July 15, 2024

July and August Book Discussions

The July book for discussion on Tuesday, July 16, from 6:30-7:30 pm is Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns. Set in Georgia in the fictional town of Cold Sassy in 1906, Cold Sassy Tree tells of small-town Southern life in a bygone era. It follows the life of a 14-year-old Will Tweedy. Will’s grandfather shocks the family when he announces his intention to marry a young lady many years his junior just three weeks after his wife passed away. Will, however, likes Miss Love Simpson, even though she is from Baltimore, so practically a Yankee.

The August book discussion has a replacement title (the original title – The Boys in the Boat – will be read during a later month). On Tuesday, August 20, from 6:30-7:30 pm, the discussion will be on The Diary of Lady Murasaki by Shikibu Murasaki. Derived from the journals of an empress’s tutor and companion, this unique book offers rare glimpses of court life in eleventh-century Japan. Lady Murasaki (circa 973–1025) recounts episodes of drama and intrigue among courtiers as well as the elaborate rituals related to the birth of a prince.