Let’s Talk About It List

Book Series

A South Carolina Sampler: Celebrating the SC Academy of Authors Inductees of 2012
Read some of South Carolina’s finest writers of both fiction and nonfiction that were honored by the SC Academy of Authors in 2012.

The Sea is So Wide And My Boat is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation by Marian Wright Edelman
The Girl Hunters, The Snake, The Twisted Thing by Mickey Spillane
The River Home: A Return to the Carolina Lowcountry
by Franklin Burroughs
Down by the Riverside by Charles Joyner
(accommodates 50)
**Donated by Chapin Memorial Library in Myrtle Beach

All That Jazz
Learn about the Jazz Age through the eyes of three American masters whose work helped immortalize the triumphs and tensions of the era.
Jazz by Toni Morrison
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Dreamkeeper and Other Poems by Langston Hughes
(accommodates 30)
**Donated by Chapin Memorial Library in Myrtle Beach

And Still I Rise: The Triumph of the African-American Spirit
Using a variety of viewpoints and settings, authors investigate the hardships of the African-American experience and how, through friendship, family, love, and tradition, African Americans persevere in spite of it all.
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
Brown Girl, Brownstones, by Paule Marshall
A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest Gaines
Mama Day, by Gloria Naylor
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
(accommodates 20)

Banned Books
Books are banned and censored for a variety of reasons—from religious to political to social. Celebrate your freedom to read by enjoying five frequently challenged and banned books from a variety of authors and time periods. Whether banned for being “sexually explicit” or for “occult themes,” these books all offer a wide scope for discussion and for enjoyment.
Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D. H. Lawrence
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo A. Anaya
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling
(accommodates 40)

Carolina On My Mind
Featuring native sons and daughters of the Palmetto State, this series combines fiction and non-fiction works to create a well-rounded look at a complex people.
Partisans and Redcoats by Walter Edgar
Demark Vesey by David Robertson
The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy
The Keeper of the House by Rebecca Godwin
Edisto by Padgett Powell
(accommodates 30)
**Donated by Chapin Memorial Library in Myrtle Beach

Changing Places: Reflections on the Natural World
Prepare to be captivated by this survey of American Nature Writing in the 20th Century, which encompasses perspectives from a junkyard to a greenhouse and from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Wisconsin.
A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold
The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World, Michael Pollan
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, Janisse Ray
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard
(accommodates 30)

Classic Southern Humor
Sometimes boisterous, sometimes grotesque, these works of Southern humor reveal insights into the Southern way of life both past and present…and are side-splittingly funny as well!
A Collection of Classic Southern Humor II, edited by George W. Koon
Georgia Scenes, by Augusta Longstreet
The Ponder Heart, by Eudora Welty
The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby, by Tom Wolfe
The Hamlet, by William Faulkner
(accommodates 15)

Destruction or Redemption: Images of Romantic Love
Ah, love. Who can explain this puzzling but universal feature of the human condition? These books may not explain love, but they certainly present timeless descriptions of it.
Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
The French Lieutenant’s Woman, by John Fowles
The End of the Affair, by Grahame Greene
Morgan’s Passing, by Anne Tyler
A Mother and Two Daughters, by Gail Godwin
(accommodates 50)

I Love a Mystery
This collection of classic mysteries will be sure to tantalize. From hard-boiled detectives to secretaries-turned-sleuths, the protagonists of these novels may come from different backgrounds, but they all have the same purpose: to find out “who dunnit”!
I the Jury, by Mickey Spillane
Bertie and the Tinman, by Peter Lovesay
Murder at Markham, by Patricia Sprinkle
Talking God, by Tony Hillerman
Rumpole of the Bailey, by John Mortimer
Rumpole’s Last Case, by John Mortimer
(accommodates 20)

Isabella’s Sisters: Women Creating Worlds
In these fascinating memoirs and biographies, women create worlds, both real and fictional. Each book is a detailed portrait of a strong, influential woman, a woman capable of changing the course of history, art, culture, or politics.
Isabella of Castille: The First Renaissance Queen, by Nancy Rubin
Lost in Translation, by Eva Hoffman
Lakota Woman, by Mary Crow Dog
Jazz Cleopatra:Josephine Baker in Her Time, by Phyllis Rose
Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo, by Hayden Herrera
(accommodates 55)

It’s a Mad, Mad World: Visions of the Way We Are…Maybe
These unconventional novels make us question the world and the way we understand it. Does history really have a pattern? Could we be crazy and not realize it? Can we ever understand the motivations of the human spirit?
City Of Glass, by Paul Auster
A History of the World in 10 ½ Chapters, by Julian Barnes
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers
The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
Love in the Ruins, by Walker Percy
(accommodates 16)

Jewish Literature: Between Two Worlds, Stories of Estrangement and Redemption
In these novels, Jewish characters struggle with their religion, their families, and their place in unwelcoming cultures. Can they find peace, or are they doomed to an uncomfortable limbo?
Mr. Sammler’s Planet, by Saul Bellow
Lost in Translation, by Eva Hoffman
The Centaur in the Garden, by Moacyr Scliar
Out of Egypt: A Memoir, by Andre Aciman
Kaaterskill Falls, by Allegra Goodman
(accommodates 30)

The Journey Inward: Women’s Autobiography
Five women share the secrets of their lives and art in these beautifully-written, daringly-intimate autobiographies. From Isadora Duncan’s creation of modern dance to Beryl Markham’s aerial career, these memoirs will teach, inspire, and universally delight.
One Writer’s Beginnings, by Eudora Welty
Letters of a Woman Homesteader, by Elinore Pruitt Stewart
Dust Tracks on a Road, by Zora Neale Hurston
My Life, by Isadora Duncan
West With the Night, by Beryl Markham
(accommodates 50)

Key Ingredients: Food in Fiction
Food is important. We all know we can’t live without it! Food also evokes powerful emotional responses: from the happy memory of a favorite shared meal to the horror and anxiety invoked by lean times and hunger. Each of the five fiction works in this series offer images and discussions of food—its production, consumption, or accompanying traditions. What does food mean to people in different cultures at different times? Grab a snack, find a comfortable armchair, and find out!
Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel
Ceremony, by Leslie Marmon Silko
Dubliners, by James Joyce
The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, by Fannie Flagg
(accommodates 30)

Love and Forgiveness in the Presence of the Enemy
Explore themes of love and forgiveness in everyday life through classic and contemporary literature.
Scenes from The Illiad, by Homer
Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
Embers, by Sandor Marai
The Guardians, by Ana Castillo
Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett
(accommodates 18)
**Donated by Pickens County Public Library

Making a Living, Making A Life: Work and its Reward in a Changing America
This series offers an examination of work-related issues: women in the work force, a changing workplace, employment as identity, the puritan work ethic and, of course, the American Dream.
Growing Up, by Russell Baker
Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller
The Professor’s House, by Willa Cather
Working, by Studs Terkel
Confessions of an Advertising Man, by David Ogilvy
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich
(accommodates 35)

Making Sense of the Civil War
This new series is designed as a succession of five conversations exploring different facets of the Civil War experience, informed by reading the words written or spoken by powerful voices from the past and present.
March, by Geraldine Brooks
Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam, by James McPherson
America’s War, a new anthology of historical fiction, diaries, memoirs, and short stories, edited by Edward L. Ayers
(accommodates 50)

Masters of the Mother Tongue
Prepare to be awed by the skill with which these award-winning and often anthologized authors from across the world wield their pens.
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee
The Woman Who Walked Into Doors by Roddy Doyle
(accommodates 45)
**Donated by Chapin Memorial Library in Myrtle Beach

Modern American Poetry (can be matched with the Modern American Poets video series)
Modern American Poets: Voices and Visions offers significant sections on 13 great American poets, who can be matched with the video series to create a fascinating poetry blitz!
Modern American Poets: Voices and Visions (includes the following sections):
Walt Whitman
Emily Dickinson
Robert Frost
Wallace Stevens
William Carlos Williams
Ezra Pound
Marianne Moore
T.S. Eliot
Hart Crane
Langston Hughes
Elizabeth Bishop
Robert Lowell
Sylvia Plath
(accommodates 50)

Muslim Journeys: Points of View
The drama of conflict, chaos, and war come to Western readers in daily newspaper stories, but the news gives us scant details about how people live their lives in Islamabad, Fez, Cairo, or Tehran. Through the titles in “Points of View,” readers will encounter individual experiences in Muslim-majority societies through memoirs and novels representing a diverse geography and some of the best contemporary storytelling.
In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
House of Stone by Anthony Shadid
Broken Verses by Kamila Shamsie
Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi
(Accommodates 40)

No Suitcase Needed: Books With A Strong Sense of Place
In each of these five critically acclaimed books, the setting is as vivid as a character. Travel from Paris to Nigeria, from the American West to the slums of Ireland, and finally to rural Alabama…all from the comfort of your armchair!
A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway (Paris)
Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe (Nigeria)
Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner (American West)
Angela’s Ashes, by Frank McCourt (Ireland)
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (Alabama)
(accommodates 25)

Not for Children Only
Gain an adult perspective on classic childhood favorites. There’s more to discuss in these books than you may remember!
The Classic Fairy Tales, by Iona Opie and Peter Opie
Tatterhood and Other Tales , by Ethel Johnston Phelps
Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White
Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry, by Mildred Taylor
I am the Cheese, by Robert Cormier
(accommodates 50)

Rebirth of a Nation: Nationalism and the Civil War
How did America first begin to define itself and develop into a cohesive nation state? This historical series uses a variety of genres to paint a detailed picture of post-Civil War America.
Two Roads to Sumter, by William and Bruce Catton
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Ordeal by Fire, Volume II: The Civil War, by James M. McPherson
Reconstruction: After the Civil War, by John Hope Franklin
The Private Mary Chestnut: The Unpublished Civil War Diaries, edited by C. Vann Woodward
(accommodates 57)

Remember Everything: The Importance of Heritage in South Carolina Literature
History and memory dominate these South Carolina works, highlighting the importance of heritage in the South.
Rich In Love, by Josephine Humphreys
Down by the Riverside, by Charles Joyner
Secret and Sacred, edited by Carol Blesser
The Great Santini, by Pat Conroy
Red Hills and Cotton, by Ben Robertson
(accommodates 70)

South Carolina Literary Map: Women of Carolina
This series features five of the Palmetto State’s most famous female writers, from South Carolina’s only Pulitzer Prize winner in fiction Julia Peterkin to national bestseller Sue Monk Kidd. Written about South Carolina women and by South Carolina women, these books and poems will illuminate the experience of women in our state. This series is based on the South Carolina Literary Map, created by the Palmetto Book Alliance.
Scarlet Sister Mary, by Julia Peterkin
The World Is Round, by Nikky Finney
The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd
Bastard Out of Carolina, by Dorothy Allison
Clover, by Dori Sanders
(accommodates 30)

Sovereign Worlds
Manifesto, history, and fiction collide in this series to present a multi-layered view of the condition of Native Americans. Eye-opening and thought-provoking, this series will teach you more about Native Americans than you ever learned in school.
Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto, by Vine Deloria
Love Medicine, by Louise Erdrich
After Columbus, The Smithsonian Chronicle of the North American Indians, by Herman J. Viola
Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World, by Jack Weatherford
The Indian Lawyer, by James Welch
(accommodates 30)

Tell About the South
Drawing from Southern literature at its finest, this series will indoctrinate you into the rhythms and ways of the South.
Wise Blood, by Flannery O’Conner
All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren
Golden Apples, by Eudora Welty
Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier
Slaves in the Family, by Edward Ball
(accommodates 25)

They Went West
(Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition)
Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose
Where the Broken Heart Still Beats by Carolyn Meyer
Nothing To Do But Stay by Carrie Young
(accommodates 30)
**Donated by Chapin Memorial Library in Myrtle Beach

Unsuitable Job For a Woman
Women detectives, young and old, brave murder and mayhem to solve crimes in this light and entertaining series.
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, by P.D. James
The Body in the Library, by Agatha Christie
Copy Kat, by Karen Kijewski
Madness in Maggody, by Joan Hess
The J. Alfred Prufrock Murders, by Corinne Holt Sawyer
(accommodates 45)

War in the Twentieth Century
From the Spanish Civil War to the World Wars to Vietnam, this series presents detailed and compelling views of the major wars of the 20th Century.
For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemmingway
Going After Cacciato, by Tim O’Brien
Empire of the Sun, by J.G. Ballard
The Guns of August, by Barbara W. Tuchman
Anne Frank Remembered, by Miep Gies
(accommodates 35)

What America Reads: Myth Making in Popular Fiction
In this series of larger-than life novels, discover what best-sellers of the past reveal about our national psyche.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Shane, by Frank Schaeffer
From Here to Eternity, by James Jones
A Tan and Sandy Silence, by John D. MacDonald
(accommodates 50)

Words Written & Sung: Translating Literature into Music
Read the literary inspiration behind your favorite operas and rediscover classic literature through this delightful, sometimes whimsical, series.
The Apocrypha, translated by Edgar J. Goodspeed
The Complete Fairytales of the Brothers Grimm VI, edited by Jack Zipes
Carmen and Other Stories, by Prosper Merimee
The Queen of Spades and Other Stories, by Aleksander Pushkin
Macbeth, by William Shakespeare
(accommodates 18)


Mixed Media Series

The Jazz Age: Charleston and Beyond
A survey of jazz culture through both time and place, this series mixes incisive fiction with sweeping film.
Round Midnight (1986 film starring Dexter Gordon)
The Benny Goodman Story (1955 film starring Donna Reed)
Coming Through the Slaughter, by Michael Ondaatje
Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn, by David Hadju
Sonny’s Blues, by James Baldwin (short story)
(accommodates 40)

How We Got To Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
Using Steven Johnson’s bestselling book and the accompanying PBS documentary, this series explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences.

How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson
How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson – PBS documentary (360 minutes)

Six Suggested sessions, pairing the book section with the appropriate PBS series episode:
“Clean”
“Time”
“Glass”
“Light”
“Cold”
“Sound”
(Accommodates 50)

Memories: Recreated Versions of the Past
The tricky, unstable quality of memory is poignantly captured in the works of this series, showing that what we remember may or may not accurately represent reality.
The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams
Lemon Swamp and Other Places: A Carolina Memoir, by Mamie Garvin Fields and Karen Fields
The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro
Memory and Imagination, by Patricia Hampl (essay)
The Glass Menagerie (1987 film starring Joanne Woodward)
(accommodates 42)

The Play’s the Thing
Compare three classic plays to their film adaptations.
A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen
A Doll’s House (1992 film starring Juliet Stevenson)
Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
Hamlet (1948 film starring Laurence Olivier)
The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde
The Importance of Being Earnest (1952 film starring Michael Denison)
(accommodates 38)

Reflections of the Old West
These classic Westerns, in both their literary and film varieties, capture the spirit of the American frontier and will capture anybody’s imagination.
The Ox-Bow Incident, by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943 film starring Henry Fonda)
The Virginian, by Owen Wister
The Virginian (1946 film staring Joel McCrea)
True Grit, by Charles Portis
True Grit (1969 film starring John Wayne)
(accommodates 37)

Stiff Upper Lips
The female protagonists of these classic works endure hardships with patience and resolve and manage to live their lives with deep personal integrity.
Washington Square, by Henry James
Washington Square (1997 film starring Jennifer Jason Leigh)
Daisy Miller, by Henry James
Daisy Miller (1974 film starring Cybill Shepherd)
The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton
The Age of Innocence (1993 film starring Daniel Day-Lewis)
(accommodates 35)

Stiff Upper Lips 2 – Masterpiece Theatre
Follow the protagonists of Collins, Austen and Du Maurier from the page to the screen as they navigate challenging landscapes of romance and social hierarchy in their respective worlds.
Rebecca, by Daphne DuMaurier
Rebecca (1997 Masterpiece Theatre Film with Faye Dunaway)
Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
Mansfield Park (2007 Masterpiece Theatre Film with Billie Piper)
The Woman In White, by Wilkie Collins
The Woman In White (1997 Masterpiece Theatre Film with Justine Waddell)
(accommodates 34)

Tragic Affairs Abroad
This mixed-media series pairs books and films about the timeless intersection of romance and tragedy.
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
The Painted Veil
(2006 film version)
A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
A Passage to India (1984 film version)
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005 film version)
Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
Girl with the Pearl Earring (2003 film version)
The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
The End of the Affair (1955 film version)
(Accommodates 25)


Film Series

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle
Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities that uses the power of documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. NEH partnered with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to produce this series. The series contains four films.
The Abolitionists (2012)
Slavery by Another Name (2012)
The Loving Story (2011)
Freedom Ride
(2010)

Presidents, Politics, and Power: American Presidents Who Shaped the 20th Century A film survey of American presidents.
Theodore Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Harry Truman
Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard Nixon
Ronald Reagan