December '13 (12/11/13) - The Goldfinch (part 2) by Donna Tartt. "Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old
New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art."
January '14 (01/08/14) - Empire Falls by Richard Russo. "Miles Roby has been slinging burgers at the Empire Grill for 20 years, a job that cost him his college education and much of his self-respect. What keeps him there? It could be his bright, sensitive daughter Tick, who needs all his help surviving the local high school. Or maybe it’s Janine, Miles’ soon-to-be ex-wife, who’s taken up with a noxiously vain health-club proprietor. Or perhaps it’s the imperious Francine Whiting, who owns everything in town–and seems to believe that “everything” includes Miles himself. In Empire Falls Richard Russo delves deep into the blue-collar heart of America in a work that overflows with hilarity, heartache, and grace."
February '14 (02/12/14) - The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain. "Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald."
Midtown Book Group
Wednesday, December 11, 8:00 PM
The Midtown Book Group meets at Barnes & Noble @ Tech Square (5th & Spring) the 2nd Wednesday of each month @ 8 pm to discuss and enjoy great literature. We have a terrific, mixed group of Midtown neighbors & book lovers who participate for always-lively conversation: young and old(er), male and female, professionals, students, work-at-home moms, house people and condo dwellers, all are welcome! We meet in the upstairs conversation area in the back corner of the Computer/Music section at Barnes & Noble. Midtown Book Group members receive a 20% discount on the Monthly Book Selection at B&N @ GeorgiaTech.
Please sign up at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MNAbookclub for updates and information.