The second meeting of the new Staff Picks book group will be on November 1 at 7pm in the Robbins Library Conference Room. We’ll be discussing Arcadia by Lauren Groff.
In the fields and forests of western New York State in the late 1960s, several dozen idealists set out to live off the land, founding what becomes a famous commune centered on the grounds of a decaying mansion called Arcadia House. Arcadia follows this lyrical, rollicking, tragic, and exquisite utopian dream from its hopeful start through its heyday and after. The story is told from the point of view of Bit, a fascinating character and the first child born in Arcadia.
The Washington Post has named it one of the best books of the year, and Library Journal calls it “Ambrosia for book clubs.” There should be a lot to discuss at our meeting!
It looks like the author will make an appearance in Massachusetts just days before we meet, so extra book group credit if you go see her and report back. Info on that event is here.
In the meantime, we’ve stocked up on copies of Arcadia, which you can pick up at the Robbins Library Circulation Desk.