Contemporary Book Club Dec. 2023 Meeting: "Christmas Bells" by Jennifer Chiaverini
Mon Dec 18 2023 at 03:00 pm to 04:30 pm
Hagaman Memorial Library | East Haven, CT
AdvertisementHagaman's Contemporary Book Club will again meet on Monday, December 18th at 3:00pm to discuss their Holly Jolly Hagaman Holiday selection, "Christmas Bells" by Jennifer Chiaverini. To join the discussion, and to have a copy of the book set aside for you to check out, please contact Cynthia, Community Services Librarian and group facilitator, directly at either 203-468-3891 or [email protected].
In 1860, the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow family celebrated Christmas at Craigie House, their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The publication of Longfellow’s classic Revolutionary War poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” was less than a month hence, and the country’s grave political unrest weighed heavily on his mind. Yet with his beloved wife, Fanny, and their five adored children at his side, the delights of the season prevailed.
In present-day Boston, a dedicated teacher in the Watertown public school system is stunned by somber holiday tidings. Sophia’s music program has been sacrificed to budget cuts, and she worries not only about her impending unemployment but also about the consequences to her underprivileged students. At the church where she volunteers as music director, Sophia tries to forget her cares as she leads the children’s choir in rehearsal for a Christmas Eve concert. Inspired to honor a local artist, Sophia has chosen a carol set to a poem by Longfellow, moved by the glorious words he penned one Christmas Day long ago, even as he suffered great loss.
Where is it happening?Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main St,East Haven,CT,United States
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