Between the Lines Book Club: American Books About Class

between the lines book club logoThis month we are reading White Trash by Nancy Isenberg. Our monthly meeting will be at Arden Dimick, at 10:30 AM, on Saturday Feburary 24, 2018.

One of the books Isenberg mentions is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, which combines conversations about race with conversations about class. Here are some other books about class in America:

The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck

Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, by James Agee

Deer Hunting With Jesus, by Joe Bageant

Poor White, Sherwood Anderson





True Facts About The Cuttlefish

photo of a tan colored cuttlefish

I’ve been frantically working on an essay in hopes of having good news to post soon. In service to this essay, I’ve been learning about cephalopods –  octopuses, cuttlefish, squis, and nautilises.

Here, for you edification, is a helpful video called “True Facts About the Cuttlefish.” It was made by zefrank1. Thank you, zefrank1, this was indeed edifying!


And here’s one I’ve posted before, but can’t resist posting again:

Between the Lines Book Club: Interviews with Nancy Isenberg

between the lines book club logoThis month we are reading White Trash: The 400 Year Untold Story of Class in America. Nancy Isenberg is an author and a history professor at Louisiana State University. Here’s an interview with her from Salon.

Prefer radio? You can hear an interview with Isenberg at WNYC on the Leonard Lopez Show.

Finally, If you are up for a long video, this is a video of Isenberg at Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, in conversation with Frank Rich, Writer-at-Large for New York Magazine, and Bill Goldstein, Public Programming Curator for Roosevelt House:



Meet Me At The Library!

Frankenstein's monetser, by Stephanie TaylorFebruary sees me giving talks at several library branches. I would love to see friends and blog readers! Here’s my schedule”



Tuesday, 2/6/18, Folsom Library

Persuasion Book Club Chat

6:30PM – 7:30PM



Saturday, 2/10/18, Arden Dimick Library

Romance, Then and Now

10:30 – 11:30AM

Carrie Sessarego, blogger, will talk about the history of romance as a genre, from the medieval era in which “romances” were adventure stories, to today when romance novels are a billion dollar industry. We’ll talk about how romance changed from the 1970’s to today and how different social movements affect the genre. Finally, we’ll discuss the many subgenres that exist, including contemporary, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and historical! Handouts will include a list of book recommendations from Jane Austen to current authors.




Saturday, 2/10/18, Robbie Waters Pocket Greenhaven Library

Frankenstein: The 200th Anniversary

2PM – 3:30PM

In 1818, Mary Shelley crafted one of history’s greatest literacy achievements. Two hundred years later, local artist Stephanie Taylor has created a new interpretation of Shelley’s Frankenstein, bringing her own vision to the story. Taylor’s illustrations have been published within the original work in a limited edition run from the I Street Press. She and Carrie Sessarego will discuss the lasting impact of the book, the process of illustrating the novel, and the public perception of this iconic story it.
A 15-minute Q & A will follow each hour-long discussion. 

Frankenstein's monetser, by Stephanie Taylor

Thursday, 2/15/18, Folsom Library

Persuasion Book Club Chat

1:30 – 2:30


Saturday, 2/24/18, Arden Dimick Library

Frankenstein: The 200th Anniversary

3PM – 4PM





Between the Lines Book Club: White Trash, by Nancy Isenberg

between the lines book club logoOur February Book Club pick is White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America. We will be meeting to discuss this book at Arden Dimick Library on February 24, 2018 at 10:30 AM.

In White Trash, Isenberg explores the history of class in America from colonial times through the present. she looks at class from a historical lens but also examines it in popular culture, in works such as Deliverance, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Duck Dynasty. Topics explored include eugenics, past and current politics, and the intersections of class and race.

Join us on Feb 24 for what is sure to be a spirited (BUT POLITE) discussion!