Category Archives: Book discussion
Keep your eyes on the blog – we have some great titles picked out for our Reading Music series, this summer and beyond!
In July, the Main Library Book Discussion will be reading “The Book of Woe: The Making of the DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry” by Gary Greenberg. Come talk about it July 17! Need to put a copy on hold? Click here.
A little more than 50 years ago this month, four members of the Clutter family were shot and killed in their Kansas farmhouse. Truman Capote’s book, In Cold Blood, chronicles the crime and its aftermath, including the criminal investigation, trial and later hanging of the men responsible. In Cold Blood is considered a classic of the true crime genre and one of the first examples of narrative nonfiction so popular today.
August tells Jacob, “The whole thing’s illusion, Jacob, and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s what people want from us. It’s what they expect.”
Is it true, that there’s nothing wrong with that? Is illusion really what people want and expect from a circus? As the novel progresses, what role does illusion play, both in and out of the circus? What about illusion and the reader?
In the scene where Jacob sits on the grass with the rifle and August comes to talk with him about what he’s just done, Jacob makes the point that technically, he isn’t a veterinarian, to which August replies, “It’s just a piece of paper, and nobody here gives a damn about that. You’re on a show now. The rules are different.”
Are the rules on a show really different? How? Why? In what ways are they exactly the same?