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From the Library – Classic Book Discussion Group Returns in January 2022 With Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood

Our Classic Book Discussion Group will return next month with In Cold Blood, Truman Capote’s groundbreaking “non-fiction novel”:

BOOK DESCRIPTION: Truman Capote’s masterpiece created a sensation when it was first published, serially, in The New Yorker in 1965. The intensively researched, atmospheric narrative of the lives of the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas, and of the two men, Richard Eugene Hickock and Perry Edward Smith, who brutally killed them on the night of November 15, 1959, is the seminal work of the “new journalism.”

Perry Smith is one of the great dark characters of American literature, full of contradictory emotions. “I thought he was a very nice gentleman,” he says of Herb Clutter. “Soft-spoken. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat.” Told in chapters that alternate between the Clutter household and the approach of Smith and Hickock in their black Chevrolet, then between the investigation of the case and the killers’ flight, Capote’s account is so detailed that the reader comes to feel almost like a participant in the events.

An in-person discussion of In Cold Blood will be held on Thursday, January 27, at 3:00 PM. If you’d like to attend, please register now through our Event Calendar.

Copies of In Cold Blood are currently available on our 1st Floor on the Book Discussion Shelf (just behind our New Books). You can also borrow a copy through OverDrive/Libby as an ebook or an audiobook.

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