Book Discussion Group
A Celebration of Reading!
Read each selection & join staffer Michele Reinhart for a spirited discussion!
Last Wednesday of each month at 7 pm in the Conference Room.
- May 28: How to Create the Perfect Wife by Wendy Moore
In the song “Just You Wait” from the musical My Fair Lady, Eliza Doolittle daydreams quite lyrically about getting her due: “One evening the king will say, ‘Oh, Liza, old thing, I want all of England your praises to sing. Next week on the twentieth of May, I proclaim Liza Doolittle day.’” And, for fans of musical theatre, a new holiday was born: May 20th, Eliza Doolittle Day.
My Fair Lady was based on the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, which tells the story of a Cockney flower girl – Eliza Doolittle – made over in the image of a duchess to satisfy a bet between two “gentlemen”. Pygmalion in turn takes its title from Greek mythology: Pygmalion was a sculptor who carved an ideal woman out of ivory.
This month, in honor of Eliza Doolittle Day – and keeping in mind man’s seemingly never-ending quest for the perfect woman – we will be reading and discussion Wendy Moore’s fascinating 2013 account How to Create the Perfect Wife.
It is the true story of Thomas Day, an 18th Century writer who – under the influence of the Enlightenment – adopted two young orphan girls from the Foundling Hospital and groomed them to be model wives. As you might imagine, his results were not exactly what he expected.
Please check our catalog for copies of the book and join us for our discussion on the May 28.
With staffer Wendy Wise:
- June 25: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith/J.K. Rowling
- July 30: Dracula by Bram Stoker
- August 27: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Questions? Call Reference at 614-481-3776.