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If interested in participating in our book discussion group,
please contact Librarian Augie Webb at 415-289-4121, x501 or

1st Monday Book Group
1st Mondays, 2:30pm
Next: November 7, 2016
Conference Room

(main floor)





What we're reading:
Old Filth
Jane Gardam

From Amazon:
Sir Edward Feathers has had a brilliant career, from his early days as a lawyer in Southeast Asia, where he earned the nickname Old Filth (FILTH being an acronym for Failed In London Try Hong Kong) to his final working days as a respected judge at the English bar. Yet through it all he has carried with him the wounds of a difficult and emotionally hollow childhood. Now an eighty-year-old widower living in comfortable seclusion in Dorset, Feathers is finally free from the regimen of work and the sentimental scaffolding that has sustained him throughout his life. He slips back into the past with ever mounting frequency and intensity, and on the tide of these vivid, lyrical musings, Feathers approaches a reckoning with his own history. Not all the old filth, it seems, can be cleaned away.

Borrowing from biography and history, Jane Gardam has written a literary masterpiece reminiscent of Rudyard Kipling's Baa Baa, Black Sheep that retraces much of the twentieth century's torrid and momentous history. Feathers' childhood in Malaya during the British Empire's heyday, his schooling in pre-war England, his professional success in Southeast Asia and his return to England toward the end of the millennium, are vantage points from which the reader can observe the march forward of an eventful era and the steady progress of that man, Sir Edward Feathers, Old Filth himself, who embodies the century's fate.

Past novels have included:
Old Filth, Jane Gardam
A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki
A Room with a View, E.M. Forster
Family Life, Akhil Sharma
Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brian
My Antonia, Willa Cather
Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates
Look Who's Back, Timur Vermes
Our Souls at Night, Kent Haruf
The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes
Close to Home, Peter Robinson
The Bone People, Keri Hulme
The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles
Stoner, John Williams
Becoming Jane Eyre, Sheila Kohler
Shadow Tag, Louise Erdrich
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann
Miss New India, Bharati Mukherjee
Lila, Marilynne Robinson
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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