Intergenerational Book Club

2014 Selections

Please join us every month on the third Tuesday or whenever a title, a writer, or a genre interests you. The book club is open to all: male or female; young or young-at-heart; local resident, mid-coast neighbor, or visitor from anywhere. Meetings are held at the library at 2:30 PM. Readers are responsible for buying or borrowing their own books.

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  • Previous IGBC & Bookwomen Unite! Books
  • May's Selection:
    The Passion of Artemisia, the 20th at 2:30 PM

    In this stunning novel, Susan Vreeland tells the story of a painter who transformed Renaissance Italy with the beauty of her work. The Passion of Artemisia chronicles the extraordinary life of Artemisia Gentileschi, the first woman to make a significant contribution to art history. At age eighteen, Artemisia Gentileschi finds herself humiliated in papal court for publicly accusing the man who raped her —Agostino Tassi, her painting teacher. When even her father does not stand up for her, she knows she cannot stay in Rome and begs to have a marriage arranged for her.

    Her new husband, an artist named Pietro Stiatessi, takes her to his native Florence, where her talent for painting blossoms and she becomes the first woman elected to the Accademia dell'Arte. But marriage clashes with Artemisia's newfound fame as a painter, and she begins a lifelong search to reconcile painting and motherhood, passion and genius.

    Set against the glorious backdrops of Rome, Florence, and Genoa, peopled with historical characters such as Cosimo de'Medici and Galileo, and filled with details of the life of a Renaissance painter, The Passion of Artemisia is the story of Gentileschi's struggle to find love, forgiveness, and wholeness through her art. At once a dramatic tale of love and a moving father-daughter story, it is the portrait of an astonishing woman that will captivate lovers of Gentileschi's paintings and anyone interested in the life of a woman who ignored the conventions of her day and dared to follow her heart.

    Mystery Book Club

    2014 Selections (through September)

    The Mystery Book Club meets at 7:00 p.m at varying locations. At each meeting we will discuss one of the following authors, not one specific book, so please select one or more titles by that month's author to read prior to the meeting. For more information or for any meeting's location, please contact Nancy Carter at 354-0410 or nmcarter34@gmail.com.