The October Brown Bag Book is Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

The October BBB book is Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler (fiction). It is ostensibly a modern take on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, but is much more. “Novels such as … (this) … are like photographs or digital clock faces that tell us where we are and where we are coming from at the same time … (this book) is an earthy reflection of this fleeting moment, both lively and thoughtful.” (Jane Smiley, NYT Book Review). “[A] screwball comedy of manners that actually channels Jane Austen more than Shakespeare. It’s clear that [Tyler] had fun with Vinegar Girl. … A fizzy cocktail of a romantic comedy, far more sweet than acidic, about finding a mate who appreciates you for your idiosyncratic, principled self — no taming necessary.” (NPR) “[An] ingenious resetting… with considerably more humor and gentleness than in the Bard’s version.” (Washington Post). “An effective retelling, while nodding to the original text, stands on its own.” (Boston Globe) Please join us at noon on September 5 in the Fireside Room to discuss this delightful book.

The November book will be From Under Russian Snow (non fiction).

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