Last Monday Book Discussion Group

Meets the Last Monday of each month at 7 p.m.
At the Athens-Clarke County Library

Love discussing literature, plays, and poetry? Join us for in depth discussions of literature, plays, and poetry the last Monday of every month. If you are interested in joining please email oconti@athenslibrary.org or call (706) 613-3650 ext 324.

The Goldfinch

Monday, January 27, 2020,

7:00 pm 

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-    year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an  event that killed his mother. Abandoned by his  father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new  home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a  small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of  art. As an adult, Theo moves silkily between  the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love at the center of a narrowing and ever more dangerous circle.

An American Marriage

book coverNovember 25, 2019

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones 

Summary: Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. In this deft exploration of love, loyalty, race, justice, and both Black masculinity and Black womanhood in 21st century America, Jones achieves that most-elusive of all literary goals: the Great American Novel. 

Everything I Never Told You

October 28, 2019

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

book coverSummary: So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

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September 30, 2019 at 7pm MPR C, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

In 1936, tucked deep into the woods of Troublesome Creek, KY, lives blue-skinned 19-year-old Cussy Carter, the last living female of the rare Blue People ancestry. The lonely young Appalachian woman joins the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian, riding across slippery creek beds and up treacherous mountains on her faithful mule to deliver books and other reading material to the impoverished hill people of Eastern Kentucky.

Along her dangerous route, Cussy, known to the mountain folk as Bluet, confronts those suspicious of her damselfly-blue skin and the government's new book program. She befriends hardscrabble and complex fellow Kentuckians, and is fiercely determined to bring comfort and joy, instill literacy, and give to those who have nothing, a bookly respite, a fleeting retreat to faraway lands.

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