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What Should the Georgetown Book Club Read Next?

Vote here for upcoming selections

The Georgetown Book Club is again replenishing our reading list! If you are a current or prospective member, please review the titles listed below and vote in the poll at the bottom of this post.  The poll will close on Thursday, May 26 at 5 p.m., and the five titles with the most votes will be added to the group's reading list. 

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An Unnecessary Woman

The Georgetown Book Club's May Selection

The narrator and heart of Rabih Alameddine's 2014 novel An Unnecessary Woman is Aaliya Sohbi, an aging translator living in her home city of Beirut whose perceived place within her family and culture gives the book its title -- yet is far from the whole story. 

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Authorial Intent

Literary Fiction about the literary world

Write what you know. This maxim takes on new meaning in the following works of Literary Fiction, in which authors explore stories set in or near their own professions.   As the characters in these novels grapple with the challenges of working within the literary landscape, they also struggle with personal lives that are in various states of flux -- often because of their work lives -- and in depicting how these characters negotiate their situations, the authors of the following novels display their own professional excellence.

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What Classic Should the Georgetown Book Club Read This Summer?

Vote to select the group's Adult Summer Reading selection

For the third year in a row, the Georgetown Book Club will be celebrating Adult Summer Reading with a throwback selection. This year, the options for that selection include classics both traditional and modern. 

Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor

Picture Books for Fashionistas

Books for Children Who Love All Things Fashion

Do you have a child at home who is obsessed with clothes or shoes?

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All the Light We Cannot See

The Georgetown Book Club's April Selection

Marie-Laure is a blind girl whose life in Paris with her father, a Museum of Natural History locksmith, is upended by the Nazi occupation, which forces the pair to abandon the city for the coast. Werner and his sister are orphans in Essen, Germany, but he is singled out for his technical capabilities, and as a soldier in the war, his skills lead him to an assignment investigating Resistance activity in France.

Poetry Reading

Poetry Reading - Barrett Warner and Donald Illich

National Poetry Month

We continue to celebrate Nation Poetry Month with two readings from well-known local poets, Barrett Warner and Donald Illich on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Margaret Soltan, Associate Professor, English, George Washington University, DC

Poetry Lectures: Professor Margaret Soltan

Three-part lecture series Saturdays April 2, 9, and 16, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Margaret Soltan, Associate Professor, English, George Washington University has kindly agreed to offer a series of lectures at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library celebrating National Poetry Month. The lectures will be offered on three Saturdays: Lecture One: Winter kept us warm:  Poetry as Paradox April 2, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Georgetown Book Club's March Selection

Richard Flanagan's 2014 novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North, winner of the Man Booker Prize, looks closely at how the perils of love and war shape the life of one man. 

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer

Books for Young Bakers

Middle grade novels that incorporate baking

I am normally an outdoorsy person, and with parents who grew up in Maine and Wisconsin, you would think I would spend all winter sledding down hills and finding places to ski.  I love snowshoeing and walking through freshly fallen snow, but I also appreciate cold, snowy afternoons spent indoors with my cats and a hot cup of tea.