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September 8, 2014


November 3, 2014

Meeting at 7 p.m.

North Carolina Maritime Museum

315 Front Street, Beaufort


Free & Open to the Public


"Let's Talk About It!" Discussion Series

     The Carteret County Public Library proudly presents the latest in this popular book discussion series.
     Your insights are the focus of the sessions. Our guest humanities scholars act as guides, leading discussions about how the books inform and enrich our lives. The library will loan the books at no charge to you, so show up with an eagerness to learn.
     Friends of Carteret County Public Library provide matching funds for the “Let’s Talk About It” book series.

America's Greatest Conflict:

Novels of the Civil War
    Sometimes historical facts alone are not enough to evoke the truth of the past -- perhaps this is what Walt Whitman meant when he claimed of the Civil War that 'the real war will never get into the books.' In these selections, novelists use their imaginative powers to re-create the greatest upheaval in our history in a way that touches emotions and senses as much as the intellect.

Book List & Discussion Schedule


2. Monday, September 22, 7 p.m.

Speaker: Rebecca Godwin, Ph.D.

Barton College


On the Occasion of My Last


By Kaye Gibbons

Emma Garnet Tate Lowell, a plantation owner's daughter, grows up in a privileged lifestyle, but it's not all roses. Her family's prosperity is linked to the institution of slavery, and Clarice, a close and trusted family servant, exposes Emma to the truth and history of their plantation and how it brutally affected the slave population.


1. Monday, September 29, 7 p.m.

Speaker: Jose Ocana, M.A.

Campbell University


The March

 By E. L. Doctorow

The March, a historical fiction novel set in 1864-1865 near the conclusion of the American Civil War. Doctorow retells Civil War history according to the individual lives of a large and diverse cast of characters—white and black, rich and poor, Union and Confederate—whose lives are caught up in the trauma of the war.

Rescheduled from September 8.


3. Monday, October 6, 7 p.m.

Speaker:  Billy Yeargin, Jr., M.L.S.

Duke University


Killer Angels

By Michael Shaara

In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation’s history, two armies fought for two conflicting dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. the dramatic story of the battleground for America’s destiny.


4. Monday, October 27, 7 p.m.

Speaker:  Lucinda MacKethan, Ph.D.

North Carolina State University, Ret.


Enemy Women

By Paulette Jiles

For the Colleys of Missouri, the War

Between the States is a plague that

threatens devastation, despite the family’s neutrality. For eighteen-year-old Adair Colley, it is a nightmare that tears apart her family and forces her and her sisters to flee. After her arrest, a Union Major bestows upon her the gift of love and freedom.


5. Monday, November 3, 7 p.m.

Speaker: Bill DiNome, M.F.A.

UNC Wilmington


Lincoln’s Dreams

By Connie Willis

For Jeff Johnston, a historical researcher, reality is redefined on a cold night near the close of winter. He meets Annie, a woman suffering from vivid, intense nightmares. Haunted by the dreamer, Jeff leads Annie on an odyssey through the heartland of the Civil War in search of a cure.


Program Sponsors




This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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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