Book Group Meeting — August 12, 2014

Book:  The City And The City (2009)

Author:  China Miéville

Day: Tuesday, August 12th

Time: 3:30 p.m.

NEW Location: Café of Galerna Libreria Address:  Malabia 1784 Gandhi – Palermo


RSVP: (Julia)

Come enjoy your afternoon coffee with us and participate in a lively discussion and suggest your favorite books to other BAIN members.

In our next meeting we will be selecting 2-3 new books to read in our upcoming meetings, so please bring suggestions of titles we can read. We are open to all kinds and genres of books (fiction as well as non-fiction) that present interesting topics and could make for lively conversations. Please bring your selections along with a short summary or description (either your own or from Amazon, etc) to help members decide which books to select.

This month we are reading The City And The City (2009) by China Miéville. The book has been named one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times, the Seattle Times, and Publishers’ Weekly. When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad. To investigate, Borlú must travel from the decaying Beszel to its equal, rival, and intimate neighbor, the vibrant city of Ul Qoma. But this is a border crossing like no other, a journey as psychic as it is physical, a seeing of the unseen.

The book, as always, is available electronically.

Please feel free to join us even if you don’t manage to read the book.

For those who like to prepare in advance, here’s our title for September.

September 9th: The Good Earth (1931, Pulitzer Prize Winner) by Pearl S. Buck.

Nobel Laureate Pearl S. Buck’s epic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel talks about a vanished China and one family’s shifting fortunes. The book steels the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall.

If you have any questions about the titles or meetings of the Book Club, please contact me at

Hope to see you all in August!


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