March 30, 2021

Brutal Early Reviews of 20 Classic 20th-Century Novels

In her review for the New York Evening World, critic Ruth Snyder said, “We are quite convinced after reading The Great Gatsby that Mr. Fitzgerald is not one of the great American writers of to-day.”

That review aged well.

Read more reviews here.

March 27, 2021

On the Same Page


Friends, learn more about this fabulous community read at:!

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March 19, 2021

How Soviet poets performed in football stadiums in front of thousands


“A poet in Russia is more than a poet,” Yevgeny Yevtushenko, a leading author of his time, famously stated. He knew what he was talking about. During Nikita Khrushchev’s cultural years of Thaw, Soviet poets were public figures like rock stars. They performed to sell-out crowds, predicted the future and helped get over the past.

Pretty much how it used to be in the Trustees' Room at the Jones during jubilat/Jones readings.

March 16, 2021

Rare Andy Warhol cookbook Wild Raspberries goes to auction


Wild Raspberries, "a funny cookbook for people who don’t cook," might not be showing up in the Jones any time soon, Friends. But you can read more about it here.

March 12, 2021

Lizzie Borden


The story begins on that fateful day in August 1892 with a striking description of the days events and the murders that took place. What happens from there? Join us to learn the Lizzie Borden story.

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March 1, 2021

Challenging discrimination has never been easy.


And Lucy Stone would know. She was the first to challenge many discriminatory practices.

Did you know she was the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree? Her belief in the equality of the sexes was evident in both her political and personal endeavors. Did you know as a suffragette, her passionate speeches helped galvanize Susan B. Anthony to join the women's rights movement? Did you know, Lucy Stone opted be the first woman not to take her husband’s name and, as a result, the phrase “a Lucy Stoner” became synonymous with a married woman who kept her maiden name?

Learn more about this woman of firsts at this free event:

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