Alice Sperling, retired faculty coordinator at Linn-Benton Community College, will review the novel “A Gentleman In Moscow” by Amor Towles at noon Wednesday at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library's Random Review program.

Please note that this month's program will take place in the library's Belluschi Wing rather than the main meeting room.

In the novel Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov has been placed on house arrest in the sumptuous Metropol Hotel in Moscow, in 1922. At first at loose ends with his confinement, he strives to maintain a daily routine and to explore the nooks and crannies of the hotel, befriending a precocious 9-year-old and enjoying conversation with the staff.

The Count is a man of refined taste in wine, food, and literature and as his four decades in the hotel pass, he carves out a new existence for himself and becomes part of a team running the elegant hotel restaurant, the Boyarsky. Russia’s political turmoil is present but fades into the background as the Count lives his unexpected new life.

Sperling’s career at LBCC spanned 18 years, from 1995 until her retirement in 2013. She joined the college as the coordinator of the volunteer literacy program and spent her time working with volunteers and employees to help them find satisfaction in their work, improve personal and organizational performance, and determine their future course.

More recently she was appointed head of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at LBCC where she developed and led staff and faculty training and professional enhancement activities across the college, and facilitated meetings and retreats for various groups. In retirement, she has pursued an interest in mosaic art and has a studio in Philomath.

Up next: Next month's program on Dec. 13 will feature "Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within us and a Grander View of Life" by Ed Yong. The review will be Tom Sharpton

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