Spring Book Group to read Timothy, or, Notes of an Abject Reptile
Date Published: February 27, 2022

On May 19, our book group will discuss Verlyn Klinkenborgs novel Timothy, or, Notes of an Abject Reptile, a delightful reading experience. The Yale Review faculty bookshelf noted the blurb: Few writers have attempted to explore the natural history of a particular animal by adopting the animals own sensibility. But Verlyn Klinkenborg has done just that in Timothy: an insightful and utterly engaging story of the worlds most famous tortoise, whose real life was observed by the eighteenthcentury English curate and naturalist Gilbert White. For thirteen years, Timothy lived in Whites garden. Here Klinkenborg gives the tortoise an unforgettable voice and keen powers of observation on both human and natural affairs. Wry and wise, unexpectedly moving and enchanting at everycarefulturn, Timothy surprises and delights.

Mary Sanders Shartle will lead the discussion.

Although the date of May 19 has been set, the precise time and location has yet to be determined. We will update the date on the website calendar accordingly. in the meantime, please contact the church office if you would like to attend and order of your copy of the book today. (Please consider using the Bethesda AmazonSmile Link if ordering from Amazon).