This Library book discussion group meets at noon on the fourth Wednesday of each month and is always open to new members. The group selects the books for discussion, which are available at the check-out desk during the month preceding the discussion. Volunteers from among the group lead the discussion, with background materials supplied by the librarian. Bring your own lunch or snack; the Library provides beverages.
Titles for upcoming months are:
by Jhumpa Lahiri
The most recent book by Pulitzer Prize winning Lahiri (Interpreter of Maladies, 2000) is a sweeping family epic stretching back to 1960’s Calcutta and covering over 40 years to the near present day. Brothers Subhash and Udayan are completely inseparable and yet complete opposites. While Subhash pursues a career of scientific research in America, brash, headstrong Udayan stays in Calcutta and immerses himself in the volatile political culture of 1960’s India. Subhash must return to Calcutta, attempting to mend his family after tragedy strikes. “A formidable and beautiful book.” – Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
by David Maraniss
Chosen for the Metro Net Everyone’s Reading 2017 selection, Once in a Great City is a wonderful look back at the Detroit of 1963 and ’64. LBJ had declared Detroit, “the herald of hope in America” and Barry Gordy was producing “the sound of young America” at his Motown Studios. Detroit was still on top. A former Detroiter himself, author and biographer Maraniss uses his deft narrative skills to weave a portrait of a city still at its height, but on the verge of riots and a precipitous decline.
by Angela Flournoy
A National Book Award finalist, this debut novel from Flournoy is melding of the two books above; it is at once a dramatic familial epic, and a history of Detroit lamenting the stark realities facing the proud American city. The Turners lived on Yarrow Street in Detroit for fifty years. They raised 13 children in the Turner house and now both their neighborhood and their home values are crumbling. Truly a family story rather than another rehashing of the mortgage crisis, The Turner House has been equally embraced by readers and critics alike. “Flournoy recounts the history of Detroit with more sensitivity than any textbook could” – New York Times Book Review