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 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

The Essential Rumi

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

In Multipurpose Room C

The Essential Rumi by Jelalludin Rumi: The ecstatic, spiritual poetry of Rumi is more popular than ever, and The Essential Rumi continues to be far and away the top-selling title of all Rumi books.

Heart of Darkness

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Monday, March 30, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

In Multipurpose Room C

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad: In Conrad's haunting tale, Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the enigmatic Kurtz. Travelling to the heart of the African continent, he discovers how Kurtz has gained his position of power and influence over the local people. Marlow's struggle to fathom his experience involves him in a radical questioning of not only his own nature and values but the nature and values of his society. - Publisher

The March

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Monday, February 23, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

In Multipurpose Room C

The March by E. L. Doctorow: In 1864, after Union general William Tecumseh Sherman burned Atlanta, he marched his sixty thousand troops east through Georgia to the sea, and then up into the Carolinas. The army fought off Confederate forces and lived off the land, pillaging the Southern plantations, taking cattle and crops for their own, demolishing cities, and accumulating a borne-along population of freed blacks and white refugees until all that remained was the dangerous transient life of the uprooted, the dispossessed, and the triumphant. Only a master novelist could so powerfully and compassionately render the lives of those who marched.

The author of Ragtime, City of God, and The Book of Daniel has given us a magisterial work with an enormous cast of unforgettable characters--white and black, men, women, and children, unionists and rebels, generals and privates, freed slaves and slave owners. At the center is General Sherman himself; a beautiful freed slave girl named Pearl; a Union regimental surgeon, Colonel Sartorius; Emily Thompson, the dispossessed daughter of a Southern judge; and Arly and Will, two misfit soldiers.

Almost hypnotic in its narrative drive, The March stunningly renders the countless lives swept up in the violence of a country at war with itself. The great march in E. L. Doctorow's hands becomes something more--a floating world, a nomadic consciousness, and an unforgettable reading experience with awesome relevance to our own times. - Publisher

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