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.

All the Light We Cannot See

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Wednesday, June 15, 10:30 a.m.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, a stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure. Doerr's gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, All the Light We Cannot See is his most ambitious and dazzling work. - Publisher

Robinson Jeffers: Poet and Prophet

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Wednesday, May 18, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Robinson Jeffers: Poet and Prophet by James Karman: The TAB and Last Monday Book Groups will welcome Dr. Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor from the UGA Department of Language and Literacy Education, who will lead our discussion of Robinson Jeffers: Poet and Prophet by James Karman. Jeffers was a prominent 20th century poet best known for his environmental poetry and his controversial turn towards "inhumanism." Light refreshments will be served. Located in the second floor Administrative Board Room. Registration is required. Register from the online events calendar at www.athenslibrary.org/athens/events/adult-events.

National Poetry Month

Wednesday, April 20, 10:30 a.m.

Bring your favorite poem to discuss as we celebrate National Poetry Month!

And the Mountains Echoed

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Wednesday, March 16, 10:30 a.m.

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini: resents a story inspired by human love, how people take care of one another, and how choices resonate through subsequent generations. Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and step-mother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Adbullah, Pari, as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named, is everything. - Publisher

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