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Booktalkers

January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6

2:00pm

READING LIST
 
January – June 2018
 
January 3:        Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton [fiction]
The deeply moving story of Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo and his son Absolom, set against the background of a land and a people riven by racial injustice. Considered the most famous and important novel in South Africa’s history.
 
February 7:      Over the Edge of the World by Laurence Bergreen [non-fiction]
Prize-winning biographer / journalist Bergreen entwines a variety of candid, firsthand accounts to bring to life Ferdinand Magellan’s three-year odyssey around the globe—a groundbreaking journey that would forever change the way explorers would navigate the oceans.
 
March 7:          Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner [fiction]
Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of two couples who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, it is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and marriage.
 
April 4:            Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut [fiction]
This is Vonnegut’s satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet’s ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, an original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny.
 
May 2:             The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown [non-fiction]
Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.
 
June 6:            The Dinner by Herman Koch [fiction]
Two families of 15-year-old boys struggle to make the hardest decision of their lives over the course of one meal. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are willing to go to protect those they love.

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