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CapRadio Reads is a book club and online reading community, hosted by Capital Public Radio. Moderator Vicki Lorini and host Donna Apidone encourage you to participate in person or on the website.

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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

June 2016 book selection

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

by Helen Simonson

June 8, 2016

Reading Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand in the U.S., we might be surprised by the prejudice. Yet every nation has its own form of bias. 

What do we learn from this story? How do we apply the lessons to our lives and our community? 

Something about Ferguson seems so familiar. We’ll talk about that, too. 

Other book groups may talk about style and storyline, but CapRadio Reads is ready to take on some big issues about our role in society. 

Vicki Lorini is away this month. Join Donna Apidone for one of two discussions on Tuesday, June 14 – 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. Reservations at www.capradio.org/reads.

June 1, 2016

Who are these people, and why do they think they can change who we are? 

Major Pettigrew is a tad rattled by people with their own agendas. And he is ready to give them a piece of his mind. His “last stand” is a matter of principle. 

Principles are an important part of life, and this book gives us a good idea how one person, standing his ground, can make all the difference in a community. 

This is more than a nice story. It’s a life lesson. 

Vicki Lorini is away this month. Join Donna Apidone for one of two discussions on Tuesday, June 14 – 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. Reservations at www.capradio.org/reads

May 25, 2016

We all think we are doing the right thing until someone complains. How do people see you? Are you considered an agreeable person, or do you come off as self-centered or argumentative? 

Major Pettigrew was comfortable, if not happy, in his own little world. Then he noticed some odd behavior from people in his community. His opinion of his neighbors changed his opinion of himself. 

How has your view of others changed your view of yourself? 

Get ready to talk about tradition and adjustment. Vicki Lorini is away this month. Join Donna Apidone for one of two discussions on Tuesday, June 14 – 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. Reservations at www.capradio.org/reads.

May 19, 2016

In a word, it's about trust.

Can you trust your family? Can you trust people who don’t look like you? Can you trust yourself?

Major Pettigrew has had to review his priorities. The ideas he relied on no longer ring true. New thoughts are creeping into his consciousness.

Maybe this is the wisdom of age. Maybe the good Major has just learned what really matters in life.

Vicki Lorini is away in June. Join Donna Apidone for one of two discussions on Tuesday, June 14 – 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. Reservations at www.capradio.org/reads.

May 11, 2016

This book, at first glance, is a sweet story of a retired man in England.

But just wait.

It won't be long before the people around Major Pettigrew create an environment that mimics today's news coverage.

By the time you finish this book, you will be ready for a conversation about immigration, the role of tradition and the concept of the Ugly American.

It's all there, and it all begs your opinion. In Vicki Lorini’s absence, join Donna Apidone for one of two discussions on Tuesday, June 14 – 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. Reservations at www.capradio.org/reads.

Yes, we know Helen Simonson has a new book, but we are committed to the first. If you have read both by June 14, we can make comparisons.