An evening book discussion group reading fiction and nonfiction from around the world. All are welcome! Interested in joining us? Pick up the monthly title anytime at the Checkout Desk, then come by for discussion!
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:00 PM
Wanderlust will move to the 3rd Tuesday of the month in May.
THE REMAINS OF THE DAY
This is Kazuo Ishiguro's profoundly compelling portrait of Stevens, the perfect butler, and of his fading, insular world in post-World War II England. Stevens, at the end of three decades of service at Darlington Hall, spending a day on a country drive, embarks as well on a journey through the past in an effort to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving the "great gentleman," Lord Darlington. But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington's "greatness," and much graver doubts about the nature of his own life.
The Remains of the Day was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 1989, and Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017.
Read or listen to The Remains of the Day on Wisconsin's Digital Library.
The Translator is a suspenseful, harrowing, and deeply moving memoir of how one person has made a difference in the world--an on-the-ground account of one of the biggest stories of our time. Using his high school knowledge of languages as his weapon—while others around him were taking up arms—Daoud Hari has helped inform the world about Darfur. Hari, a Zaghawa tribesman, grew up in a village in the Darfur region of Sudan. In 2003, this traditional life was shattered when helicopter gunships appeared over Darfur’s villages, followed by Sudanese-government-backed militia groups raping and murdering citizens and burning villages.
Though Hari’s village was attacked and destroyed, he was able to escape and lead survivors to safety. When international aid groups and reporters arrived, Hari offered his services as a translator and guide. He risked his life again and again, for the government of Sudan had outlawed journalists in the region, and death was the punishment for those who aided the “foreign spies.” And then, inevitably, his luck ran out and he was captured.
The Translator tells the remarkable story of a man who came face-to-face with genocide—time and again risking his own life to fight injustice and save his people.
Read or listen to The Translator on Wisconsin's Digital Library.
Upcoming Discussion Titles
CRAZY RICH ASIANS
BORN A CRIME
Nonfiction, South Africa
THE NOISE OF TIME
DEEP DOWN DARK
THE BAD-ASS LIBRARIANS OF TIMBUKTU