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If interested in participating in our book discussion group,
please contact Librarian Augie Webb at 415-289-4121, x501 or awebb@ci.sausalito.ca.us

 
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Contemporary Literature Book Club
(formerly Contemporary Classics)
2nd Tuesdays, 7:00pm
Next: March10
Friends Bookstore (2nd Floor)

Facilitator Leslie Goss

 

 

 

 

 

What we're reading:
White Dog Fell From the Sky
Eleanor Morse

From Amazon:

When he sees his activist friend thrown under a train by the apartheid defense force in 1976, medical student Isaac Muthethe gets himself smuggled in a hearse across the border from South Aftrica to Botswana, where he finds work as a gardener for Alice Mendelssohn (Don’t call me Madam), from Rhode Island, who is studying the cave paintings of the earliest humans, the ancient San people. Can Isaac get a letter to his mother in South Africa? Alice is in love with Ian, her English neighbor, whose secret mission is to cut cattle-farm wire fences so that wild animals can roam free and not perish for lack of water. Then Isaac is extradited and tortured. From the first page, the moving personal stories dramatize the big issues of ecology, politics, borders, race relations, art, and history. The rock art of the first nomadic peoples is beyond tourism. And the loss of thousands of wild animals left dying of thirst by fences put up to protect cattle ranches will strike a universal chord.

Sneak peek:
April 14 - Lila by Marilynne Robinson

 

 

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First Monday Book Group
(formerly Lesser Known Novels)
1st Mondays, 2:30pm
Next: April 6
Conference Room

(main floor)

 

 

 

 

 

What we're reading:
Offshore
Penelope Fitzgerald


From Amazon:
Winner of the Booker Prize

On the Battersea Reach of the Thames, a mixed bag of the slightly disreputable, the temporarily lost, and the patently eccentric live on houseboats, rising and falling with the great river’s tides. Belonging to neither land nor sea, they cling to one another in a motley yet kindly society. There is Maurice, by occupation a male prostitute, by happenstance a receiver of stolen goods. And Richard, a buttoned-up ex-navy man whose boat dominates the Reach. Then there is Nenna, a faithful but abandoned wife, the diffident mother of two young girls running wild on the waterfront streets.

It is Nenna’s domestic predicament that, as it deepens, draws the relations among this scrubby community together into ever more complex and comic patterns. The result is one of Fitzgerald’s greatest triumphs, a novel the Booker judges deemed “flawless.”


Past novels have included:
Offshore, Penelope Fitzgerald
White Dog Fell From the Sky, Eleanor Morse
Embers, Sandor Marai
The Whistling Season, Ivan Doig
All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
An Unnecessary Woman,Rabih Alameddine
Franny & Zooey
, J.D. Salinger
Orphan Master's Son
, Adam Johnson
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, Reif Larsen
The Sound of Things Falling, Juan Gabriel Vasquez
Identity, Milan Kundera
Surfacing, Margaret Atwood
The Sea-Wolf, Jack London
The All of It, Jeannette Haien
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra
The Space Between Us, Thrity Umrigar
Fools, Joan Silber
Remarkable Creatures, Tracy Chevalier
The Son, Phillip Meyer
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler
The Reader, Bernard Schink
The Day of the Locust, Nathaneal West
A Woman in Jerusalem, A.B. Yehoshua
Mrs. Bridge, Evan S. Connell
The Weight of Water, Anita Shreve
Regeneration, Pat Barker
The Stranger, Albert Camus
The Statement, Brian Moore
Hunger, Elise Blackwell
To Siberia, Per Petterson
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Brian Moore
July's People, Nadine Gordimer
An Artist of the Floating World, Kazuo Ishiguro
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
Music of a Life, Andrei Makine
Comedy in a Minor Key, Hans Keilson
Being Dead, Jim Crace
Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson
The Lover, Marguerite Duras
Samurai's Garden, Gail Tsukiyama
Ignorance, Milan Kundera
Crow Lake,  Mary Lawson
Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee
Music of a Life, Andrei Makine

 

 

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