This club meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM. We like to read all kinds of books that provoke thoughtful and entertaining discussions. Everybody is welcome to join in!
This month, we are reading A Man in Full by Tom Wolffe.
"The setting is Atlanta, Georgia a racially mixed, late-century boomtown full of fresh wealth and wily politicians. The protagonist is Charles Croker, once a college football star, now a late-middle-aged Atlanta conglomerate king whose outsize ego has at last hit up against reality. Charlie has a 29,000 acre quail-shooting plantation, a young and demanding second wife, and a half-empty office complex with a staggering load of debt. Meanwhile, Conrad Hensley, idealistic young father of two, is laid off from his job at the Croker Global Foods warehouse near Oakland and finds himself spiraling into the lower depths of the American legal system. And back in Atlanta, when star Georgia Tech running back Fareek the Canon Fanon, a homegrown product of the city s slums, is accused of date-raping the daughter of a pillar of the white establishment, upscale black lawyer Roger White II is asked to represent Fanon and help keep the city s delicate racial balance from blowing sky-high." — Publisher Marketing
The Mystery book club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM. Our Mystery club is facilitated by author Ann Parker. The discussions are exciting and entertaining as all aspects of the stories are brought up. Our facilitator adds another perspective to the group's discussions as well, since she can look at the books from a mystery author's point of view.
This month, we're reading Jane Steele. A satirical retelling of Jane Eyre where the titular Jane must hide a murderous past while discovering the secrets hidden in her family estate.
"A sensitive orphan, Jane Steele suffers first at the hands of her spiteful aunt and predatory cousin, then at a grim school where she fights for her very life until escaping to London, leaving the corpses of her tormentors behind her. After years of hiding from the law while penning macabre "last confessions" of the recently hanged, Jane thrills at discovering an advertisement. Her aunt has died and her childhood home has a new master: Mr. Charles Thornfield, who seeks a governess.
Burning to know whether she is in fact the rightful heir, Jane takes the position incognito and learns that Highgate House is full of marvelously strange new residents. As Jane catches ominous glimpses of the pair's violent history and falls in love with the gruffly tragic Mr. Thornfield, she faces a terrible dilemma: Can she possess him--body, soul, and secrets--without revealing her own murderous past?" — Publisher Marketing
The Sci-Fi book club meets every second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM. Whether you're a long time science fiction fan or just want to dip your toes into the genre, everyone is welcome to attend Towne Center Books' Sci-Fi Book Club!
This month we're reading Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. An unsettling yet deeply human look at a possible post-apocalypse, where art and humanity continue after tragedy.
"Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear. That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end.
Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band's existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed" —Publisher Marketing
This club meets on the fourth Monday of every month. Each discussion is lead by Brian Mahoney, who works closely with the national Great Books Group to give you an excellent reading experience. People all over the country are discussing these books and selections, why don't you join in?
This month we are reading two selections from the Civically Engaged Reader anthology collected by the Great Books Foundation. The Civically Engaged Reader selections "invite reflection on all kinds of civic-minded activities—from giving and serving to leading and associating—and on the vital connections between thought and service." This month, the two texts we are reading from the Civically Engaged Reader are from the GIVING selections. They include "Where Were We" by Dave Eggers and "The Reveries of the Solitary Walker" by Jean-Jacques Russeau.
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