Monthly Book Discussion Group - Bagels and Books
Thursdays at 10:30 am
Join us to discuss these books over bagels and coffee. No registration; drop-ins welcome. Ask the library if you need help obtaining copies of these books.
December 3rd - Old Filth by Jane Gardam
"Sir Edward Feathers has had a brilliant career, from his early days as a lawyer in Southeast Asia, where he earned the nickname Old Filth (FILTH being an acronym for Failed In London Try Hong Kong) to his final working days as a respected judge at the English bar. Yet through it all he has carried with him the wounds of a difficult and emotionally hollow children. Now an eighty-year-old widower living in comfortable seclusion in Dorset, Feathers is finally free from the regimen of work and the sentimental scaffolding that has sustained him throughout his life. He slips back into the past with ever mounting frequency and intensity..."
January 7th - The Time in Between by María Dueñas
"At age twelve, Sira Quiroga sweeps the atelier floors where her single mother works as a seamstress. At fourteen, she quietly begins her own apprenticeship. By her early twenties she has learned the ropes of the business and is engaged to a modest government clerk. But everything changes when two charismatic men burst unexpectedly into her neatly mapped-out life: an attractive salesman and the father she never knew. With the Spanish Civil War brewing in Madrid, Sira leaves her mother and her fiancé, impetuously following her handsome lover to Morocco. However, she soon finds herself abandoned, penniless, and heartbroken in an exotic land... As England, Germany, and other great powers launch into the dire conflict of World War II, Sira is persuaded to return to Madrid, where she takes on a new identity to embark upon the most dangerous undertaking of her career... Sira becomes embroiled in the half-lit world of espionage and political conspiracy rife with love, intrigue, and betrayal."
February 4th - A History of Loneliness by John Boyne
This book is "the riveting narrative of an honorable Irish priest who finds the church collapsing around him at a pivotal moment in history. A novel as intimate as it is universal, A History of Loneliness is about the most searching storytellers of his generation"
March 3rd - Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
"In the dawning light of a late-summer morning, the people of lower Manhattan stand hushed, staring up in disbelief at the Twin Towers. It is August 1974, and a mysterious tightrope walker is running, dancing, leaping between the towers, suspended a quarter mile above the ground. In the streets below, a slew of ordinary lives become extraordinary in Colum McCann's intricate portrait of a city and its people. Let the Great World Spin is the author's most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich version of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s."