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.

Please contact Sarah List at  slist@athenslibrary.org or 706-613-3650 to find out if the meeting will be virtual or in-person. 

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Talking About Books - Athens

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

book coverJuly 21 On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Summary: A letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born -- a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam -- and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity"

The Spy wore Red

book coverJune 16, 2021  The spy wore red: my adventures as an undercover agent in World War II by Aline Countess of Romanones

Summary: "1943: Beautiful young American model Aline Griffith is recruited as a spy, trained, and flown to Spain, with her mission to infiltrate the highest echelons of Spanish society and uncover secret links to the Nazis."

In the Garden of Beasts

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

10:30 am-noon

Multipurpose Room C

Erik Larson, the bestselling author of "Devil in White City" turns his hand to a remarkable story set during Hitler's rise to power in his book "In the Garden of Beasts." The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America's first ambassador to Hitler's Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history.

Street of a Thousand Blossoms

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

10:30 am-noon

Multipurpose Room C

Gail Tsukiyami sets the scene, it is Tokyo in 1939. On the Street of a Thousand Blossoms, two orphaned brothers are growing up with their loving grandparents, who inspire them to dream of a future firmly rooted in tradition. The older boy, Hiroshi, shows unusual skill at the national obsession of sumo wrestling, while Kenji is fascinated by the art of creating hard-carved masks for actors in the Noh Theater.

Across town, a renowned sumo master, Sho Tanaka, lives with his wife and their two young daughters: the delicate, daydreaming Aki and her independent sister, Haru. Life seems full of promise as Kenji begins an informal apprenticeship with the most famous mask-maker in Japan and Hiroshi receives a coveted invitation to train with Tanaka. But then Pearl Harbor changes everything. As the ripples of war spread to both families' quiet neighborhoods, all of the generations must put their dreams on hold-- and find their way in a new Japan.

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