Contemporary Book Discussion Group

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Starting in October 2017, we will have two Book Clubs: the Contemporary Book Discussion Group which will continue meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7 PM and Tuesdays Are Murder which will meet the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 PM. Everyone is invited to attend.

Tuesdays Are Murder will be a True Crime and Murder Mystery Book Club. For more information, please contact Amelia at 298-3080, ext. 1716 or

For the Contemporary Book Discussion Group, we will read books 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.


 Ruth Ozeki

 On Tuesday, October 24th, at 7PM, we will discuss A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.

Links of Interest:

Author's Website

Los Angeles Times Book Review

Washington Post Book Review

 golden age

 On Tuesday, November 28th, at 7PM, we will discuss The Golden Age by Joan London. Thirteen-year-old Frank Gold’s family has escaped from Hungary and the perils of World War II to the safety of Australia, but not long after their arrival Frank is diagnosed with polio. He is sent to a sprawling children’s hospital called The Golden Age, where he meets Elsa. They fall in love, fueling one another’s rehabilitation, facing the perils of polio and adolescence hand in hand, and scandalizing the prudish staff.
Meanwhile, their parents must cope with their changing realities. Elsa’s mother must reconcile her hopes and dreams with her daughter’s sickness. Frank’s parents are isolated newcomers in a country that they do not love and that does not seem to love them. Frank’s mother refuses to allow the western deserts of Australia to become her home. But her husband, Meyer, slowly begins to free himself from the past and integrate into a new society.

 Links of Interest:

Sydney Review of Books

The Australian

The Irish Times

 man in wooden hat  

On Tuesday, December 19th, at 7PM, we will discuss The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam.  This novel is the sequel to Old Filth (which we discussed in September). It is the history of the marriage told from the perspective of the wife, Betty. They meet in Hong Kong after the war. Betty had spent the duration in a Japanese internment camp. Filth was already a successful barrister, handsome, fast becoming rich, in need of a wife but unaccustomed to romance. A perfect English couple of the late 1940s. It is a portrait of a marriage, with all the bittersweet secrets and surprising fulfillment of the 50-year union of two remarkable people.

Links of Interest:

The Telegraph Book Review

Washington Post Book Review

New York Times Book Review