Wednesday, July 13, 10:30 a.m.
The Inheritance of Loss by Desai Kiran: An embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace lives in a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas, when his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge's cook watches over Sai distractedly, for his thoughts are often on his son, Biju, who is hopscotching from one gritty New York restaurant to another. - Publisher
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
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.
Wednesday, April 20, 10:30 a.m.
Bring your favorite poem to discuss as we celebrate National Poetry Month!