The Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library
Meets via Zoom most Tuesdays of the month
at 11:00 a.m.
If you have any questions, please email Yuliya.Hadzhieva@fultoncountyga.gov or call (404)547-7342
(See Further Information and The Schedule Below)
UPCOMING - November 10, 2020
by Sally Field
In this intimate, haunting literary memoir, an American icon tells
her story for the first time, and in her own gorgeous words, about a
challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and
a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother.
One of the most celebrated, beloved, and enduring actors of our time,
Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated the nation for more
than five decades, beginning with her first TV role at the age of seventeen.
From Gidget's sweet-faced "girl next door" to the dazzling complexity
of Sybil to the Academy Award-worthy ferocity and depth of Norma Rae and Mary
Todd Lincoln, Field has stunned audiences time and again with her artistic
range and emotional acuity. Yet, one character always remained hidden – the shy
and anxious little girl within.
Throughout most of her life,
Field sought acceptance and fought feelings that she wouldn’t be loved if she
wasn’t good enough – and she struggled to define what “good enough” was and how
to get there. She found one kind of “good enough” with acting and with the
capacity to lose herself in a character, or rather, to develop a character to
inhabit. After beginning her career in lightweight television sitcoms, Field
grew more serious about understanding and developing her craft, and spent years
in various actor’s studio groups. She
eventually broke away from the bubbly ingénue image with dramatic blockbusters
like Sybil and Norma Rae.
Along the way, she acquired and shed several husbands, gave birth to
three children whom she raised mostly
alone with the help of her mother, and struggled always to come to terms with a
childhood trauma that would haunt her throughout her adult life. Field’s relationship with Burt Reynolds
toward the end of the book was especially sad given the energy he sapped from
her. And, while she does discuss their
relationship, it is more as a journey of growth and self-discovery than it is
as a kiss-and-tell. Sally’s relationship
with her mother, the heart of her life’s torments, was ultimately cemented
peacefully when her mother was nearly on her death bed.
Field brings readers behind the
scenes for, not only the highs and lows of her star-studded early career in
Hollywood, but deep into the truth of her lifelong relationships – including
her complicated love for her own mother. Powerful and unforgettable, In Pieces is an inspiring and important
account of life as a woman in the second half of the twentieth century.
detail in the book is mind-boggling, but readers soon learn that she was a
meticulous journal writer. The book is raw when it needs to be but the writing
is always exquisite. After reading this
book, I have come to admire her work as an actor even more.”
The Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library
The Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library Book
Club always welcomes new members. Participants
can usually pick up each
month’s book at the Circulation Desk
starting one month prior to its discussion, unless the book is a bestseller.
All meetings are free and held from 11 a.m.
– 12:30 p.m. on the Tuesdays noted below.
We welcome new people any time during the
year, regardless of you having read the scheduled book or not.
If you have any questions, please email Yuliya.Hadzhieva@fultoncountyga.gov or call(404) 547-7342
new line-up of compelling and provocative books for you to discuss online!
Schedule, Meeting On Zoom, 2020-2021
(All dates are the first or second Tuesday of the month)
|September 1, 2020 ||Melanie ||Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
|October 6, 2020 ||Barbara Taylor ||The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
|November 10, 2020 ||Sheryl ||In Pieces by Sally Field
| December 1, 2020 ||Barbara Shapiro ||The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs
| January 5, 2021 ||Gerry ||Becoming by Michelle Obama
| February 2, 2021 ||Karen ||The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss and American
||Royalty in the Nation’s Largest Home by Denise Kiernan
|March 2, 2021 || Barbara Taylor ||The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall
| April 6, 2021 || Lurene ||Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
| May 4, 2021 ||Karen ||The Trial by Franz Kafka
||Bring suggested titles for the coming year.
| June 1, 2021
|| Choose and Schedule Suggested Titles for Coming Year.
|July 13, 2021
||Summer Readings Discussion
| August 3, 2021
||Summer Readings Discussion
| September 14, 2021
||Begin Next Year’s Readings
Join others who enjoy reading a good book to discuss the characters,
plot and topics of interest, even if you haven’t read the book!
Copies, if available, are kept at the East Roswell Branch
Under “NESO” on the Holds Shelf.
The Hamilton Affair
By Elizabeth Cobbs
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American
Revolution, and featuring a cast of iconic characters such as George
Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the Marquis de Lafayette, The Hamilton Affair tells the sweeping, tumultuous, true love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth
Schuyler, from tremulous beginning to bittersweet ending - his at a dueling
ground on the shores of the Hudson River, hers more than half a century later
after a brave, successful life.
Hamilton was a bastard son,
raised on the Caribbean island of St. Croix. He went to America to pursue his
education. Along the way, he became one of the American Revolution's most
dashing - and unlikely - heroes. Adored by Washington, hated by Jefferson,
Hamilton was a lightning rod: the most controversial leader of the American
Elizabeth Schuyler was the well-to-do daughter of one of New York's most exalted families -- feisty,
adventurous, and loyal to a fault. When she met Alexander, she fell head over
heels. She pursued him despite his illegitimacy and loved him despite his
infidelity. In 1816 (two centuries ago), she shamed Congress into supporting
his seven orphaned children. Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton started New York'sfirst orphanage. The only "founding mother" to truly embrace public
service, she raised 160 children in addition to her own.
With its flawless writing,
brilliantly drawn characters, and epic scope, The Hamilton Affair will take its place among the greatest
novels of American history.
historical fiction novel”
“Alexander Hamilton’s incredible
contributions to our American History are highlighted in this book. The fact
that he had an illicit affair is not the meat of the book, but more of a
sidelight. The story really highlights the way in which the citizens of that
era lived and the personalities of our founding fathers”
By Michele Obama
The Last Castle: The Epic
Story of Love, Loss and
American Royalty in the
Nation’s Largest Home
By Denise Kiernan
The Dearly Beloved
By Cara Wall
The New York
Times Book Review, Editor's Choice
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