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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 myoung@dunedinfl.net.

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

 

 John Williams

 On Tuesday, May 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

 

 viet thanh nguyen

 On Tuesday, June 27th, at 7:00 pm, we will be discussing The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator is a communist double agent, who arranges to come to America after the fall of Saigon, and while building a new life with other Vietnamese refugees in Los Angeles is secretly reporting back to his communist superiors in Vietnam. 

Links of Interest:

Author's website: http://vietnguyen.info/home

Author Interview with LA Review of Books

Washington Post Review

New York Times Review

 

margot lee shetterly 

 As part of the Adult Summer Reading Club, we will discuss Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly on Saturday, July 22nd, at 10:00 am.  This is the true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space.

Copies of the book will be available at the Reference Desk.

Author's website: http://margotleeshetterly.com/

Author Interview with LA Review of Books

New York Times Review

Kirkus Review

 

 

 

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