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   Volume II, Issue 3
February 2006   

You’re invited: Falvey book group selects intriguing titles

The Falvey book group will be hosting three book discussions during the spring term. The group will meet in the conference room on Falvey’s second floor. All Villanova University personnel are invited to join.

Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury on Wednesday, March 1, 1:00 p.m. 

Books are dangerous. They make you think. Montag, the protagonist of this book, is a fireman whose job is to burn books. One day, out of curiosity, he begins to read one of these books. He is hooked and his life changes forever. It is ironic that Fahrenheit 451 is about a society that bans reading when this book itself was censored and apparently expurgated for thirteen years, unknown to its author, Ray Bradbury. You are invited to come to the book discussion to discover the details and the author’s reaction.*

Passing, by Nella Larsen on Wednesday, March 29 at 1:00 p.m.

Irene Redfield, happily married and leading a charmed existence in Harlem in the 1920s, is shaken out of it by a chance encounter with a childhood friend, Claire Kendry, who has been “passing” for white by hiding her true identity from everyone, including her racist husband. This secret poses a threat to Irene’s security, forcing both women to confront the hazards of public and private deception. Passing is a short, tightly written book, which helps enhance its power.*

The third selection has yet to be picked. Any suggestions?  Please call me at 610-519-4277 or email

(*Some text paraphrased from book jackets.)