The Vero Beach Bookies discuss The Overstory by Richard Powers

Monday, November 11th at 10:30 am

vero-beach-reading-group-discusses-the-overstory-by-richard-powers.jpgThe Overstory is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of—and paean to—the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers’s twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. There is a world alongside ours—vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.

The Vero Beach Bookies discuss The Tattooist Of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Monday, December 9th at 10:30 am

vero-beach-reading-group-discusses-the-tattooist-of-auschwitz-by-heather-morris.jpg In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.

Bookies Reading Choices For 2020

Jan 13th Carnegie's Maid by Maria Benedict

Feb 10th Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

March 9th Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

April 13th The Nix by Nathan Hill

May 11th Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

June 8th The Matriarch by Susan Page