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Book-of-the-Month Book Club: "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders

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Book-of-the-Month Book Club
"Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders


Visit our Athens Branch to pick up a copy of Lincoln in the Bardo as part of our Book-of-the-Month Book Club!

President Lincoln's beloved son, Willie, dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Lincoln returns to the crypt several times to hold his boy's body. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework.

Adults can check out a copy of the book, and take a list of discussion questions to read over and reflect on after reading the novel. Call the Athens Branch at 715-257-7292 to make an appointment for curbside pickup or for a library visit.

  • Book-of-the-Month Book Club: "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders
    📅 12/112/31/20 CST @ MCPL Athens

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Pick up this gripping historical fiction novel from our Athens Branch, along with a list of questions! 🖶

Staff Reviews

"Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders

★★★★★ Lincoln in the Bardo finds its inspiration in a brief moment in history—a February night in 1862 when President Lincoln visited the grave of his recently deceased eleven-year-old son, Willie—and transforms it into a complex reflection on grief, loss, uncertainty, and regret. Young Willie finds himself in the bardo, a state between the death of his physical body and the release of his spirit into the afterlife, where he is greeted by three long-term residents of this suspended state. These spirits, who seemingly resist the knowledge that... (read more)

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