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Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group

 

When:  Second Thursday of each month from 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. New members welcome! Come to one or all meetings. Books are available at the front desk.
Where:  The Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery
Facilitated by: Patricia Moore
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2019  Selections

 

 


  

November 14

Murder in the Model City: The Black Panthers, Yale, and the Redemption of a Killer

Paul Bass and Douglas W. Rae


May 20, 1969: Four members of the Black Panther Party trudge through woods outside of New Haven, Connecticut. Gunshots shatter the silence. Three men emerge from the woods. Nine Panthers would be tried for crimes committed that night, including National Chairman Bobby Seale, extradited from California. The book includes the story of Warren Kimbro – star community worker turned Panther assassin – who faces an uphill battle to turn his life around. Moderated by Dick

 

December 12

This Boy’s Life  Movie discussed also    

Then 5 pm holiday get-together

Tobias Wolff

 

In this unforgettable memoir of boyhood in the 1950s, Toby Wolff is by turns tough and vulnerable, crafty and bumbling, and ultimately winning. Separated by divorce from his father and brother, Toby and his mother are constantly on the move. Between themselves they develop an almost telepathic trust. Fighting for identity and self-respect against the unrelenting hostility of a new stepfather, Toby's growing up is at once poignant and comical. Moderated by Audrey


 

January 9, 2020

Elsewhere: A Memoir

Richard Russo

 

This memoir is a hilarious, moving, and always surprising account of Russo’s life, his parents, and the upstate New York town they all struggled variously to escape. Redemption is always the prize in a Russo story. Nowhere do we see that more clearly than in this brave book in which a writer spins deprivation into advantage, suffering into wisdom, and a broken mother into a muse. Moderated by Valerie

 

February 13

Hunger:  A Memoir of (my) Body

Roxane Gay

 

Describing her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Gay understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. She explores her past – including the act of violence that was a turning point in her young life – and her journey to save herself.  She explores what it means to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious food, and a smaller and safer body in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes. Moderated by Jocelyn

 

March 12

Lab Girl

Hope Jahren

 

A powerful memoir . . . Jahren is a remarkable scientist who turns out to be a remarkable writer as well. Think Stephen Jay Gould or Oliver Sacks. But Hope Jahren is a woman in science, who speaks plainly to just how rugged that can be. And to the incredible machinery of life around us. Moderated by Diane

 

April 9

An American Sickness:  How Health Care Became
Big Business and How You Can Take It Back

Elizabeth Rosenthal

 

Perhaps no institution has unraveled more quickly and more completely than American medicine. Breaking down this monolithic business into the individual industries—the hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, and drug manufacturers—of our healthcare system, Rosenthal exposes the recent evolution of American medicine. How did healthcare, the caring endeavor, become healthcare, the highly profitable industry? The system is in tatters, but we can fight back.  Moderated by Christine

 

May 14

The Soul of America: The Battle for our Better Angels

Jon Meacham

 

Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. While the American story has not always — or even often — been heroic, we are sustained by a belief in progress even in the gloomiest of times.  Moderated by Denise

 

June 11

2020-21 Book Selection, and

Heart Berries:  A Memoir

Terese Marie Mailhot

 

How does a woman raised on a reservation in Canada forge a life story in the face of a culture hell bent on keeping her quiet and calm? This fierce and poetic memoir grips you from the start and never lets go. Each page, paragraph and sentence is more gut-wrenching than the one before it. It is shot through with funny, angry, beautiful, brutal truths. An illuminating account of grief, abuse and the complex nature of the Native experience, it is raw and achingly beautiful. Moderated by Kathy

 

July 9

Educated

Tara Westover

 

Born to survivalists in Idaho, Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that no one ensured the children received an education, and no one intervened when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara tried a new life. Her quest for knowledge took her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Moderated by Marie

List as of June 14, 2019

 

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