Hoboken Readers Circle Book Group: 11/2014

The amazing once-a-month “enlightenment without electricity” 2014 Hoboken Readers Circle Book Group “Fall Edition” meets for the last time in 2014 next Thursday.

Hoboken Readers Circle Book Group

The Hoboken Readers Circle book group meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00pm in the comfortable and spacious Muller Room of All Saints, 701 Washington Street, in Hoboken.

All book lovers are welcome, and encouraged to even bring a friend! Free coffee and cake is served. For more info write readerscircle123@aol.com.

Junky William Burroughs

Junky by William S. Burroughs

One week from tonight, the group will meet and discuss the book Junky by William S. Burroughs.

Here’s a synopsis: “In his debut novel, Junky, Burroughs fictionalized his experiences using and peddling heroin and other drugs in the 1950s into a work that reads like a field report from the underworld of post-war America. The Burroughs-like protagonist of the novel, Bill Lee, see-saws between periods of addiction and rehab, using a panoply of substances including heroin, cocaine, marijuana, paregoric (a weak tincture of opium) and goof balls (barbiturate), amongst others. For this definitive edition, renowned Burroughs scholar Oliver Harris has gone back to archival typescripts to re-created the author’s original text word by word. From the tenements of New York to the queer bars of New Orleans, Junky takes the reader into a world at once long-forgotten and still with us today. Burroughs’s first novel is a cult classic and a critical part of his oeuvre.”

The book is considered one of the top “beat literature” pieces out there – and recommended for coming of age kids to read to help steer them away from the dark side of drug abuse.

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