Bean There, Read That: The Great Gatsby

As part of The Big Read 2013, “Bean There, Read That” will discuss The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This is one of my absolute favorite books and I remember reading it in high school and just hating it. It is probably because I skimmed it to make room for other homework and maintaining some kind of social life, but I decided to pick it up again a couple years ago on a whim. My grandma mailed a box of books to me, and this was included.

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s. The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.Description from book jacket. Published in 1925; 180 pages.

If you are interested in reading this, you can nab a copy at the Reference Desk, first-come, first served. I will also bring copies of March’s book, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin to PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. Cafe on Tuesday January 26, 2012 7-8:30PM. As always, plan to bring cash for drinks and food as young professionals in their 20s/30s gather to discuss this year’s Big Read 2013 book, The Great Gatsby. A great time is to be had!

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Erin Seeger

I am the Lawn & Garden and Cooking Neighborhood Librarian who also leads the "Bean There, Read That" book discussion for folks in their 20s and 30s, facilitates the "Master Gardener" series, and the "Cooking by the Book" series at Garfield Community Center.