Octavia Books Book Club

Octavia Books Book Club - November 2012

Event date: 

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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The Octavia Book Club invites you to a discussion of Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son.

"A daring and remarkable novel."-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother-a singer "stolen" to Pyongyang-and an influential father who runs a work camp for orphans. Superiors in the state soon recognize the boy's loyalty and keen instincts. Considering himself "a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world," Jun Do rises in the ranks. He becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress "so pure, she didn't know what starving people looked like."

In this epic, critically acclaimed tour de force, Adam Johnson provides a riveting portrait of a world rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love.

 

The Octavia Books Book Club meets at 10:30AM on the 3rd Saturday morning of each month (except December) and is open to book lovers. Please feel welcome to join us!

Octavia Books Book Club - October 2012

Event date: 

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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The Octavia Book Club invites you to a discussion of SWAMPLANDIA! by Karen Russell.

Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. But when illness fells Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, the family is plunged into chaos; her father withdraws, her sister falls in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, defects to a rival park called The World of Darkness. As Ava sets out on a mission through the magical swamps to save them all, we are drawn into a lush and bravely imagined debut that takes us to the shimmering edge of reality.

A New York Times Best Book of the Year
One of Granta's Best Young American Novelists
Selected for the New Yorker's 20 Under 40
Nominated for the Orange Prize 

 

The Octavia Books Book Club meets at 10:30AM on the 3rd Saturday morning of each month (except Decemeber) and is open to book lovers. Please feel welcome to join us!

Octavia Books Book Club - September 2012

Event date: 

Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Join the Octavia Book Club for a discussion of Julian Barnes's The Sense of an Ending, winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize.

A novel so compelling that it begs to be read in a single setting, The Sense of an Ending has the psychological and emotional depth and sophistication of Henry James at his best, and is a stunning new chapter in Julian Barnes's oeuvre.
 
This intense novel follows Tony Webster, a middle-aged man, as he contends with a past he never thought much about—until his closest childhood friends return with a vengeance: one of them from the grave, another maddeningly present. Tony thought he left this all behind as he built a life for himself, and his career has provided him with a secure retirement and an amicable relationship with his ex-wife and daughter, who now has a family of her own. But when he is presented with a mysterious legacy, he is forced to revise his estimation of his own nature and place in the world.

The Octavia Books Book Club meets at 10:30AM on the 3rd Saturday morning of each month (except Decemeber) and is open to book lovers. Please feel welcome to join us!

Octavia Books Book Club - August 2012

Event date: 

Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Join the Octavia Book Club for a discussion of The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje.

In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the "cat's table"--as far from the Captain's Table as can be--with a ragtag group of "insignificant" adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship crosses the Indian Ocean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury. But there are other diversions as well: they are first exposed to the magical worlds of jazz, women, and literature by their eccentric fellow travelers, and together they spy on a shackled prisoner, his crime and fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever. By turns poignant and electrifying, "The Cat's Table" is a spellbinding story about the magical, often forbidden, discoveries of childhood, and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a spectacular sea voyage.

The Octavia Books Book Club meets at 10:30AM on the 3rd Saturday morning of each month and is open to book lovers. Please feel welcome to join us!

Octavia Books Book Club - May 2012

Event date: 

Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Join the Octavia Book Club for a discussion of DEVIL AMONGST THE LAWYERS by Sharyn McCrumb.

“Ms. McCrumb writes with quiet fire and maybe a little mountain magic. . . . She plucks the mysteries from people’s lives and works these dark narrative threads into Appalachian legends older than the hills. Like every true storyteller, she has the Sight.”—The New York Times Book Review

The Octavia Books Book Club meets at 10:30AM on the 3rd Saturday morning of each month and is open to book lovers. Please feel welcome to join us!

Octavia Books Book Club - February 2012

Event date: 

Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 10:30am

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Join the Octavia Book Club for a discussion of Barbara Kingsolver's THE LACUNA

The Octavia Books Book Club normally meets at 10:30AM on the 3nd Saturday morning of each month; but for February the meeting was advanced to the first week to avoid Mardi Gras parade traffic.  The book club is open to all book lovers. Please feel welcome to join us!

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