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Explorations Read-Aloud: “The Epic of America” by James Truslow Adams

Friday, September 23 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm

Every Friday, at 11:00 am, on the library’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page, the library will stream a brand new recording of local thespian, Joseph Coté reading aloud selections from a wide variety of fascinating and entertaining books of fiction and non-fiction. This is a program to help keep our community connected to books during the pandemic when we are unable to meet in person.

For September 23, Coté will read aloud from James Truslow Adams’s book The Epic of America.

Summary: In this important narrative, Adams reviews how the ordinary American matured over time in outlook, character, and opinion.

By 1931, Adams grew increasingly conscious of how different an American was then from the man or woman of any other advanced nation. He was equally interested in the whole of American history, how it began, and what it represented in the first half of the twentieth century.

Adams traces the historical origins of the American concept of “bigger and better,” attitudes toward business, “The American Dream” – a phrase he himself coins in this book — and other characteristics generally considered “typically American.”

That dream has always been of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It was a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it.

This classic book is valuable for a new age and as important for this new century as it was when originally written 91 years ago!

Click the links to find the library’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.

Thoughts to share? Book ideas to suggest? Contact Joseph at friday-explorations@usa.net

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