January Book Discussion — Tuesday, January 9, 2 pm, ICANA, 3 de Febrero 821


Please join us for a discussion of The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson.  Whether or not you have read the book, you are welcome to join us at ICANA in Belgrano at 2 pm.  The address is 3 de Febrero 821.  We meet on the second Tuesday of the Month at 2 pm.  Please RSVP to tonilin@aol.com.

In February we will discuss The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.

A list of the books to choose from to be read in 2018 is below. We will be voting on the books for the remaining 10 months of the year at the January meeting and by email, so send your votes to Toni Quintana (tonilin@aol.com).  Or bring your rated list to the January meeting.

Our location for the second Tuesday of every month is ICANA, 3 de Febrero 821 between Maure and Gorostiaga, Aula B in Sector Casa. Please join us, whether you have read the book or not.

January — The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnson (443 pages) — An epic novel and a thrilling literary discovery, The Orphan Master’s Son follows a young man’s journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world’s most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea. A towering literary achievement, The Orphan Master’s Son ushers Adam Johnson into the small group of today’s greatest writers.

February — The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane – Lisa See (384 pages)
A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.


Candidate Books to be read by the BAIN Book Club during 2018 – please rate your top 5 (5 being most favorite, 1 being least favored)

Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray

James Joyce: A Portrait of the Artisan as a Young Man, Ulysses

Arthur Miller: The crucible

Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness

Henry James: The Portrait of a Lady, The Turn of the Screw

Virginia Woolf: Mrs Dolloway, A Room of One’s Own 4.1 out of 5, 112 pages

Fyodor Dostoevsky: The idiot

Sun Tzu: The Art of War – 3.96 out of 5 — 273 pages

Charles Dickens:  A tale of Two Cities


The year of the death of Ricardo Reis by Jose Saramago

American pastoral by Philip Roth – 423 pages

After dark by Haruki Murakami

1984 by George Orwell – 268 pages

The remains of the day by Kazuo Ishiguro

A heart so white by Julian Marias

My Michael by Amos Oz – rated 3.6 out of 5 – originally published in Hebrew in 1968 – 253 pages

Miami by Joan Didion

The idiot by F. Dostoyevsky

Cousin Babette by Honre de Balzac


The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri – 3.832 out of 5 – 342 pages

Tinkers by Paul Harding – 3.37 out of 5 – 2010 Pulitzer Prize for fiction – 192 pages

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra – 4.16 out of 5 – 416 pages

Grant by Ron Chernow – Nonfiction – 1104 pages

Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein – Non fiction — NPR Best Books of 2017 – 368 pages

A Gentleman in Mosow by Amor Towles

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward – winner of the National Book Award for Fiction, a Time Magazine Best Novel of the Year, Finalist for Kirkus Prize – 304 pages

Five-Carat Soul by James McBride

Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor – 152 pages

Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout – 272 pages


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