Please choose from the following authors. Deadline is this Friday!
WHO SHOULD WE READ NEXT?
By now you should be getting through the last two books of Death Comes to Pemberley. We will recap next week.
In the last two books we learn of an illegitimate child and the steps the child’s uncle took after the child’s paternity became known. Do you think his actions were plausible or too radical for the era? Were his actions impossible given his condition?
We also get a nice wrap-up on the character of Georgiana’s former governess who we only hear of in Pride and Prejudice, and then only very briefly. For me James’ treatment of the character put a whole new spin on why she helped out Wickham in the original novel. Not at all what I expected.
I am not going to spoil the ending but I do have a question…
Prior to reading this book I was sure Regency social customs would dictate that if a woman’s “honor” was sullied or if a child was born out of wedlock then their lives would be pretty miserable regardless of social class. Now after doing some research I may be mistaken in that. Perhaps, depending on what class of society the persons in question belonged to, the rules varied. It seems if the social class was very high or very low, these things were sort of “dealt with.” If your social class was somewhere in the middle as the Bennett sisters are then it is a much bigger deal. Can anyone shed a little light on Regency era customs in regard to illegitimate children?
Don’t forget to email your pick for May’s author. I will make the announcement on Monday!
I am not going to recap these two books in detail because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who may not have read it yet. Book Three in brief: Denny is found dead, Wickham is locked up at Pemberley, the Lady Anne Ball is cancelled, Georgiana has a couple of love interests, and Lydia is still Lydia. In Book Four our characters are questioned about the events and each give their account of what had transpired. We find out Wickham had actually been a pretty good soldier and because of some heroic deeds he was successful in gaining employment but because he is Wickham he was not successful in keeping it.
For those of you who have read Pride and Prejudice, in this sequel we see a marked difference in the character of Colonel Fitzwilliam. Given his new role and responsibilities do you think this added strain is enough to alter his character to such a degree?
The inquest bodes ill for Wickham. Is there someone else whose behavior is a little suspicious?
Don’t forget to suggest an author for our next book!
For next week: Read Book Five: The Trial and Book Six: Gracechurch Street
Hello Pf Readers!
It’s time to pick the next book! You may post your book suggestions as a comment or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org with Book Pick in the subject line.
To narrow the list down I ran a report of the authors who are on reserve the most at the Library. The top ten are:
|Connelly, Michael (1956-) (1956-)|
Not necessarily in this order. The author with the most votes wins! I will then try and choose a title with a lot of copies so everyone can participate. Deadline for voting is April 23rd.
See you next week.
Check-out Carl’s comment on the previous post! He provided a great link to a You Tube Video http://tinyurl.com/7evr28b of PD James talking about Death Comes to Pemberley.
It is in Chapter Two of Book Two Darcy and Fitzwilliam take a small party of men out to the Woodlands where Denny and Wickham had last been seen. Elizabeth, Jane and Bingley were left behind with two servants to look after Lydia.
While we have learned that the woodland is reportedly haunted, we also know that the family of one of the servants lives in the cottage formerly occupied by Darcy’s great-grandfather. In this book we get a little insight into Darcy’s character by way of the deeds of his great-grandfather George Darcy who apparently rejected his duties and ran off to live as a hermit with his dog in the Woodland. In doing so he was viewed as an embarrassment to his family for shirking his responsibilities. Later, as he and his dog aged, George Darcy shot his dog and committed suicide in the Woodland adding to the stigma. George had apparently left a note requesting to be buried next to his dog but instead he was buried in the family plot and his dog buried in the woodland with a small granite headstone.
In Book Two, we further learn that Darcy’s father had feared there might be some weakness in the bloodline and hammered home the importance of his obligations as the inheritor of the estate which explains a lot about why Darcy is a bit… particular.
So, with all of that in mind, the men enter the Woodland and find Wickham bending over the lifeless body of Denny saying “Denny’s dead! he was my friend, my only friend, and I’ve killed him!”
The men pack-up Wickham and Denny and head back towards Pemberley.
This week’s discussion question:
Do you think Wickham killed Denny? If so, was it an accident?
For next week:
Read Book Three: Police and Pemberley and Book Four: The Inquest.
By now you should have gotten through the first part of Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James. The prologue is pretty much a summary of Pride and Prejudice with a little literary license for what happened in the six years between Pride and Prejudice and Death Comes to Pemberley. If you are familiar with the original, you might be as surprised as I to see that it is Kitty who is unmarried! Didn’t we all suspect it would be poor Mary? Having said that, James lets it be known that Lydia is received at both her sister Jane’s and her sister Elizabeth’s homes. Wickham however, is not.
In any case, back to the novel. Lydia has arrived at the home of her sister Elizabeth (aka Mrs. Darcy) in a state of hysteria screaming that her husband has been killed. We know from the prologue that Lydia is in disgrace for running off with Wickham who then had to be paid off by Fitzwilliam Darcy to marry Lydia. Had Darcy not coerced Wickham into marriage then he would not have been free to marry Elizabeth due to the scandal. Plus, Darcy feels guilty that he did not warn Elizabeth and her family about Wickham’s character in the first place.
So, this disgraced Lydia comes screeching to the Darcys’ doorstep in the middle of the night on the eve of a very important social occasion, the Lady Anne’s Ball. Elizabeth and her sister Jane (aka Ms. Bingley) attempt to calm Lydia as Charles (Mr. Bingley) sends for the doctor.
Last week’s question was Given their “disgrace”, do you think the treatment of Lydia and Wickham by the Darcy’s and the Bingley’s is historically accurate? Too lenient or too harsh?
Commenter Carl writes:
If the attitude toward Wickham depicted by Austen did not seem to be a plausible and authentic possibility for the time, it would seem to be less likely that her novel would have been accepted as well as it was.
I agree with Carl that Austen’s treatment of Wickham and Lydia is absolutely plausible. Disgrace of that nature could and did ruin many women (not so much men) in the Regency Era. They were shunned. Cast-off by society and their family.
While Lydia’s marriage helped alleviate some of the stigma, it did not eliminate it. In Austen’s novel, the couple is packed off to the “North” presumably to keep contact with them and gossip about them to a minimum. Yet, in James’ novel we see Lydia apparently makes frequent (albeit unwanted) visits to Elizabeth and Jane, mostly Jane. Still, I have to wonder, would she have been received at all by her sisters? I think society at that time would have dictated that she not be but human nature and sisterly obligations may well have trumped society and the two women might perhaps have quietly put-up with Lydia’s visits. It would be consistent with Jane’s gentle character and Lydia’s selfish character. I have not read a ton of sequels to P&P but I do find that in the three that I have read, poor Lydia never matures or learns from her mistakes. She was only 15 when she ran off. One would hope she would eventually get it together or at least realize what a mess she has made!
Next week: Read The Body in the Woodland if you have not done so already. We’ll discuss.
Well, 4 out of 5 have spoken in favor of a book club or discussion and 2 out of 4 have chosen Death Comes to Pemberley by J.D. Robb as the next book. The book is available through the library catalog in print, CD book and eBook.
Here is the short and sweet:
Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James, 2011
It’s a few years later and the Darcy’s and Bingley’s are living large until a hysterical Lydia shows up sans Wickham screaming that Wichkam has been murdered! But has he? Or is he himself the murderer?
Death Comes to Pemberley is one of many sequels to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice available through the library catalog in print, CD book, eBook, eAudiobook and DVD. While you’re on the catalog check out some of the other sequel’s written in the 200 years since the original was published.
Let’s start with the first 2 books (chapters are short) of Death Comes to Pemberley for next week. While reading let’s consider the following discussion questions:
Given their “disgrace”, do you think the treatment of Lydia and Wickham by the Darcy’s and the Bingley’s is historically accurate? Too lenient or too harsh?
To learn a little more about the time period Pride and Prejudice and Death Comes to Pemberley check-out the wonderfully informative blog Jane Austen’s World. It is a very thorough and informative look at social customs, history, laws and fashion of the Regency Era and includes exhaustive information on Jane Austen and her work (plus tons more information too extensive to list).
Hello Pf Readers!
Well the results so far are in favor of an Online Book Club with Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James in the lead. You still have until next week to vote!
Did you know you can reserve your favorite authors before their next book comes out? Reserve Express will automatically place you on the reserve list for new books by selected authors! If an author is particularly popular, the Reserve Express uses a lottery-like selection process. After the book comes into collection and the Reserve Express participants are served, the Library’s regular waiting list will apply on a first come, first served basis. Click on Reserve Express to find out how you can use this awesome service!
Upcoming events for Adults this week!
Get Caught Reading in May
March 6 - April 30 @ Pflugerville Community Library
May is Get Caught Reading Month and we are asking YOU to send us a picture of you “caught” reading in various locations across Pflugerville! Be creative and your photo could end up hanging in the Library! By sending or giving your photo to the City of Pflugerville, you and all persons within the picture give consent to the City to use the photo in various library promotions to include but not limited to facebook/social media/ dipity/flickr/twitter, for on display in the Library, and in promotions of the Pflugerville Community Library (media, newspaper and library brochures). Send an electronic jpg picture to Amanda Cawthon at email@example.com or drop off a photo at the front desk. Include the name of the persons in the photo and a phone /contact information. Deadline for submission is April 30th.
Pfifty Plus Club: Stay in Shape
March 13, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Pflugerville Community Library
24-Hour Fitness trainers Sue Mellon and Michelle Reyes will teach you how to stay healthy and fit as you grow older. Learn important information about bone density, arthritis, flexibility, and nutrition.
Mystery Book Club
March 15, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Pflugerville Community Library
Do you love reading mysteries? Join us at the library as we choose a name for our new book club and pick our first book. Bring dinner with you and enjoy talking to other mystery lovers.
Sit n’ Knit
March 15, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Pflugerville Community Library
Sit n’ Knit is an informal gathering of knitting enthusiasts at all levels. Everyone is welcome!
Free Tax Help!
March 16, 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM @ Pflugerville Community Library
The AARP is available every Friday beginning February 3rd until April 13th from 10:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
March 17, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Pflugerville Community Library
We are the Arthur Storer Toastmasters! Pflugerville’s premier Toastmasters Club! Want to have a good time meeting new people, communicating more effectively and developing leadership skills in a safe and encouraging setting? Then this is the place for you!
Hello Pf Readers!
Sorry, I’m late again!
The next Pflugerville Reads One Book is being planned but it hasn’t fully baked yet. We will let you know when it is ready.
Not too many of you lurkers seemed interested in continuing the blog as a book club. There were only three responses to the poll but 600 plus views!
So… I am running a NEW poll.
Online Book Club vs. “What’s New” blog?
You’ve enjoyed the book club last month so here is a sample of What’s New.
|12-Mar-12||Adult Craft Night||6:30 – 8PM||Card Making|
|12-Mar-12||Computer Class||6:30 PM||Intro to Word|
|12-Mar-12||Lapsit||10:30 AM Mondays||The Farm|
|13-Mar-12||Pfifty Plus Club||2:00 PM – 3:00 PM||Informative Seminar from 24 hour Fitness for the over 50s|
|15-Mar-12||Mystery Book Club||6PM – 7PM||Club launch|
|15-Mar-12||Sit n Knit||7:00 PM||Meets the Third Wednesday of the month in the main library|
Carry the One
by Carol Anshaw
Carry the One begins in the hours following Carmen’s wedding reception, when a car filled with stoned, drunk, and sleepy guests accidentally hits and kills a girl on a dark country road. For the next twenty-five years, those involved, including Carmen and her brother and sister, craft their lives in response to this single tragic moment. — From catalog record. Call number: AF ANSH
Downfall: An Intervention Novel
by Terri Blackstock
Emily Covington has turned her life around after a drug addiction. After her behavior while addicted, Emily knows she has a lot to prove. When an attempt is made on her life and Emily learns the wife of one of her friends was murdered she knows things are deadly serious. But who wants Emily dead? And why? Emily frantically works to solve this puzzle but finds herself playing right into the killer’s hands. — From catalog record. Call number AF BLAC.
by Catherine Chung
On the night Janie’s sister Hannah is born, her grandmother tells her a story about how their family has lost a daughter in every generation since the Japanese occupation of Korea. Because of this, Janie is charged with keeping Hannah safe. As Janie grows up she hears more stories, while facts remain unspoken. Years later, when Hannah inexplicably cuts all ties and disappears, Janie embarks on a mission to find her sister and finally uncover the truth behind her family’s silence. — From catalog record. Call number AF CHUN.
Beautiful souls: saying no, breaking ranks, and heeding the voice of conscience in dark times
“Beautiful Souls” explores the flipside of the banality of evil, mapping out what impels ordinary people to defy the sway of authority and convention. — From catalog record. Call number 179 PRES 2012.
The magic room: a story about the love we wish for our daughters
by Jeffrey Zaslow
Traces the cultural process through which American women become married as reflected by the experiences of patrons at a family-owned bridal shop in Michigan, offering insight into how the rite of passage reflects national views on marriage. — From catalog record. Call number 306.874 ZASL 2012.
Panther baby: a life of rebellion and reinvention
by Jamal Joseph
In the 1960s he exhorted Columbia students to burn the university to the ground. Today he’s chair of their film division. Jamal Joseph’s personal odyssey–from the streets of Harlem to Leavenworth to the halls of Columbia–is as gripping as it is inspiring. –From publisher description. Call number 974.7 JOSE 2012
Centre National du Cinéma et de L’image Animée
A re-imagined account of the early life of Maria Anna ‘Nannerl’ Mozart, five years older than Wolfgang and a musical prodigy in her own right. Originally the featured performer, Nannerl has given way to Wolfgang as the main attraction, as their strict but loving father Leopold tours his talented offspring in front of the royal courts of pre-French revolution Europe. — From catalog record. Call number DVD MOZA.
Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment
Wall Street titan Arthur Shaw is under house arrest after being caught stealing two billion from his investors. The hardest hit among those he defrauded? The tower staffers whose pensions he was entrusted to manage.
HOW TO RENEW YOUR ITEMS ONLINE
1. Visit the Library Catalog online https://pflugerville.biblionix.com/atoz/catalog/
2. In the upper right hand corner click on Log in to library account
3. Enter your card number (on back of card)
4. Your password is your last name.
5. Check the Renew box for the item(s) you wish to renew. If the item(s) renewed, the new due date will appear in the Due Date column. If the item is unable to be renewed, the due date will not change.
Note: An item will not renew if any of the following situations exist:
* Another patron has requested the item you want to renew.
* There are unpaid fines over the fine limit listed on your account.
* You have already renewed this item twice.
Call the Library at 251-9185 for additional assistance.
Here is the NEW poll!
|16-Mar-12||AARP Tax Help||10:30 AM – 4:00 PM||Every Friday until April 13th.|
|17-Mar-12||Toastmasters||10:00 AM||Meets the 1st, 3rd and 5th (when applicable) Saturdays|