Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Discuss the Latest and Greatest Books with the Novel T’s Book Club

The Novel T’s Book Club meets at the Monrovia Public Library every fourth Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. to discuss literary works selected by the members, with a representation of both fiction and non-fiction. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver provoked lively discussion in October.  Barbara Kingsolver has earned many accolades for her writing and Flight Behavior didn't disappoint. The group touched upon the topics of climate change, poverty and its effects on families, how the media alters our perception of major events, and the concept of community that is so important to Ms. Kingsolver in her writings. This is one of the must read novels of the year, and received a resounding thumbs up among Novel T’s members.

On November 26 we'll turn our attention to a work of non-fiction - a book that has climbed to the top of the bestseller charts: Zealot: the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, the author sheds new light on one of history’s most influential and enigmatic characters. Jesus lived in an age awash in apocalyptic fervor. Scores of Jewish prophets, preachers, and would-be messiahs wandered through the Holy Land, bearing messages from God. Jesus was a charismatic Galilean who defied both the imperial authorities and their allies in the Jewish religious hierarchy. Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against historical sources, Aslan describes a man of contradictions and mystery.
In December, Novel T's takes a holiday break and resumes January 28, 2014. Our first selection of the new year is The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, followed by What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty on February 25, 2014. All are welcome to join the Novel T’s in the Library Community Room.

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