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The BookTalkers discussion group meets at 6:00 pm in the Armstrong Conference Room


Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Monday, November 21, 6 pm

Billy Pilgrim becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted
by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. This classic novel by
Kurt Vonnegut follows Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of
his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience
as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.
Life Magazine called this “Splendid art.... A funny book at which you
are not permitted to laugh, a sad book without tears.”

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Our Souls at Night by Kent Haru
Monday, December 19, 6 pm

Addie and Louis have both known heartache and disappointment; sharing their stories brings late-in-life happiness to them both. When Addie’s six-year-old grandson arrives for the summer, their relationship is tested but ultimately strengthened. Addie’s adult son’s judgment, however, is not so easily overcome.  This tender novel about the conflict between duty and love was, unfortunately, the last book written by award-winning author Kent Haruf

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All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Monday, January 16, 6 pm

Blind since six, Marie-Laure is compelled to flee Paris with herfather when the Germans march in during World War II; they end up living with Marie-Laure's great-uncle in Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast. Meanwhile, orphaned German boy Werner proves to be a whiz with radios, which leads him to an exclusive military school and, eventually, to tracking the Resistance. This lyrical novel by Anthony Doerr travels both backward and forward through these characters’ lives as they move closer and closer to each other until they are finally in the same place at the same time. 

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Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
Monday, February 20, 6 pm

On a foggy August night, a private plane flying from Martha's Vineyard to New York City crashes into the ocean. Miraculously, two of the 11 passengers survive: Scott Burroughs, a struggling middle-aged artist and accomplished swimmer, and four-year-old J.J Bateman. As news of the disaster spreads, Scott is hailed as a hero. The National Transportation Safety Board questions him with respect, but then a hostile FBI agent sniffs terrorism and suggests that Scott might have somehow caused the crash. Rich with a compelling narrative, suspenseful plot twists, and engaging characters, this novel by award-winning producer and screenwriter Noah Hawley has been acquired by Sony Pictures.

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Looking Ahead...

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Monday, March 20, 6 pm