The Book Club meets the third Friday each month, 7:30 - 9 pm, at the Old Parish House, 4711 Knox Road, to discuss a book that has been selected by the group. Our theme is literary non-fiction by women, though we have been known to read a novel or something by a man. Our meetings are informal and you are welcome even if you did not finish the book!
Some of our favorite books have included: Alex and Me, by Irene Pepperberg (a scientist writes about the amazing parrot she worked with for 28 years); Reading Lolita in Tehran, by Azar Nafisi (an Iranian professor of English Literature writes about her experience of the Revolution and her belief in the importance of English literature); Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel (an illustrated autobiography, comic book style); Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi (another "graphic novel" by another Iranian woman). We sometimes go on outings as well: including trips to see the movie of "Persepolis" together, and to see the movie "Julie and Julia" after we read both the books it was based on.
Here is the list for Spring 2013:
Jan. 18, Darwin's Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution, by Rebecca Stott
Feb. 15, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed.
March 15, George, Nicholas and Wilhelm: Three Royal Cousins and the Road to World War I, by Miranda Carter
April 19, Why Be Happy When you Could be Normal, by Jeanette Winterson
May 17, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, by Madeleine Albright
June 14, Swimming Up the Sun: A Memoir of Adoption, by Nicole Burton
July 19, The Red Leather Diary, by Lily Koppel
If you are interested, please rsvp by emailing email@example.com; our schedule is subject to change.