Exploring Heroes in Literature

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I’m probably not the best person to write a post about heroes in literature. As I’ve mentioned on here before, I’m usually much more drawn to the supporting characters or the, ahem, villains than the heroes. But every now and then, like a normal person, I really do like the protagonist of the story.

And to that end, since the Great American Read is going to be airing its episode about heroes next week on September 25th, now’s the perfect time to explore a little more about literary heroes.

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Heroes voting bracket

Heroes

Voting for the Great Berryville Read continues this week with a new category!

Welcome to Bracket #2 – Great Berryville Read Heroes Edition. Next week on Tuesday, September 25th, the Great American Read episode about literary heroes will air.

This episode will focus on some of literature’s most memorable protagonists. We’ve assembled a bracket that requires you, gentle reader, to pick your favorites and decide which of these 16 books should advance to the next round of the Great Berryville Read voting.

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Exploring “Who am I” in Literature

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Next Tuesday, September 18, the first of the themed Great American Read episodes will air. Titled “Who am I?” it focuses on books about self-identity and characters’ journeys. These themes are the classic catalysts of coming-of-age stories, which are admittedly one of my favorite genres. One of the ideas broached in the episode is that of reading a book at the right time.

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Who Am I? voting bracket

Who am I bracket

Voting for the Great Berryville Read starts today!

Welcome to Bracket #1 – Great Berryville Read Who Am I? Edition. Next week on Tuesday, September 18th, the Great American Read episode “Who am I?” will air. This episode will explore some of the books on the list that examine themes of identity and personal growth. We’ve assembled a bracket that requires you, gentle reader, to pick your favorites and decide which of these 16 books should advance to the next round of the Great Berryville Read voting.

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Great Berryville Read: Catalog Card Reviews

The 4th of July is upon us, and it’s a great chance to take some time to read one of the books on the Great American Read list and write a card catalog review for the library’s summer program and the Great Berryville Read Facebook page. 🙂

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Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove

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We’ve been chatting a lot about our “first favorites” for the Great American Read and Great Berryville Read. Those are the first books on the list of 100 books that jump out at you as automatic favorites.

I had 3 instant picks, and the one I have been leaning toward the most is Larry McMurtry’s modern classic Western Lonesome Dove. I’ve discussed my love of Westerns before, but I really don’t think you can get much better than this one. (As far as Westerns go, the only thing that I think ties with it is possibly Ron Hansen’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, another personal favorite. But it didn’t make the list!)

Trying to summarize the plot doesn’t do this novel, which is rich in characters and themes, justice. But at its heart, it’s the story of two former Texas Rangers, bored and burnt out with retired life, setting off on a cattle drive from South Texas to Montana. Along the way, they encounter psychopathic killers, stampedes, storms, snakes, sorrow, and more.

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Great Berryville Read!

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We’ve already talked about the Great American Read on the blog, but we’re also hosting the Great Berryville Read throughout the year! So, while America is choosing its favorite book, we’ll be choosing Berryville’s favorite book. Read more to learn about the special additional programs we’ll be hosting.

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