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Life, in 80-minute increments

Apr 04, 2018

Thomaston — The Thomaston Intergenerational Book Club will discuss "The Housekeeper and the Professor” by Yoko Ogawa Tuesday, April 17, at 2:30 p.m. in the main room of the library, located in the Thomaston Academy building on Main Street/Route 1.

Set in modern Japan, the tale is narrated by the Housekeeper; the book’s other characters are known only as the Professor; Root, the Housekeeper’s 10-year-old son; and Sister-in-Law. A brilliant mathematician, the Professor was seriously injured in a car accident and his short-term memory only lasts for 80 minutes. He can remember his theorems and favorite baseball players, but the Housekeeper must reintroduce herself every morning, sometimes several times a day. The Professor adores Root and is able to connect with the child through baseball. The Housekeeper learns how to work with him until they can come together on common ground … at least for 80 minutes.

On the third Tuesday of every month, the Intergenerational Book Club, a group of men and women of all ages, comes together at the library to share opinions and ideas about the book selection. All are welcome. Those who live in Thomaston and would like to attend but need a ride should call the library at 354-2453 a week before the discussion. For the complete list of all the books chosen for 2018, visit

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