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Great books start with 'MacBeth'

Ashland's Great Books program is beginning a new series — in the Guanajuato Room of the Ashland Public Library. The theme of this — year's readings is Order and Chaos; the first reading is Shakespeare's — "Macbeth." The program meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month — at 1:30 p.m.

The discussion program, based on the shared inquiry method, — emphasizes close reading and critical thinking. "We learn from the book — and from each other; the talk is always lively and stimulating," says — Eleanore Perkins of the American Association of University Women, which — sponsors the project.

Selections for this year's series are available in an — anthology ($18) published by the Great Books Foundation. The book will — be augmented by readings on the Order and Chaos theme selected by the — group. To order the anthology, call or e-mail Eleanore Perkins, 488-8850, — eleaperk@mind.net.

Ashland author at Bloomsbury —

Thursday, Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. - Lost and Found: My Life — In a Group Marriage Commune by Margaret Hollenbach

In 1970 Margaret Hollenbach, an idealistic twenty-five — year old graduate school dropout, changed her name and gave up her possessions — to join a commune know as The Family, located in Taos, New Mexico. The — Family believed in "group marriage" and practiced its own version of Gestalt — therapy, sometimes coercively. Hollenbach spent only a few months in this — intense environment, but the lessons she learned have shaped her life. — She tells the story of the young woman she was then in an unsparingly — honest memoir.

Margaret Hollenbach is a free-lance writer in Ashland, — Oregon.

The event is free at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St. — 488-0029