Tales & Talk: All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

This month’s Tales & Talk book club will meet on Thursday, October 11 from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. to discuss All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. The book was the 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Fiction, and it tells the story of two children from opposing sides in occupied France during World War II. Pulitzer.org commends Doerr for “deftly interweaving the lives of [the children, illuminating] the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.”

Adult Services Librarian, Lisa Williams, will lead this month’s discussion group. She chose All the Light We Cannot See because it not only received enormous critical acclaim, but is also accessible and speaks beautifully to common human experience. She thinks it is an important read because “it’s a book about the loss of innocence, and that’s such a universal theme. Books about that help us understand a crucial human experience, and I think we emerge better able to heal in our own lives and to be more empathetic toward others.”

Tales & Talk is a book club for adults who can commit to attending discussions six times a year. The group meets on the second or third Thursdays of March, April, May, September, October, and November. Lisa says that Tales & Talk is an important library program because part of the joy of reading is growing through sharing your impressions and reactions, and hearing others’. She explains, “To grow intellectually, we must develop the ability to express ourselves in ways that make sense to others, we have to learn to disagree respectfully, and to reassess our own thinking in the light of new experiences and evidence.”

If you’d like to join Tales & Talk, book copies are available for attendees to borrow or purchase. For more information, call 423-434-4454, email phoneroom@jcpl.net, or inquire at the Information Desk on the library’s second floor.

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