Book Discussion Group
A celebration of reading!
Read each selection & join staffer Wendy Wise for a spirited discussion!
Last Wednesday of each month at 7 pm in the Conference Room.
- August 27: Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
It was many years ago that I became what I am
I was trapped in this life like an innocent lamb
Now I can never show my face at noon
And you'll only see me walking by the light of the moon
The brim of my hat hides the eye of a beast
I've the face of a sinner but the hands of a priest
Oh you'll never see my shade or hear the sound of my feet
While there's a moon over Bourbon Street
—“Moon Over Bourbon Street” by Sting
After Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1897, vampires fell out of literary fashion until the last quarter of the 20th Century. In the late 1960s, television introduced us to Dark Shadows and a new kind of vampire: one that could be the romantic and tortured hero of the story, rather than a monster out to destroy humanity.
In 1976 Anne Rice launched her Vampire Chronicles series which would eventually grow to twelve novels (with a 13th to be released this year), two movies, and legions of obsessed fans. The book that started it all was Interview with the Vampire in which Louis de Pointe du Lac recounts to a journalist how he was transformed from a 25-year-old, drunken, plantation owner in 1791 into one of the undead. Louis wants his story to be known: he is sad and alone, and, after all these years, wants someone to know the agonies that he has endured, the losses he has suffered.
Described as “…beautiful, and always unforgettable” (Washington Post), “…frightening, sensuous, and utterly unnverving” (Hartford Courant), and “a magnificent, compulsively readable thriller” (Chicago Tribune), this novel would seem a perfect read for the steamy month of August.
Check for available copies of Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice at the Circulation Desk or through our catalog, where it is available as a book or audiobook. It is also available through our Digital Downloads in EPUB, Kindle, and e-audiobook formats.
- September 24: The House Girl by Tara Conklin
- October 29: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
- November 19: The Mercury 13: The Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight by Martha Ackmann
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