June Book Meeting

  • June 24, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • Barnes and Noble (Augusta Mall)

The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett

From Amazon: "Antiquarian bookseller Peter Byerly immerses himself in his trade to overcome grief from the loss of his beloved wife a few months earlier. Now plying his trade in England’s Cotswolds instead of the North Carolina site of his tragedy, Byerly happens across a small watercolor portrait of a woman who looks startlingly like his late wife. And so begins an obsessive hunt to find out the origins of this painting. Lovett shifts his narrative around in both time and setting, recounting the lovers’ first meeting, in the library at a southern college, and the blossoming of their seemingly improbable love affair: he a bookish, repressed teen, and she an heiress. Byerly discovers the portrait’s Victorian provenance, and then the author moves his story even further back, to the time of Shakespeare. Fans of mysteries, of love stories, and of rare books will all find moments in Lovett’s novel to treasure."

Also if you are interested, the author has a webpage that briefly covers this book with discussion questions and an interview with Lovett : http://charlielovett.com/an-introduction-to-the-bookmans-tale/

Important:  I am putting together a the list of all the books people are suggesting to bring to the next meeting. So you still have time to make suggestions before the end of June.  However, please to do not wait till the day of the meeting as your suggestion will not end up on the list.

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  • Gregory K.

    Interesting discussion although I felt that most people were not really enamored by the cast of characters in the book . Well written but not a lot of passion and intrigue.

    2 · June 26

  • Nathan

    Thanks Renee and LeeAnn!

    June 26

  • George M.

    Would not have hurt to have had all of the few more suggested books offered as options.

    1 · June 25

  • Nathan

    It was the meeting Steve Jobs always wished he could have or attend, but just wasn't bright or creative enough to pull off.

    3 · June 25

  • George M.

    The centuries old Shakespeare identity debate is fascinating. I don't know a lot about it but if someone does I for one would like from her/him on the subject.

    June 23

  • Nathan

    Maya Angelou wrote 7 autobiographies. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" covers the first 17 years of her life. She had an absolutely awful childhood, as most African American children did when she was growing up, and too many still do. As an adult, her friends were all amazed at how she had, not only survived her childhood circumstances, but wound up becoming a highly respected intellect, self taught, without much formal education. Her friends encouraged her to write the story of her childhood and guaranteed they would get what ultimately became "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" published, because hers was a story that screamed to be told. I would love to read his book because I imagine it to be tragically fascinating, wildly informative of living conditions I'm eager to learn more about, because they still need to be fully eradicated, and also extremely inspirational. I also really enjoy discussing books and people with which not everyone agrees.

    May 30

  • Nathan

    I know I've already suggested 3 books, but Maya Angelou just died. And, so, I would feel super remiss not to suggest as well "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings". It was her first published book, at the age of 40, and is autobiographical.

    1 · May 28

    • sandra e.

      I head it on NPR. I'm glad you suggested it. I know nothing about her. I will get the book as you suggested and whichever the group chooses. Thanks

      May 28

    • George M.

      I know a poet who said he didn’t care for Maya Angelou, not sure why (too polemic?) but the poems he gave his class to read often seemed meaningless while the ones I’ve read of Angelou where very meaningful and well crafted. “A Brave and Startling Truth” is my favorite. However, even poetic talents can make fools of themselves when they get political. Forgive my contrarianess but Angelou was a supporter of many awful creatures and (IMO) bad causes, including Fidel Castro (wanted Soviets to nuke the US), Mumia Abu-Jamal (convicted murderer), & racial preferences. In a 2012 interview with MSNBC television host Al Sharpton, Angelou derided Obama's critics as “stupid,” “thick,” and “dense” people “who want to keep us polarized.” She strongly condemned the acquittal of George Zimmerman, a transparently innocent man (see http://cs.pn/1lZ9fs5­ ). Not that any of this negates her first autobiography, but I thought it should be said since virtue in one area is not virtue in all.

      May 30

  • Nathan

    Thanks, LeeAnn!

    May 29

  • Nathan

    That's awesome, Sandra! Hope you enjoy!

    1 · May 29

  • Gregory K.

    Read this book last month with pleasure and I believe it will lead to an interesting discourse on love and hate and also William Shakespeare.

    1 · May 28

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