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Tales & Talk Book Discussion Group

Tales & Talk is a book discussion group sponsored by the Johnson City Public Library.

Membership is open to all adults. The group meets 6 times a year on the 2nd or 3rd Thursday of September, October, November, March, April and May. One of the groups meets in the  morning and the other in the evening. Both groups will read the same book.

The books to be discussed will be available to group members to borrow or to purchase.

Group members may continue the discussions on our blog, Tales & Cyber-talk.

For more information call (423)434-4454, send an e-mail to phoneroom or inquire at the Information Desk on the 2nd floor of the library.

Fall 2014 Discussion Books:

The Lemon Orchard,  by Luanne Rice

September 11, 2014 at 10:30 am
September 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Julia is coping with the recent death of her daughter. Looking for an escape, she takes the opportunity to house-sit for her aunt and uncle when they leave their home in Malibu. Julia brings her dog Bonnie along, and she is hoping for some time away from human contact in order to grieve and recover. During her stay, she takes notice of the man who tends the lemon orchard. Roberto is part of a large family, which he supports by working on the orchard. Despite her plan to seek solitude, Julia can’t help but engage Roberto in conversation. The two of them soon find common ground: Roberto has also lost a daughter. His went missing, and there has been no word since her disappearance. Roberto still clings to the hope that she is out there and alive. The two strangers are able to bond and connect over their stories of loss. “The Lemon Orchard.” 2014. Books & Authors Gale.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

October 9, 2014 at 10:30 am
October 16, 2014 at 6:00 pm

In 1829 Iceland, a woman named Agnes Magnusdottir and two others are found guilty of savagely murdering her criminal master and his friend. Because the area does not have a jail, the prisoners are sent to farms to await execution. Agnes is housed at the farm of a local official and his family. The farm family is disturbed at being forced to quarter a convicted killer, but Agnes soon manages to befriend them to some degree. She confesses much of what happened to a priest, Toti, who offers her spiritual guidance while attempting to discover the truth about the murders. Agnes, however, only provides insight as a monologue within her mind. As execution day draws near, the wife and children of the farm begin to believe that Agnes may not be as guilty as everyone says. The truth seems to be shrouded in accusations of witchcraft. Author Hannah Kent provides historical documents about the true-life case of Agnes Magnusdottir. “Burial Rites.” 2014.   Books & Authors  Gale.

Big Brother by Lionel Shriver

November 13, 2014 at 10:30 am
November 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm

A woman is at a loss to control her morbidly obese brother in the latest feat of unflinching social observation from Shriver…Pandora, the narrator of this smartly turned novel, is a happily settled  40-something living in a just-so Iowa home…Her brother, Edison, is a New York jazz pianist who’s hit the skids, and when he calls hoping to visit for a while, she’s happy to assist. But she’s aghast to discover he’s ballooned from a trim 163 to nearly 400 pounds…the book truly shines as a study of family relationships…Shriver reveals the complex push and pull between siblings and has some wise and troubling things to say about guilt, responsibility and how what can seem like tough love is actually overindulgence. The story’s arc flirts with a cheeriness that’s unusual for her, but a twist ending reassures us this is indeed a Shriver novel and that our certitude is just another human foible…Kirkus Reviews 2013