Let’s Talk About It

At the Idaho Falls Public Library

In 2017 the Idaho Falls Public Library will host a new round of Let’s Talk About It discussion groups.

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About the Discussions

“Since 1985, Let’s Talk About It has been bringing adult reading discussion groups together with humanities scholars in Idaho’s public libraries to discuss fine literature. These book readings and discussions explore American values, history, culture, aging, classics, and much more. The presentation by and interaction with a program scholar is what sets these discussion apart from traditional book clubs and discussions.” – ICfL

Humor and Satire

Our theme this year is Humor and Satire.

“Lasting works of humor shed light on the human condition and cause us to see old subjects in new ways. When conventions and rules become so familiar as to seem natural and inevitable, a humorist reminds us that the rules can crumble and be remade. Erma Bombeck explodes the myth of the happy housewife. Charles Dickens finds human sympathy in a tight-fisted money lender. Brady Udall reveals the anxieties and aspirations of adults and children in a polygamous home. The books in this category cause us to pause in our laughter and think again about something we thought we understood: marriage and family life, race, war, the afterlife, and even the Holocaust! Books are drawn from the last two centuries and from the present, showing how the best laughter transcends its moment and forges communities of understanding across continents, generations, and cultures.” – Tara Penry, Associate Professor of English, Boise State University.

2017 Schedule

January 19 with Steven Hall
Food: A Love Story, Jim Gaffigan

February 2 with Steven Hall
Forever Erma, by Erma Bombeck

February 16 with Carlen Donovan
Puddn’head Wilson, by Mark Twain

March 2 with Carlen Donovan
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian,
by Sherman Alexie

March 16 with Kim Madsen
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

You can pick up books as early as December 5, 2016.

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