Book Club Selection for June

Cover image of the novel The Yacoubian Building, by Alaa Al AswanyWorn with time, the majestic Art Deco Yacoubian building shines in its quiet, ever-watchful manner in downtown Cairo, namesake of its builder’s ambitions and a stolid witness to its share of history. Time has also had its way with the unfulfilled lives of the motley group of residents of this decadent building, among them a student, a politician, a seductress, an aging aristocrat, and a newspaper editor. Written with compassion and humor by Alaa Al Aswany, one of Egypt’s giants of modern literature, the stories of the residents of the Yacoubian Building are slowly and lovingly revealed to the reader, re-enforcing the notion that humanity is a language spoken by all, ignorant of race, nationality, religion, age, and condition.

The Mt. Pleasant Library Book Club meets the first Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at La Casa, located right next door to the interim library. For more information, please contact Ana Elisa de Campos Salles at

Note: due to the 4th of July holiday, we will be meeting Wednesday, July 6, same time, same place.