Food for Thought: Museum of Innocence (September 8)

Updated: Aug 24


This year's book discussion will center around major literary prizes. We meet at 5:00 on the 2nd Thursday at the Main Library, 305 Wick Ave.


Our September title is Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. This book is available from OhioLink via Maag Library, and SearchOhio via the The Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County. Most books are available for purchase at the YSU Barnes & Noble.


"Orhan Pamuk favors short chapters that lead the reader from one entry to the next, turning back to correct or amend. He is directorial in The Museum of Innocence, his enchanting new novel of first love painfully sustained over a lifetime. In 83 chapters, a privileged Istanbul resident named Kemal tells of his obsession with Fusun, a beautiful shopgirl. The story of this ill-fated passion is preceded by a map of the city. Pamuk’s earlier readers may recall the broad sweep of the Bosporus, the mosques and market streets, the Pamuk Apartments in Nisantasi, from his historical and autobiographical book of wonders, Istanbul: Memories and the City. Kemal renders all views — the abandoned apartment of his transporting sexual encounters with Fusun, the years of twisting his life out of shape to honor his enduring passion.” --New York Times


Other books in this series:

October 13: (poetry) Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards: Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky November 10: (memoir) Ohioana Book Awards: Furnishing Eternity by David Giffels December 8: (poetry) PEN/ Jean Stein Book Award: Be Holding by Ross Gay January 12: (novel) American Book Award, PEN/Hemingway Award, John Leonard Prize: There, There by Tommy Orange February 9: (essays) National Book Critics Circle Award: A Little Devil in America: Notes In Praise Of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib March 10: (novel) Orange Prize for Fiction: The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht April 13 (non-fiction) National Book Award: All That She Carried by Tiya Miles May 11: (biography) Pulitzer: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

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