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 ashull@athenslibrary.org or call (706) 613-3650 ext 358.

The Devil in the White City

Bookcover

Monday, October 31, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson: Erik Larson's gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder, Daniel Hudson Burnham, the killer, Henry H. Holmes, and the great fair that obsessed them both. Burnham organized the talents of Frederick Law Olmsted, Charles McKim, Louis Sullivan, and others to transform swampy Jackson Park into the White City, while Holmes used the attraction of the great fair and his own satanic charms to lure scores of young women to their deaths. What makes the story all the more chilling is that Holmes really lived, walking the grounds of that dream city by the lake. - Publisher

Day of the Locust

Bookcover

Monday, September 26, 7:00 p.m.

Day of the Locust by Nathanael West: Admired by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, and Dashiell Hammett, and hailed as one of the “Best 100 English-language novels” by Time magazine, The Day of the Locust continues to influence American writers, artists, and culture. Bob Dylan wrote the classic song “Day of the Locusts” in homage and Matt Groening’s Homer Simpson is named after one of its characters. No novel more perfectly captures the nuttier side of Hollywood. Here the lens is turned on its fringes — actors out of work, film extras with big dreams, and parents lining their children up for small roles. But it’s the bit actress Faye Greener who steals the spotlight with her wildly convoluted dreams of stardom: “I’m going to be a star some day—if I’m not I’ll commit suicide.” - Publisher

Justine

Bookcover

Monday, August 29, 7:00 p.m.

Justine by Lawrence Durrell: Story of the modern Egyptian city of Alexandria, in which an Irish schoolmaster, a passionate, tormented Jewess, a Greek cabaret dancer, and a Coptic financier play out their destinies amid decadent surroundings symbolic of an erotic world. - Publisher

Mrs. Dalloway

Book cover

Monday, July 25, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf: This brilliant novel explores the hidden springs of thought and action in one day of a woman's life. Direct and vivid in her account of the details of Clarissa Dalloway's preparations for a party she is to give that evening, Woolf ultimately managed to reveal much more. For it is the feeling behind these daily events that gives Mrs. Dalloway its texture and richness and makes it so memorable. - Publisher

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