October and November

We’ll be reading Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers in October and The Princess Bride by William Goldman in November.  Details below! The Hatfield Book Club meets every 4th Wednesday at 6:30PM in the Library, and copies of the upcoming book are generally available at the circulation desk.  No meeting in December due to the holidays!

Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30PM

A classic mystery novel starring one of literature’s pairs of detectives.  When Harriet Vane attends her Oxford reunion, known as the “Gaudy,” the prim academic setting is haunted by a rash of bizarre pranks: scrawled obscenities, burnt effigies and poison-pen letters — including one that says, “Ask your boyfriend with the title if he likes arsenic in his soup.” Some of the notes threaten murder; all are perfectly ghastly; yet in spite of their scurrilous nature, all are perfectly worded. And Harriet finds herself ensnared in a nightmare of romance and terror, with only the tiniest shreds of clues to challenge her powers of detection, and those of her paramour, Lord Peter Wimsey.

Wednesday, November 28th at 6:30PM

Even if you haven’t seen this classic movie, you’ve surely heard quotes from it.  Now join us to read and discuss the book.  What happens when the most beautiful girl in the world marries the handsomest prince of all time and he turns out to be…well…a lot less than the man of her dreams?

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad’s recitation, and only the “good parts” reached his ears.

Now Goldman does Dad one better. He’s reconstructed the “Good Parts Version” to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere.

What’s it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.

In short, it’s about everything

New members always welcome.  Email questions to Eliza at hatfieldpubliclibrary@gmail.com.

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