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.

Atonement

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Monday, August 31, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

In Multipurpose Room C

Atonement by Ian McEwan: In 1935 England, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses an event involving her sister Cecilia and her childhood friend Robbie Turner, and she becomes the victim of her own imagination, which leads her on a lifelong search for truth and absolution. - Publisher

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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Monday, July 27, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

In Multipurpose Room C

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce: The classic novel follows Stephen Dedalus from his days as a student at the Clongowes Wood School, to the deep religious conflict he experiences at a day school in Dublin, to his college years during which he challenges the conventions of his upbringing. - Publisher

The Worst Hard Time

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
5:00pm (*note new date & time!)
Multipurpose Room C

In honor of the Dust Bowl exhibit Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry, the Local History Book Club will be joining forces with Talking About Books and the Last Monday Book Discussion Group to host a joint book club discussing Timothy Egan's The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl. The book won the 2006 National Book Award.

The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plain in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Time journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, going from sod homes to new framed houses to huddling in basement with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile effort to keep the dust out. He follows their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black blizzards, crop failure, and the deaths of loved ones. Drawing on the voices of those who stayed and survived--those who, now in their eighties and nineties, will soon carry their memories to the grave--Egan tells a story of endurance and heroism against the backdrop of the Great Depression.

Copies of the book are available for circulation.

The Turn of the Screw

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Monday, June 1, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

In Multipurpose Room C

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James: A first time governess, for two weirdly beautiful, strangely distant, oddly silent children, Miles and Flora, discovers that the estate where they live is haunted by fiendish creatures who want the children, seeking to corrupt their bodies, possess their minds, and own their souls... But much worse- the governess discovers that Miles and Flora have no terror of the lurking evil, but want the walking dead as badly as the dead want them. - Publisher

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