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Eola Road Book Discussion

The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost

2020-01-08 18:30:00 2020-01-08 20:00:00 America/Chicago Eola Road Book Discussion Eola Road Branch's monthly book discussion. January's selection: The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost. Eola Road Branch

Wednesday, January 08
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Add to Calendar 2020-01-08 18:30:00 2020-01-08 20:00:00 America/Chicago Eola Road Book Discussion Eola Road Branch's monthly book discussion. January's selection: The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost. Eola Road Branch

Eola Road Branch

Eola 108 Small Meeting Room

Eola Road Branch's monthly book discussion. January's selection: The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost.

Join us for Eola Road Branch's monthly book discussion group. We read a variety of fiction and non-fiction and meet once a month for discussion. Contact discussion leader Elke Lange-Lalos at 630-264-3437 for a copy of the book.

Book description:

At the age of twenty-six, Maarten Troost—who had been pushing the snooze button on the alarm clock of life by racking up useless graduate degrees and muddling through a series of temp jobs—decided to pack up his flip-flops and move to Tarawa, a remote South Pacific island in the Republic of Kiribati. He was restless and lacked direction, and the idea of dropping everything and moving to the ends of the earth was irresistibly romantic. He should have known better.

The Sex Lives of Cannibals tells the hilarious story of what happens when Troost discovers that Tarawa is not the island paradise he dreamed of. Falling into one amusing misadventure after another, Troost struggles through relentless, stifling heat, a variety of deadly bacteria, polluted seas, toxic fish—all in a country where the only music to be heard for miles around is “La Macarena.” He and his stalwart girlfriend Sylvia spend the next two years battling incompetent government officials, alarmingly large critters, erratic electricity, and a paucity of food options (including the Great Beer Crisis); and contending with a bizarre cast of local characters, including “Half-Dead Fred” and the self-proclaimed Poet Laureate of Tarawa (a British drunkard who’s never written a poem in his life).

With The Sex Lives of Cannibals, Maarten Troost has delivered one of the most original, rip-roaringly funny travelogues in years—one that will leave you thankful for staples of American civilization such as coffee, regular showers, and tabloid news, and that will provide the ultimate vicarious adventure.

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Eola Road Branch

Phone: 630-264-3400
Fax: 630-898-5220
Branch manager
Becky Clark

Hours
Mon, Jan 13 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Jan 14 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Jan 15 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Thu, Jan 16 9:00AM to 8:00PM
Fri, Jan 17 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Jan 18 9:00AM to 6:00PM
Sun, Jan 19 12:00PM to 6:00PM

About the branch

This branch shares the Eola Community Center buiding with the Fox Valley Park District. It offers a quiet reading room with a fireplace, study rooms and a family computer lab. The Eola Road Branch has public meeting rooms that may be used for community programs. 

 

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