The Amerikahaus Literary Circle is a free English book club open to the public. Meetings (usually) take place in the Amerikahaus in Munich on the first Wednesday of each month from October through July.
The titles are nominated and voted upon by the members twice a year.
Meetings and Titles for 2017
11 January 2017: Every Day Is for the Thief by Teju Cole
Originally published in 2007, Teju Cole's first novel recounts the travels of a young man who returns to Nigeria after fifteen years in New York. In resplendent and excruciating detail, Every Day Is for the Thief candidly tells of this homecoming into a world of political and spiritual corruption.
8 February 2017: A Lost Lady by Willa Cather
First published in 1923, A Lost Lady by Willa Cather is set in a small town along the Transcontinental Railroad. The novel, which would go on to inspire F. Scott Fitzgerald to write The Great Gatsby, details the change of life in the West from the age of noble pioneers to one of unremitting capitalist expansion.
8 March 2017: Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1980, Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson—with exquisite poetry—tells a story of three generations of women. The novel won the PEN/Hemingway Award for best first novel; it was also named one of the best novels of all time by the The Guardian and one of the best novels of the twentieth century by TIME magazine.
5 April 2017: The Sellout by Paul Beatty
In October 2016, Paul Beatty became the first American to win the prestigious Man Booker Prize for The Sellout, which takes place in Los Angeles and concerns a protagonist who grows artisanal marijuana and watermelons. The novel has been hailed as a superlative example of contemporary satire, taking present-day American society to task with its savage wit.
10 May 2017: Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe
Published in 1929, Look Homeward, Angel is Thomas Wolfe's highly autobiographical coming of age story set in a fictionalized incarnation of the author's hometown of Asheville, North Carolina. Famously, Maxwell Perkins, an editor at Charles Scribner's Sons, trimmed 60,000 words from the sprawl of the original manuscript, a collaboration crafting the powerful tale that would launch Wolfe's brilliant and all too brief career.
The Literary Circle is sponsored by the Amerikahaus Verein and the Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations.