Book Discussion Group
A Celebration of Reading!
Read each selection & join staffer Michele Reinhart for a spirited discussion!
Last Wednesday of each month at 7 pm in the Conference Room.
- January 29: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Timket – which means “baptism” in Amharic – is one of the biggest celebrations of the year in Ethiopia. On January 19, Ethiopians gather to commemorate Jesus’s baptism with religious ceremonies and feasts. This month, we will mark the beginning of the new year and reflect on the history and culture of Ethiopia by reading and discussing Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese.
The novel takes us from India to Ethiopia to the United States – and back again – but much of the story focuses on orphaned twin boys coming of age in Addis Ababa amidst the political turmoil of the mid-Twentieth Century.
Their very names – Shiva and Marion Stone – bespeak their mixed ethnic and cultural heritage, one parent Indian and one parent British. Although they begin life literally conjoined, competition and conflict eventually tear the brothers apart.
Adopted and raised by two married doctors, Shiva and Marion practically grow up in the very hospital where they were born, steeped in the world of medical science from the earliest age, ultimately becoming doctors themselves. With doctors as protagonists and hospitals as settings, the novel is as much about the human body as it is about the human psyche.
Please check our catalog for available copies of the book and join us for our discussion on the January 29.
- February 26: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
- March 26: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
- April 30: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- May 28: How to Create the Perfect Wife by Wendy Moore
Questions? Call Reference at 614-481-3776.