chosen by consensus, and the atmosphere will be one of fun and relaxation.

In July, we discussed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, the story of an autistic teenage boy told in the first person. The second book we read was The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, the compelling story of the changing relationship between two boys in Afghanistan. This book generated much interest, as eleven people attended this discussion.

The August selection was Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie, the tale of the “re-education” of two teenage boys during Mao’s cultural revolution in the early 1970s. It combines history, humor and romance.

The Library Book Group will continue into the fall semester and beyond. If faculty or staff members are interested in attending the book discussions, they are certainly invited to do so. On Wednesday, Sept 28, at 1 p.m., we will discuss The Four Agreements, A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Miguel Ruiz and, at a future date, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Future chosen book titles will be posted in Blueprints in the Falvey section. For more information, you may contact me at 610-519-4277 or via e-mail at

As Laura Hutelmyer noted, "It’s fun to get together with people you don't normally see to share different viewpoints and opinions of particular books." Stay tuned!

Bill Greene is a periodicals technician.