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CONTEMPORARY BOOK: The Secret History by Donna Tartt

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  • BOOK INFORMATION

    Date:
    Wednesday, May 17, 2016
    Location: To be determined
    Title: The Secret History by Donna Tartt
    Genre: Fiction – General
    Year of Publication: 1992
    Approximate Page Count: 544 pages
    Summary: Donna Tartt, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for her most recent novel, The Goldfinch, established herself as a major talent with The SecretHistory, which has become a contemporary classic. Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality, their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.
    Suggested by: Pam N.

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    MEETING FORMAT 

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    1. Introduction of all attendees  
    2. Biographical information about the author (no more than 10 minutes) and facts of interest about the book (no more than 10 minutes), all presented by the first volunteer 
    3. Comments and thoughts on the book (approximately one hour), shared spontaneously or in response to discussion questions that the second volunteer writes or compiles 
    4. Final thoughts on the book from all attendees (no more than one minute per attendee)  

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