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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is the schedule of reading and links to information about the author and reviews of the books.
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: http://www.chantelacevedo.com/
New York Times Book Review
Author interview with NPR
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