Come enjoy lively discussions in a small group setting once a month @ the library.
Morning groups meet the 2nd Thursday at 10:30 am.
Evening groups meet the 3rd Thursday at 6:00 pm.
Both groups will read the same book: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
2006 Booklist Review of The Book Thief:
Death is the narrator of this lengthy, powerful story of a town in Nazi Germany. He is a kindly, caring Death, overwhelmed by the souls he has to collect from people in the gas chambers, from soldiers on the battlefields, and from civilians killed in bombings. Death focuses on a young orphan, Liesl; her loving foster parents; the Jewish fugitive they are hiding; and a wild but gentle teen neighbor, Rudy, who defies the Hitler Youth and convinces Liesl to steal for fun. After Liesl learns to read, she steals books from everywhere. When she reads a book in the bomb shelter, even a Nazi woman is enthralled. Then the book thief writes her own story. There’s too much commentary at the outset, and too much switching from past to present time, but as in Zusak’s enthralling I Am the Messenger (2004), the astonishing characters, drawn without sentimentality, will grab readers. More than the overt message about the power of words, it’s Liesl’s confrontation with horrifying cruelty and her discovery of kindness in unexpected places that tell the heartbreaking truth.
Copies of the book will be available to group members to borrow or to purchase.
For more information call (423)434-4454, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or inquire at the Information Desk on the 2nd floor of the library.