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Alternate Monday Evenings
7:00 p.m.

January 14, 2019


March 11, 2019

at the

Carteret County Public Library

1702 Live Oak St., Beaufort, NC 28516



The Carteret  County Public Library proudly presents the latest in this popular book reading and discussion series.

Winter 2019

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







This series captures the hard truths that come with growing old: the surprise of seeing a wrinkled face, the anger at not being able to do what was once easy. Each of the novels in this series takes a unique look at shared histories, mutual dependency, and the humbling experiences that come when the body wears out but the mind remains lively.  These books all record a character’s confrontations-sometimes dreaded, sometimes sought– with memory and time, twin forces that in earlier years could be ignored.



Discussion Schedule


1. Monday, January 14

7:00 p.m.—8:45 p.m.


Guest Scholar: Susan Schmidt, Ph.D.


Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner tells the story of two couples who have been friends for decades and are facing the death of one of the wives. At the final gathering the group must confront not only the stark changes that this death will bring but the reality of what their lives over time have come to mean.



2. Monday, January 28

7:00 p.m.—8:45 p.m.


Guest Scholar: Tess Ocana, M.A.


Having Our Say by Sarah L. Delany, A. Elizabeth Delany, and Amy Hill Hearth is the

narrative of the Delany sisters who grew up in Raleigh. This book can be read by several

different lights: as a social history of

America’s tragedy of racial conflict, from

Reconstruction through the civil rights era; as the biography of one black family of the South, a collective experience bearing witness to 100 years of struggle against prejudice; but perhaps most meaningfully as a beautifully modulated duet for two voices, women of contrasting temperaments who face an often hostile world with very different strategies, but one will to excel and one abiding love for each other.



3. Monday, February 11

7:00p.m.—8:45 p.m.


Guest Scholar: Rebecca Godwin, Ph.D.


Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen tells the story of one young-and-old man who has to find out whether he can face any experience, including the threat of death and the promise of freedom, and still be, triumphantly, himself.



4. Monday, February 25

7:00 p.m.—8:45 p.m.


Guest Scholar: Sue Ross, Ph.D.


The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence tells the story of Hagar Shipley, who is a grouchy, totally self-absorbed

fault-finder. She  would seem to be so devoid of redeeming qualities that no one could pity her. Yet trapped inside her head, we realize that she is her own worst enemy and knows it.



5. Monday, March 11

7:00 p.m.— 8:45 p.m.


Guest Scholar: Rebecca Godwin, Ph.D.


The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry is a story of Jack Beechum who has chosen to live in service to the land. It takes place on one autumn day in 1952 but looks back over his entire lifetime that spans nearly 100 years filled with both heartache and happiness. The novel is not so much about a man or his specific memories as about the memory itself.



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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