WORLD VOICES BOOK GROUP
Southeast Branch Library
23115 S. Arlington Ave.
Torrance, CA 90501
All discussions are free - no registration is required.
Just read the book prior to the meeting
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa
Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 6:30 pm
He is a brilliant math Professor with a peculiar problem -- ever since a traumatic head injury, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short-term memory. She is an astute young Housekeeper, with a ten-year-old son, who is hired to care for him. And every morning, as the Professor and the Housekeeper are introduced to each other anew, a strange and beautiful relationship blossoms between them. Though he cannot hold memories for long (his brain is like a tape that begins to erase itself every eighty minutes), the Professor's mind is still alive with elegant equations from the past. And the numbers, in all of their articulate order, reveal a sheltering and poetic world to both the Housekeeper and her young son.
Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
Thursday, October 1st at 6:30 pm
In a crumbling house in the remote northeastern Himalayas, an embittered, elderly judge finds his peaceful retirement turned upside down by the arrival of his orphaned granddaughter, Sai.
The Island by Victoria Hislop
Thursday, October 29th at 6:30 p.m.
Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her mother's past. But Sofia has never spoken of it. All she admits to is growing up in a small Cretan village before moving to London. When Alexis decides to visit Crete, however, Sofia gives her daughter a letter to take to an old friend ... Arriving in Plaka, Alexis is astonished at its proximity to the deserted island of Spinalonga - Greece's former leper colony.
Wise Woman by Philippa Gregory
Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at 6:30 pm
After her abbey is burned by allies of King Henry VIII, Alys is summoned to the castle and tempted by luxury and desire for Lord Hugo, but his shrewd wife is watching, and Alys must use her powers to fend off accusations of witchcraft and lust.