Book Club: Catch-22

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Book Club: Catch-22
December 7, 2019 9:00 AM
December 7, 2019 10:00 AM
Book Club: Catch-22
October 1, 2019

Join us!  The Book Club will meet on the first Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m. in the meeting room at the Library. These books were chosen at the group’s meeting in August 2018. For more information, call Tiffany McNeil at 970/249-9656 (ext. 3).

The selection for December 2019 is Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. Presented by Jerry Harvey.
Fifty years after its original publication, Catch-22 remains a cornerstone of American literature and one of the funniest – and most celebrated – novels of all time. In recent years, it has been named to “best novels” lists by Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and the London Observer. Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy – it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: A man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes a formal request to be removed from duty, he is proven sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved. Since its publication in 1961, no novel has matched Catch-22’s intensity and brilliance in depicting the brutal insanity of war.  –

Upcoming Selections:

January 2020: A River Runs Through It by Norman MacLean, discussion led by Tim Garvey

February 2020: Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink, discussion led by Ruth Sendecki

March 2020: The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, discussion led by Caroline Evans

April 2020: The Library Book by Susan Orlean, discussion led by Meg Nagel

May 2020: The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough, discussion led by Mabel Risch

June 2020: Birding Without Borders by Noah Strycker, discussion led by Carol Cox

July 2020: The Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, discussion led by Brenda Joyce Coda

August 2020: Planning Meeting for 2020-2021 Book Club

September 2020: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, discussion led by Anita Brown & Sally Thoreson

October 2020: How to Hide an Empire by Daniel Immerwahr, discussion led by Tiffany McNeil

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