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World Voices Book Group at Southeast Library


All discussions are free - no registration is required.
Just read the book prior to the meeting!



The Sound of Falling Things

by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm

When Antonio Yammara reads that a hippo has escaped from a zoo in Bogota once owned by notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, he recalls the era when Escobar's cartel clashed violently with the Columbian government and Antonio saw  a friend murdered.



by Jo Nesbo

Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 6:30 pm

A twisty, plot-driven Hitchcockian thriller starring an Oslo headhunter, Roger Brown, legendary in the city's high-end business world for never recommending an executive who wasn't hired. But behind the image, Roger has deep trouble: in order to keep his art-gallery-owner wife, Diana, he moonlights as an art thief.


The Elegance of the Hedgehog

by Muriel Barbery

Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Though short, ugly, and plump, Renee has, as she says, always been poor, but she has a secret: she's a ferocious autodidact who's better versed in literature and the arts than any of the building's snobby residents. Meanwhile, supersmart 12-year-old Paloma Josse, lives in the building with her wealthy, liberal family. Having grasped life's futility early on, Paloma plans to commit suicide on her 13th birthday



A Thousand Splendid Suns

by Khaled Hossein

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Mariam is the scorned illegitimate daughter of a wealthy businessman, forced at age 15 into marrying the 40-year-old Rasheed, who grows increasingly brutal as she fails to produce a child. Eighteen years later, Rasheed takes another wife, 14-year-old, Laila, a smart and spirited girl whose only other options, after her parents are killed by rocket fire, are prostitution or starvation.


Cutting for Stone

by Abraham Verghese

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Sister Mary Joseph Praise, a devout young nun, leaves the south Indian state of Kerala in 1947 for a missionary post in Yemen. During the arduous sea voyage, she saves the life of an English doctor bound for Ethiopia, Thomas Stone, who becomes a key player in her destiny when they meet up again at Missing Hospital in Addis Ababa.



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23115 S. Arlington Ave.