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May Book Meeting

  • May 27, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • Barnes and Noble (Augusta Mall)

May: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

From Wikipedia: "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1940) is the debut novel by the American author Carson McCullers; she was 23 at the time of publication. It is about a deaf man named John Singer and the people he encounters in a 1930s mill town in the state of Georgia, US. When published it created a literary sensation, enjoying a meteoric rise to the top of the bestseller lists in 1940; it was the first in a string of works by McCullers that give voice to those who are rejected, forgotten, mistreated or oppressed.

The majority of the narrative centers on the struggles of four of John Singer's acquaintances: Mick Kelly, a tomboyish girl who loves music and dreams of buying a piano; Jake Blount, an alcoholic labor agitator; Biff Brannon, the observant owner of a diner; and Dr. Benedict Copeland, an idealistic black physician.

The Modern Library ranked the novel seventeenth on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. Time magazine included it in TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005.[1] In 2004 the novel was selected for Oprah's Book Club."

 

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  • Gregory K.

    Excellent repartee with insightful discussion.

    May 28, 2014

  • Nathan

    Thanks, Leeann! You are, too!

    May 28, 2014

  • Nathan

    Made the algonquin roundtable look like a kindergarten finger painting party!

    May 28, 2014

  • LeeAnn R.

    Always interesting points of view.

    May 28, 2014

  • Josh H.

    My suggestions are Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman, No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey.

    May 27, 2014

  • Gregory K.

    I will suggest other authors as well.Namely Joseph Campbell and Carl Sagan.

    May 27, 2014

  • LeeAnn R.

    Hi! Ran into Judy McElmurry in the library and she wanted me to pass on her book recommendation - Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. My recommendations are: Defending Jacob by William Landay as a fiction piece and for non-fiction, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt.

    May 27, 2014

  • George M.

    Since surprisingly only nine book suggestions have been made (looking good to me) to this late date I thought it would do no harm to suggest a few more in case no one else has definite suggestions. They are "Infidel" by the brave Ayaan Hirsi Ali (whose been in the news lately), the recent "In Paradise" by Natl. Book Award Winner Peter Matthiessen, and "The Sheltering Sky" by Paul Bowles (on list of 100 best books), or if great comedy is desired "Three Men in a Boat" by Jerome K. Jerome, one of the funniest books ever written, and on the list http://www.theguardian.com/books/2003/oct/12/features.fiction

    May 25, 2014

  • Gregory K.

    Intrigued with the selection by George and Nathan and guess what, I haven't read any of them.If I may be so bold as to suggest 3 books ,all different genres."Farewell my Lovely" by Raymond Chandler.Next as a tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez"One Hundred Years of Solitude".And lastly in the vein of contemporary high tech punk madness "Neuromancer" by William Gibson.

    May 19, 2014

  • Nathan

    Thanks, LeeAnn!

    May 15, 2014

  • Renee

    Sorry I didn't send this reminder out earlier, but we are at the end of our book list. So everyone who is interested needs to submit some suggestions. I want to keep it to about 2-3 books per person and please check and make sure your suggestion is 500 pages or less. Either put them in the May Book Meeting comment section or bring them with you to the meeting. From the comprehensive submittal list, I will only be picking about 12 books to go on our list for the next year. Looking forward to seeing what people want to read!

    May 14, 2014

    • George M.

      I recommend three masterpieces : APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA by John O’Hara , The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark , THE HEART OF THE MATTER by Graham Greene

      May 15, 2014

  • Nathan

    Hello, Renee and everyone else. I have three new book recs. for you. 1) "Savage Inequalities" by Jonathan Kozol 2) "I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban" by Malala Yousefzai 3) "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" by Ishmael Beah

    That's all I got!
    Have the best day since the invention of the printing press!

    1 · May 15, 2014

  • Gregory K.

    Finished the book about a month ago.This is a gem of a book depicting the destitute in full array; their dreams as well as their ignorance.It is both funny as well as sad.

    1 · April 30, 2014

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