Join the virtual book club & discussion; May’s selection delves into Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

Tuesday, May 19, 9 a.m. – Discussion on First Coast Connect, 89.9 WJCT-FM

Here’s how the free book club works:
fcc_book_club_logo_02_FINALIn April the Jacksonville Public Library and WJCT launched the First Coast Connect Book Club for library and literature lovers. WJCT’s First Coast Connect book blogger Stacey Goldring discusses engaging books and invites you to join in the conversation, discuss your opinions, and add ideas to the literary discussion.

At the end of each month, next month’s book title will be announced. Check out a copy at any Jacksonville Public Library, or purchase a copy at The Book Nook or Chamblin’s. Mention you’re with the First Coast Connect Book Club and get a discount.

After you’ve read the book, tell us what you think of the book at Share any questions, emotions, memories or ideas that it triggered. At the end of the month, Stacey and host Melissa Ross will discuss the book and share your comments during First Coast Connect.

Here’s what we’ll read and discuss for May:
After being immersed in the spirit of Cuba with last month’s selection, Dreaming in Cuba, RagtimeMay’s selection, E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime, offers a lens to view our own country’s innate character at the time just before the First World War.

Ragtime beautifully weaves in American history with characters including Harry Houdini, Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, Evelyn Nesbit and J.P. Morgan. You’ve got an excellent author, brilliant writing, fabulous real and fictional characters, and you’ll learn to boot.

Ragtime is an excellent entree to the writings of the classic American author, E.L. Doctorow. If you enjoy Ragtime—yes, it was made into a movie in 1981 starring James Cagney, Elizabeth McGovern, Mandy Patinkin, Mary Steenburgen and Fran Drescher—then you’ll have hit the literary jackpot with prolific Doctorow titles to check out at the library.

Click here to place Ragtime on hold or find it at area libraries.
First Coast Connect airs every weekday at 9 a.m. on 89.9 WJCT-FM.

Don’t stop with Ragtime.  Check under Featured Collections for books and audiobooks with similar themes.

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