Literature

Currently meeting by Zoom  on the Second Monday of the Month at 10:30 am

For the link, please contact Patricia 

2020
August 10—“The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki  This historical novel is the story of Franz Joseph and the woman he marries, Elizabeth, whose nickname is CICI.  This is a sweeping story about this segment of the 19th century and about how women were treated by, in some instance their own relatives.  Dianne Pickar will lead the discussion.
September 14 – “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams.  Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu  discuss the challenges of living a joyful life. Both of the authors faced oppression and exile and yet have been able to maintain their compassion and forgiveness despite this. They share their daily Joy Practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives.  Pat Ross will lead us in our discussion.
October 12—“Sing Unburied Sing,” by Jesmyn Ward.  Is many things: a road novel, a slender epic of three generations and the ghosts that haunt them, and a portrait of what ordinary folk in dire circumstances cleave to as well as what they are trying to out run.  It’s set in the fictional town of Bois Sauvage, Mississippi.  Ellen O’Shaughnessy will lead us in our discussion.
November 9—“How to Be an Antiracist,” by Ibram X. Kendi.  Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas– from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities–that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.  Prema Nayar will lead us in our discussion.
December 14—“Such a Fun Age,” by Kiley Reid.  Is a story of a young black woman who is wrongly accused of kidnapping a white child while babysitting, and the events that follow it. Reid was pursuing her MFA at the University of Iowa during the death of Freddie Gray.  She was “absolutely inspired by the everyday terror” but in the novel, she wanted to explore “instances of racial biases that don’t end in violence, highlighting those moments that we don’t see on the news but still exist every day.”  Susan Jano will lead us in our discussion.
2021
 January 11—“Caste,” by Isabel Wilkerson.  In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.
Pat Ross will lead us in our discussion.
February 8—“The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek,” a novel by Kim Michele Richardson.  In 1936, Bluet is the last of the Kentucky Blues.  In the dusty Appalachian hills, nineteen and blue-skinned, Bluet joins the historical Pack Horse Library Project of Kentucky and becomes a librarian, riding up treacherous mountains on a mule to deliver books to the poor hill communities.  Elviria LaBarre will lead us in our discussion.
March 8–“Murder of Magpies,” by Judith Flanders.  A tremendously entertaining read, this page-turning novel from a bright new crime fiction talent is impossible to put down.  A whip-smart, impeccably crafted mystery, takes readers on a whirlwind tour of London and Paris with an unforgettably original new heroine.  Karen Burkhalter will lead us in our discussion.
April 12—“The Pull of the Stars,” a novel by Emma Donoghue, (author of Room.) In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with an unfamiliar Flu are quarantined together.  Into Julia’s  world step two outsiders: Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper.  MaryAnn Sines will lead us in our discussion.
May 10—“A Long Petal of the Sea,” by Isabel Allende. “One of the strongest and most affecting works in Allende’s long career,” New York Times Book Review.   An epic that starts in 1939 and spans decades and continents…A masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile and belonging, and one that sheds light on the way we live now.  Susan Jano will lead us in our discussion.
June 14—“Florence Adler Swims Forever,” by Rachael Beanland.  Over the course of one summer that begins with a shocking tragedy, three generations of the Adler family grapple with heartbreak, romance and the weight of family secrets.  One thought that pervaded the pages was, what will a family endure to protect and preserve itself?  How much do we ever know about our relationships?   Elviria LaBarre will lead us in our discussion.
July 12—“In the Land of Good Living: A Journey to the Heart of Florida,” by Kent Russell.  A wickedly smart funny, and irresistibly off kilter account of an improbable thousand-mile journey on foot into the heart of modern Florida, the state that Russell calls “America Concentrate.”  Susan Bayley will lead us in our discussion.
August 9—  “All the Devils Are Here,” by Louise Penny.  Bestselling author Louise Penny finds Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec investigating a sinister plot in the City of Light.  On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz.  Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured in what Gamache knows is no accident.  Karen Burkhalter will lead us in our discussion.
Happy Reading!