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April Book Group Meeting on Zoom — April 13, Monday, 2 pm

Ready to discuss a book?  This time a book written by a BAIN member!!  I​n April we will be discussing Hand Me The River, by Cynthia Mitchell.  Cynthia has agreed to be with us for this virtual meeting!  It will be held at 2 pm on April ​13 on Zoom.  The book is only available (electronically) at Amazon.com and is very affordable.  

Please RSVP from the account you want to use for the meeting to tonilin@aol.com and you will be put on the list to receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting.  If you are new to Zoom, email tonilin@aol.com to arrange a test run.

The list of books to be discussed for the remainder of 2020 is somewhat in flux because of the current health situation, but the tentative list follows.  As always, we will meet the second Monday of each month at 2 pm.  Watch for changes here on the website and also in your email.  Comments are always welcome.

We missed the discussion of Sapiens that many of you were looking forward to.  Depending on how the Zoom meeting is received, we may want to schedule a meeting to discuss it.  Let tonilin@aol.com know how  you feel about it.

Title Author Pages Publication Month
Next Year in Havana Chanel Cleeton 394 2018 May
Fleishman Is in Trouble Taffy Brodesser-Akner 376 2019 June
The Muralist B. A. Shapir 369 2015 July
The Beautiful and Damned F. Scott Fitzgerald 218 1922 August
Fruit of the Drunken Tree Ingrid Rojas Contreras 304 2018 September
What I Loved Siri Hustvedt 386 2004 October
Aunt Julia and the Script Writer Mario Vargas Llhosa 388 2011 November
Disappearing Earth  Julia Phillips 262 2019 December
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Ocean Vuong 256 2019 Jan-21

Temporary Suspension of Transportation

Published recently by the Minister of Transportation of Argentina.  Below is the link to Mario Meoni’s announcement.  Also below is the gist of the communication in English.

Highlights:  Starting at midnight on March 19th, all domestic planes, long distance trains and buses are suspended completely until midnight March 25.  This is to prevent people who are not taking the health crisis seriously from travelling during the long weekend (March 23 and 24 are holidays in Argentina). They will also be checking roads. The government wants people to understand that they have to stay indoors and are not on vacation. Normal buses and trains will take only seated people, no passengers will be allowed to stand.

Link to official video  https://youtu.be/RRhYTCDQc90

Monthly Social — Recoleta Grand Hotel — Friday, March 27 — 6 – 8 pm

The March Social will be held at the Recoleta Grand Hotel, Las Heras 1745.  Please join us on Friday, March 27 from 6 to 8 pm.  Meet the many new members and greet those who are back in town.

At the social, BAIN Downtown members will pay an entrance of 300 pesos. The guest fee is 500 pesos.  Light appetizers will be provided, and members and guests can purchase drinks with a 2 for 1 special BAIN Downtown offer.

Please send your RSVP to tonilin@aol.com.

Location: Recoleta Grand Hotel, Las Heras 1745, CABA

Fees:      BAIN Downtown members – 300 pesos         Guests – 500 pesos*

*If you join BAIN Downtown at the meeting, your guest fee is waived. The fee to join BAIN for one year’s membership is currently 1000 pesos.

P.S.  Two more things.  The photo contest and the BAIN Survey!!  Please give us your input.  baindowntown@gmail.com.

Monthly Social — Recoleta Grand Hotel — 6 pm — Friday, February 28, 2020

The second BAIN DT social of 2020 will be held at the Recoleta Grand Hotel, Las Heras 1745.  Please join us on Friday, February 28 from 6 to 8 pm.  Meet the many new members and greet those who are back in town.

At the social, BAIN Downtown members will pay an entrance of 300 pesos. The guest fee is 500 pesos.  Light appetizers will be provided, and members and guests can purchase drinks with a 2 for 1 special BAIN Downtown offer.

Please send your RSVP to tonilin@aol.com.

Location: Recoleta Grand Hotel, Las Heras 1745, CABA

Fees:      BAIN Downtown members – 300 pesos         Guests – 500 pesos*

*If you join BAIN Downtown at the meeting, your guest fee is waived. The fee to join BAIN for one year’s membership is currently 1000 pesos.

March Book Group — Monday, March 16 — 2 pm — Recoleta

This month the BAIN Book Group meets on Monday, March 16.  We usually meet on the second Monday of each month — but not this March!  At the March meeting we will be discussing Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari.​  RSVP to jimvillage@icloud.com for the location of the March meeting.​

I​n April we will be discussing Hand Me The River, by BAIN DT member Cynthia Mitchell.  Cynthia has agreed to be with us for the meeting!  It will be held at 2 pm on April ​13.  

Votes for books to be read over the rest of 2020 have been tallied.  Email tonilin@aol.com to get a copy of the tentative schedule and titles.

Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari. 2018, 443 pages.  “Sapiens tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world, and it is written in unforgettably vivid language.” (Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, and The World until Yesterday)

“Sapiens is learned, thought-provoking and crisply written…. Fascinating.” (Wall Street Journal)

“In Sapiens, Harari delves deep into our history as a species to help us understand who we are and what made us this way. An engrossing read.” (Dan Ariely, New York Times Bestselling author of Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty)

“Yuval Noah Harari’s celebrated Sapiens does for human evolution what Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time did for physics.… He does a superb job of outlining our slow emergence and eventual domination of the planet.” (Forbes)

Ladies´ Night Out — Thursday, February 20 — 7:30 pm

Please RSVP to silporta@hotmail.com

Hello BAIN Downtown and Suburbs ladies! We are back! So join us for this month’s Ladies Night Out special.
The plan is to meet at a special place in Palermo. La Dolfina Polo Bar is a clothes store selling the famous polo team brand with a very cool bar in the back.  Check the link and you will fall in love with it

https://www.facebook.com/ldpolobar/

There will be lively conversation, drinks and nibbles and the most important … time with girlfriends!

First time? Don’t be shy. We are waiting to welcome you.
When: Thursday, February 20th
Where: La Dolfina Polo Bar Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 3301,
Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Hope to see you there!
Silvia
+54-911-30733039

Book Group — Monday, February 10, 2 pm, Barrio Norte

The BAIN Book Group meets on the second Monday of each month — in February on the 10th at 2 pm in Barrio Norte.  At the February meeting we will be discussing Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah.  In March, we will be discussing Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari.

RSVP to tonilin@aol.com for the location of the February meeting and to let us know you will be coming.

If you have not voted for your reading preferences for the rest of 2020, please email tonilin@aol.com. Your input is vital!!

Born a Crime, Stories of a South African Childhood, Trevor Noah.  2017, 304 pages.  #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.
NAMED ONE OF PASTE’S BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York Times • USA Today • San Francisco Chronicle • NPR • Esquire • Newsday • Booklist

 

Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari. 2018, 443 pages.  “Sapiens tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world, and it is written in unforgettably vivid language.” (Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and SteelCollapse, and The World until Yesterday)

Sapiens is learned, thought-provoking and crisply written…. Fascinating.” (Wall Street Journal)

“In Sapiens, Harari delves deep into our history as a species to help us understand who we are and what made us this way. An engrossing read.” (Dan Ariely, New York Times Bestselling author of Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty)

“Yuval Noah Harari’s celebrated Sapiens does for human evolution what Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time did for physics.… He does a superb job of outlining our slow emergence and eventual domination of the planet.” (Forbes)

Date Change!! Palacio Barolo and Lunch — Wedesday, February 12 — 11 am

We’d love you to join us for a visit to one of the oldest and still most spectacular views of Buenos Aires and lunch.

WHERE: Palacio Barolo & Salon 1923, Avenida de Mayo 1370

WHEN: Wedesday, February 12, from 11-14 [1.5 h tour + lunch]
MEETING POINT & TIME: 10:50 in the center of Palacio Barolo lobby
HOW TO GET THERE: Buses 60, 39, Metro A Saenz Peña
RSVP: +5491136782558 or Deirdre.malone@gmail.com
PRICE: ARS 1600 to include guided tour in English, lunch with sharing plates at Salon 1923 with a glass of wine, fresh lemonade or soft drink including tip & a Trivia Quiz about this fascinating building.

PALACIO BAROLO
Designed by Italian architect Mario Palanti for the businessman Luigi Barolo with many allegorical architectural references to classical poet Dante Alighieri´s Divine Comedy, Palacio Barolo is divided into three sections, heaven, hell and purgatory. Departing from hell, we’ll take the stairway to heaven, reaching the dome, which was inspired  by the indian temples Hawa Mahal in Jaipur and Rajarani in Bhubaneswar.

Inaugurated in 1923, the building was the tallest in South America until the construction of the Kavanagh building in 1935. It was also the first reinforced concrete building measuring more than 100 m and is topped by a searchlight which originally was able to communicate with a twin building, the Palacio Salvo, over the other side of the Río de la Plata in Montevideo, Uruguay.The Buenos Aires City Government undertook a restoration of the building in 2010, which included making the searchlight operational again, for the celebration of Argentina’s bicentenary.

Note there is some walking at the end of the tour up to the lighthouse via a spiral staircase.

SALON 1923

Situated on the 16th floor of Palacio Barolo, decorated to recreate a 1920s ambiance, the Salon has two terraces and a lovely lounge.

Wine & Tapas — Palermo — Saturday, February 15, 8 to 11 pm

Please join BAIN​ Downtown for an evening of wine, tapas, and friendly conversation.

Location: Palermo – Exact address provided upon RSVP

Date: Saturday 15th February

Time:  8.00 – 11.00

Bring wine, finger food, and your sparkling self to join other BAIN members in a night of socializing and making new friends.  We look forward to catching up with you!

Please RSVP to: dansmithmaryland@aol.com

The address will be sent to you via email response.

New to Buenos Aires? New to BAIN Downtown, or is this your first Wine & Tapas? It’s easier than you think! Two of our members have graciously opened their doors to create a social environment for any BAIN member interested in attending.

If you are interested in becoming one of these fabulous hosts or if you have any questions about the event, please contact Venetia Featherstone-Witty: email address  chefvenetia@yahoo.com

  • This event is limited to current BAIN Downtown members only, and their personal guests.  If you are interested in becoming a member of BAIN Downtown, please contact bain.downtown@gmail.com
  • Wine & Tapas is held in a member’s private home.  Please extend your host the courtesy of an RSVP, and if it turns out that you can’t come, inform your host of that fact in advance of the event.

Vote for Book Group Reads for 2020 — return form by February 7

Readers, please choose 10 from among the 26 books listed as candidates for 2020 reading by the BAIN Book Group.  Even if you won’t be in town for every meeting, anyone interested is invited to vote.  Fiction, non-fiction, books in translation, classics, they are all on the list.  Give 10 points to your favorite, 9 points to your next favorite, etc.    Address comments, get the form, and return the form to Tonilin@aol.com.  In a continued effort to please everyone …  Toni will forward you to the voting form if the list below doesn’t serve you.

Vote Title Author Pages Year
1 News of a Kidnapping Gabriel Garcia Marquez 291 1996
2 No One Writes to the Colonel Gabriel Garcia Marquez 69 1978
3 The Beautiful and Damned F. Scott Fitzgerald 218 1922
4 Aunt Julia and the Script Writer Mario Vargas Llhosa 388 2011
5 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich: A Novel Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 201 1962
6 The Blazing World Siri Hustvedt 369 2014
7 What I Loved Siri Hustvedt 386 2004
8 All Over Creation Ruth Ozeki 432 2004
9 The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating Elisabeth Tova Bailey 209 2013
10 Spell of the Sensuous Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World David Abrams 368 2012
11 God’s Hotel: A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine — Victoria Sweet 372 2012
12 The Muralist B. A. Shapir 369 2015
13 Fruit of the Drunken Tree Ingrid Rojas Contreras 304 2018
14 Next Year in Havana Chanel Cleeton 394 2018
15 Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria Beverly Daniel Tatum 358 2017
16 The Indigo Girl Natasha Boyd 343 2017
17 Where’d You Go, Bernadette Maria Semple 335 2012
18 A Single Thread Tracy Chevalier 331 2019
19 Disappearing Earth Julia Phillips 262 2019
20 Fleishman Is in Trouble Taffy Brodesser-Akner 376 2019
21 On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Ocean Vuong 256 2019
22 Red at the Bone Jacqueline Woodson 207 2019
23 Three Women Lisa Taddeo 320 2019
24 Kitchen House Kathleen Grissom 368 2010
25 Gilead Marilynne Robinson 247 2004
26 Everything I Never Told You Celeste Ng 298 2014
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