UPCOMING BOOK DISCUSSION

May 4 - 7:00 PM

    The Time Keeper – by Mitch Albom

 

From the author who's inspired millions worldwide with books like Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven comes his most imaginative novel yet, The Time Keeper -- a compelling fable about the first man on earth to count the hours. The man who became Father Time.

 

In Mitch Albom's newest work of fiction, the inventor of the world's first clock is punished for trying to measure God's greatest gift. He is banished to a cave and for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

 

He returns to our world -- now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began -- and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.

 

Told in Albom's signature spare, evocative prose, this remarkably original tale will inspire readers everywhere to reconsider their own notions of time, how they spend it and how precious it truly is.

 

Questions: contact Dr. Doug Muir; 630.601 1764; dmuir@notredameparish.org

  

PREVIOUS SELECTIONS

     We Are Not Ourselves

by Matthew Thomas
 

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Matthew Thomas' prose draws the reader into Eileen's heart and mind. The writing is efficient and thoughtful and kind. It is void of cynicism, vulgarity, and irony. The novel offers a portrait, and, through this portrait, it provokes us to consider what exactly it means to be human. How much of who we are is determined by our parents, our siblings, our spouse, our children, even our neighbors? How much of who I am resides in whom I love and who loves me? Finally, how much do I remain myself if I lose everything, even my memory?

 

Someone: A Novel 

by Alice McDermott

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Church of Mercy by Pope Francis
   
Collected from Pope Francis' speeches, homilies and papers presented during the first year of his papacy, The Church of Mercy is the first Vatican-authorized book detailing his vision for the Catholic Church. From how to be citizens of the world to answering God's call for evangelization, Pope Francis' deep wisdom reminds us that the Church must move beyond its own walls and joyfully fring God's mercy wherever suffering, division, or injustice exists.
    
    
    
    
THE SPARROW by Mary Doria Russell
 
 In 2019, humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from a planet which will come to be known as Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight-person scientific expedition of its own. What the Jesuits find is a world so beyond comprehension that it will lead them to question the meaning of being "human." When the lone survivor of the expedition, Emilio Sandoz, returns to Earth in 2059, he will try to explain what went wrong... Words like "provocative" and "compelling" will come to mind as you read this shocking novel about first contact with a race that creates music akin to both poetry and prayer.