Literary Circle

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 October 2020 - February 2021

 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 (6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.) - Digital Meeting

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

 

A picaresque novel detailing the French Quarter misadventures of one Ignatius J. Reilly, an eloquent (though slothful) thirty-year-old man living with this mother in New Orleans and looking for work, John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces is that rare literary gem that has garnered accolades both as a cult classic and a mainstream success. Winning the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981, Toole’s masterpiece is now considered an integral work in the canon of modern Southern literature.

 

 

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 (6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.) - Digital Meeting

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Denis Thériault

 

Secretly steaming open envelopes and reading the letters inside, Bilodo has found an escape from his lonely and routine life as a Canadian postman.  When one day he comes across a mysterious letter containing a single haiku, he finds himself avidly caught up in the relationship between a long-distance couple who write to each other using only poetry.  Feasting on their words, Bilodo lives vicariously for the life he longs for—that is, until the world of his design begins to crash around him.

 

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 (6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.) - Digital Meeting

The Tie That Binds by Kent Haruf 

 

In The Tie That Binds, his critically acclaimed first novel, Kent Haruf delivers the sweeping tale of eighty-year-old Edith Goodnough.  Narrated by her neighbor, Edith’s early tragedies unfold with mounting regularity: a tough childhood; a mother’s death; violence that leaves a father dependent on his children, forever enraged.  She is a woman who has sacrificed virtually everything in the name of family—that is, until an unexpected and dramatic gesture inspires her to live authentically otherwise.

 

 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 (6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.) - Digital Meeting

Wanderlust: A History of Walking by Rebecca Solnit

 

Drawing together many histories—from anatomical evolution to city design, from treadmills to labyrinths, from walking clubs to sexual mores—Rebecca Solnit creates a fascinating portrait of the range of possibilities presented by walking. Arguing that such a history includes walking for pleasure as well as for political, aesthetic, and social meaning, Solnit focuses on both pedestrian and extreme walkers, exploring how their ambulatory passions have singularly shaped our culture. 

 

 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 (6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.) - Digital Meeting

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 

 

When handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the town locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself up to a new life. Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a tender coming-of-age story, and a tale of murder and mystery.

 

The Amerikahaus Literary Circle is sponsored by the Amerikahaus Verein and the Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations.