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January 12, 2015


March 9, 2015

Meeting at 7 p.m.

Carteret County Public Library

1702 Live Oak St., 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 Lets Talk About It book series.

Exploring the American West

...Whose West?

     The American West offers not one story but many. Together as we read these books, we will examine some of those stories - violent or nostalgic, tragic or heroic. This series will offer us a way of exploring a more honest creation myth, a story truly shared.

Book List & Discussion Schedule


1. Monday, January 12, 7 p.m.

Speaker: Tess Ocaa, M.A.

Sonic Pie Productions


Legacy of Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West

By Patricia Nelson Limerick


The West has a history grounded primarily in economic reality; in hardheaded questions of profit, loss, competition, and consolidation. Limerick presents stories and characters in a new way; the men of the west "meant business" in more ways than one.


2. Monday, January 26, 7 p.m.

Speaker: Tom Douglass, PhD

East Carolina University


Angle of Repose

By Wallace Stegner


Amid the chaos of the 1970s, retired professor Lyman Ward retreats to his ancestral home in California. His plan is to write the biography of his grandmother, an elegant and headstrong artist and pioneer who, together with her engineer husband, made her own journey through the hardscrabble West nearly a hundred years before.  


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

Speaker: Bill DiNome, M.F.A.

UNC Wilmington


Reservation Blues

By Sherman Alexie


Coyote Springs, an all-Indian rock-and-roll band, traces its journey from a Spokane reservation to New York. A humorous exploration of serious subjects: the effect of Christianity on Native Americans, cultural assimilation and its impact on relations between Indian men and Indian women.


4. Monday, March 16, 7 p.m. NEW DATE

Speaker:  Louise Taylor, Ph.D.

Meredith College, Ret.


Last Refuge: The Environmental Showdown in the American West

By Jim Robbins


Last Refuge examines the evolution of the "new west" and the fate of the West and Yellowstone Park, from those who use the land to make a living to environmentalists fighting to protect it. Robbins documents the gradual changes from ranching, mining and logging use of resources to the current push for more environmental protection.


5. Monday, March 9, 7 p.m.

Speaker: Jose Ocaa, M.A.

Campbell University


On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred Year Odyssey of a Chinese American Family

By Lisa See


See has constructed this epic story of her Chinese-American family. Includes stories of racism, romance, entrepreneurial genius, domestic heartache, secret marriages and sibling rivalries, in a history of two cultures meeting in a new world.


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 Lets Talk About It book series.

Past Lets Talk About It Series

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