Last Monday Book Discussion Group

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

The Last Monday Book Discussion Group selects our titles together usually 3 or 4 at a time. We generally like novels but have included non-fiction history and biographies.

The Haunting of Hill House

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Monday, October 27, 7:00 p.m.

In Multipurpose Room C

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson: Dr. Montague, an investigator of psychic disturbances, extends an invitation to three young people to join him at Hill House, whose tragic history has made it unfit for human habitation, and where perhaps they can intensify the forces at work. Eleanor Vance, who had spent eleven years in caring for an invalid mother, is now alone in the world and unwanted- and she has had a poltergeist experience; Theodora is telepathic; and Luke Sanderson is the nephew of the present owner. During the days and nights to follow there are doors that close; drafts that chill; banging and scurrying noises- and writing on the walls. Mrs. Montague arrives- eager to launch a session with planchette and hoping for further materializations beyond these "decided manifestations". But Eleanor becomes increasingly disturbed and distraught; her hoped for close friendship with Theodora is brushed aside- as Theodora goes off alone with Luke; she is the most susceptible to the dark history of this house and attempts to imitate a tragedy in the past; and the story which begins as a spritely tour of the spirit world, ends on a note of real disequilibrium..... A tantalizing, suggestive reconnaissance where the phantasma of other worlds- and private worlds- reveal a disconcerting similarity, and Shirley Jackson's special following will find pause to wonder and admire. (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 1959)

Slaughterhouse-Five

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

In Multipurpose Room C

In honor of Banned Books Week, Sept 21- 27, 2014, (www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek) we will be reading Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut published in 1969.

Description: Billy Pilgrim returns home from the Second World War only to be kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, who teach him that time is an eternal present.

World War I

Monday, August 25, 7:00 p.m.

In Multipurpose Room C

Participants will read whatever they choose - fiction or non-fiction - about World War I. The first battle shots of World War I were fired 100 years ago in August 1914. This discussion will be about treatment of the War by the different authors and what changes the Great War brought.

Love

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Monday, July 28, 7:00 p.m.

In Multipurpose Room C

Love by Toni Morrison

Description of Love: The epitome of a group of women's ideals about love, fatherhood, and friendship, wealthy hotel owner Bill Cosey finds his life compromised by his troubled past and his feelings about a spellbinding woman named Celestial.

Toni Morrison has gained fame for an emotive, rhythmic writing style that achieves lushness with common words. The shame and cruelty of racism and sexual oppression are major themes, often framed in vividly depicted historical settings. Morrison challenges readers with unconventional plot structures, and difficult, complex characters who may evoke readers' pity, horror, sorrow, and joy by turns. Her characters' minds, hearts and souls are always the core of the story. Readers journey with them toward personal and societal enlightenment, touching upon natural and mythic experiences alike.

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