Talking About Books

Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m.
At the Athens-Clarke County Library

The third Wednesday of the month, Talking About Books (TAB) Discussion Group, is made up of a diverse group of people, mostly retirees, who come together in the spirit of learning and friendship, to discuss literature, both fiction and non-fiction, classic and contemporary. Book choices are submitted throughout the year and voted on semi-annually by the group itself. Book choices are announced each month with time for purchase or PINES holds. Author biographies and discussion questions (when available) are provided. Anyone is welcomed to join us - all you need is a desire to read good literature and spend an hour in friendly conversation.

The Old Gringo

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:30 a.m.

The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes: In The Old Gringo, Carlos Fuentes brings the Mexico of 1916 uncannily to life. This novel is wise book, full of toughness and humanity and is without question one of the finest works of modern Latin American fiction.

One of Fuentes's greatest works, the novel tells the story of Ambrose Bierce, the American writer, soldier, and journalist, and of his last mysterious days in Mexico living among Pancho Villa's soldiers, particularly his encounter with General Tomas Arroyo. In the end, the incompatibility of the two countries (or, paradoxically, their intimacy) claims both men, in a novel that is, most of all, about the tragic history of two cultures in conflict. - Publisher

The Girl on the Train

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Wednesday, December 14, 10:30 a.m.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning, flashing past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stopping at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. Their life, as she sees it, is perfect ... until she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but now everything is changed. Rachel goes to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? - Publisher

Edgar Allan Poe

Photo of Edgar Allen Poe from 1849.  Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 10:30 a.m.

Talking About Books is holding a special book discussion for Poe-tober, part of The Big Read partnership with UGA. Read any of Poe's books in preparation for our discussion. We'll get a chance to view some rare Edgar Allan Poe books on loan from the UGA Hargrett Library. A light brunch will be available. The first 20 registrants will receive a special Poe book. Register by October 15, 2016.

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