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Freethought Book Club
The next book club meeting will be Sunday, October 21 at 1:30 to 3:00 PM in the room next to the reference desk. Our discussion book will be In the Beauty of the Lillies: A Novel by John Updike. 576 pages. The system has 6 available copies. Remember to RSVP because if I don't get at least 3 people I will cancel. Refreshments are not provided so bring something to eat or drink for yourself if you want. Hope to see you there. Book description: In the Beauty of the Lilies begins in 1910 and traces God’s relation to four generations of American seekers, beginning with Clarence Wilmot, a clergyman in Paterson, New Jersey. He loses his faith but finds solace at the movies, respite from “the bleak facts of life, his life, gutted by God’s withdrawal.” His son, Teddy, becomes a mailman who retreats from American exceptionalism, religious and otherwise, into a life of studied ordinariness. Teddy has a daughter, Esther, who becomes a movie star, an object of worship, an All-American goddess. Her neglected son, Clark, is possessed of a native Christian fervor that brings the story full circle: in the late 1980s he joins a Colorado sect called the Temple, a handful of “God’s elect” hastening the day of reckoning. In following the Wilmots’ collective search for transcendence, John Updike pulls one wandering thread from the tapestry of the American Century and writes perhaps the greatest of his later novels.

Melbourne Public Library

540 E Fee Ave · Melbourne, FL

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Space Coast Freethought Association (SCFA) is a nonprofit community of reason-based individuals organized to facilitate social interaction, promote the non-theistic, rationalist viewpoint as a valid contribution to public discourse, reinforce the First Amendment guarantee of separation between government and religion through education and activism, and work in coalition with like-minded organizations where joint action is needed to achieve these goals.

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