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In October 2016, we will resume our Contemporary Book Discussion Group.  The group will meet the fourth Tuesday at 7 pm and the discussions will last about an hour. (Due to some holidays, we may meet the third or fifth Tuesday of the month. The dates are below.) Everyone is invited to attend.

We will choose books to read that are recent and have gathered critical praise, as seen in the pages of major newspapers (New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, etc.) and by book awards (National Book Award, Pulitzer, Mann Prize, etc.).  We may even sneak in a "classic" if it appeals to the group. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mark at 298-3080, ext. 1707 or

Below is the schedule of reading and links to information about the author and reviews of the books.


 Eli Gottlieb

 On Tuesday, February 21st, at 7 PM, we will discuss Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb. (We are meeting one week early due to the library closing early for Mardi Gras on February 28th.) Todd Aaron, an autistic man, has spent 43 years in a therapeutic community. He enjoys the regularity of his life and reading from “Mr. B”, the Encyclopaedia Britannica. This peace is broken by two new members to this community. Undone by these pressures, Todd attempts an escape to return “home” to his younger brother and to a childhood that now inhabits only his dreams.

Links of interest:

The author's website:

Bookpage interview with the author

New York Times Review

Kirkus Review

 March 2017 Book Club

 On Tuesday, March 28th, at 7 PM, we will discuss An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine. In this portrait of a reclusive woman’s late-life crisis, readers follow Aaliya’s digressive mind as it ricochets across visions of past and present Beirut. Colorful musings on literature, philosophy, and art are invaded by memories of the Lebanese Civil War and Aaliya’s own volatile past. As she tries to overcome her aging body and spontaneous emotional upwellings, Aaliya is faced with an unthinkable disaster that threatens to shatter the little life she has left.

Links of interest:

The Author's website:

The Guardian Review

Washington Post Review

NPR Review


 On Tuesday, April 25th at 7 PM, we will discuss The Distant Marvels by Chantel Acevedo. Maria Sireno tells stories. She does it for money—as "la lectora" in a cigar factory—and for friends and family. As Hurricane Flora strikes Cuba in 1963, she and seven other women are evacuated to the former governor’s mansion. Maria begins to tell the story of her incredible youth to keep hope and themselves alive, but swept up in the story, she will reveal more about herself than she ever expected.

Links of interest:

The Author's website:

New York Times Book Review

Kirkus Review

Author interview with NPR

 John Williams

 On Tuesday, Mary 23rd at 7 PM, we will discuss Stoner by John Williams. Stoner is the story of a man and his fate: his pursuit of love and his faith in the value of honest work. In beautiful, clear prose, John Williams writes a remarkably original, thoughtful, and moving variation on the classic American story of the “self-made man.” Seemingly a simple story of ordinary life, of disappointment, compromise, and endurance, the novel becomes the triumph of a man’s stoic determination and dignity in spite of the destructive agencies of the world.

Links of Interest:

Greatest American Novel You've Never Heard Of

You Should Seriously Read ‘Stoner’ Right Now

The Inner Lives of Men


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