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1st Monday Book Group

1st Mondays, 2:30pm
Next: January 7, 2019 Conference Room

(main floor of City Hall)

What we're reading:
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Carson McCullers

From Amazon:

With the publication of her first novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers, all of twenty-three, became a literary sensation. With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters' inner lives, the novel is considered McCullers' finest work, an enduring masterpiece first published by Houghton Mifflin in 1940. At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one yearns for escape from small town life. When Singer's mute companion goes insane, Singer moves into the Kelly house, where Mick Kelly, the book's heroine (and loosely based on McCullers), finds solace in her music. Wonderfully attuned to the spiritual isolation that underlies the human condition, and with a deft sense for racial tensions in the South, McCullers spins a haunting, unforgettable story that gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated—and, through Mick Kelly, gives voice to the quiet, intensely personal search for beauty.

Richard Wright praised Carson McCullers for her ability "to rise above the pressures of her environment and embrace white and black humanity in one sweep of apprehension and tenderness." She writes "with a sweep and certainty that are overwhelming," said the New York Times. McCullers became an overnight literary sensation, but her novel has endured, just as timely and powerful today as when it was first published. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is Carson McCullers at her most compassionate, endearing best.

Past novels have included:

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers
Plainsong
, Kent Haruf
The Buried Giant
, Kazuo Ishiguro
Orlando
, Virginia Woolf
This Must Be the Place,
Maggie O'Farrell
Never Let Me Go
, Kazuo Ishiguro
Mrs. Dalloway
, Virginia Woolf
The Submission
, Amy Waldman
Taft
, Ann Patchett
Goodbye, Columbus
, Philip Roth
The Hours
, Michael Cunningham
The Noise of Time
, Julian Barnes
How Proust can Change Your Life
, Alain de Botton
A Piece of the World
, Christina Baker Kline
The Enchanted April
, Elizabeth Von Arnim
Mothering Sunday
, Graham Swift
The Awakening
, Kate Chopin
Little Paris Bookshop,
Nina George
84, Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff
The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein
A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway
Divisadero, Michael Ondaatje
Joe Jones, Anne Lamott
The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
Amsterdam, Ian McEwan
To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
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