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Let's Talk About It! Fall 2017


Destruction or Redemption: Images of Romantic Love



September 18, 2017
November 6, 2017


at the

Carteret County Public Library

1702 Live Oak St., Beaufort, NC 28516


You are cordially invited to join Carteret County Public Library as we host this exciting program. Each of the five sessions will bring together avid readers and an eminent humanities scholar. Together, participants go on a journey of enlightenment as they discuss the nuances and relevancy of these books to our lives.


The series is free of charge and open to the public. Registration is not required to attend.


In this captivating series, we will explore one of the most puzzling features of the human condition-- romantic love. Whether destructive or redemptive, romantic love has the potential to transform us in some way, however briefly.

Book List & Discussion Schedule


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1. Monday, September 18, 7 p.m.

Speaker: Bill DiNome


Madame Bovary 

By Gustave Flaubert


Published in 1856. Unhappily married to a devoted, clumsy provincial doctor, Emma revolts against the ordinariness of her life by pursuing voluptuous dreams of ecstasy and love. But her sensuous and sentimental desires lead her only to suffering corruption and downfall. A brilliant psychological portrait, Madame Bovary searingly depicts the human mind in search of transcendence.


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2. Monday, October 2, 7 p.m.

Speaker: Sue Ross


A Mother and Two Daughters

By Gail Godwin


At the death of Leonard Strickland, beloved Southern gentleman, husband and father, his family is faced with the unknown. Nell always relied on the husband of her youth for security and friendship. Fiercely independent Cate and perfect Lydia have spent their lives vying for the love and  approval their father generously gave. And as each woman begins to view her life, her past, and the possibilities of the future with new eyes, each belatedly discovers that life and death are impossible to plan.


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3. Monday, October 9, 7 p.m.

Speaker:  Joe Gomez


The End of the Affair

By Graham Greene


It is a strange hate that compels Maurice Bendrix to set down the retrospective account of his adulterous affair with Sarah Miles. A year after her death, Bendrix seeks to exorcise the persistence of his passion by retracing its course from obsessive love to love-hate. As he delves into his emotional outlook, Bendrix's hatred shifts to the God he feels has broken his life, but whose existence he at last comes to recognize.


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4. Monday, October 23, 7 p.m.

Speaker:  Nan Miller


Morgan’s Passing

By Anne Tyler


Morgan's Passing is a 1980 novel that won the 1980 Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction. Morgan Gower works at Cullen's hardware store in north Baltimore. He has seven daughters and a warmhearted wife, but as he journeys into the gray area of  middle age, he finds his household growing tedious. Then Morgan meets two lovely young newlyweds under some rather extreme circumstances--and all three discover that no one's heart is safe...

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5. Monday, November 6, 7 p.m.

Speaker: Tess Ocana


The French Lieutenant's Woman 

By John Fowles


Perhaps the most beloved of his internationally bestselling works is a feat of seductive storytelling that effectively invents anew the Victorian novel. "Filled with enchanting mysteries and magically erotic possibilities", the novel inspired the hugely successful 1981 film starring Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons and is today     universally regarded as a modern classic.

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Program Sponsors


This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“Let’s Talk About It” is a joint project of the North Carolina Humanities Council and the North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the State Library of North Carolina/Department of Cultural Resources and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.


Friends of Carteret County Public Library provide matching funds for the “Let’s Talk About It” book series.

Past “Let’s Talk About It” Series

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