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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

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)

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)

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

Book Group — January 13 — Barrio Norte — 2 pm

The BAIN Book Group meets on the second Monday of each month.  This month we will meet in Barrio Norte.  Please send your RSVP to tonilin@aol.com for the exact address.  Do not communicate directly with bain.downtown@gmail.com, please.  We really need suggestions for 2020 books.  Please send any and all to tonilin@aol.com.  We look forward to seeing you.

The book for January is Fascism, A Warning — Madeleine Albright, 294 pages.

From the book cover — The twentieth century was defined by the clash between democracy and Fascism, a struggle that created uncertainty about the survival of human freedom and left millions dead. Given these horrors, one might expect the world to reject the spiritual successors to Hitler and Mussolini should they arise in our era. In Fascism: A Warning, Madeleine Albright draws on her experiences as a child in war-torn Europe and her distinguished career as a diplomat to question that assumption.

BAIN Book Group — Monday, December 9 — 2 pm — Caballito

The BAIN Book Group meets on the second Monday of each month.  This month we will meet in Caballito.  Please send your RSVP to tonilin@aol.com for the exact address.  Do not communicate directly with bain.downtown@gmail.com, please.  We really need suggestions for 2020 books.  Please send any and all to tonilin@aol.com.  We look forward to seeing you.

The book for December is The Island of Sea Women – Lisa See, 384 pages.  A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island.

A book that will make you cringe, but eventually pull you in to a friendship that was special and the lives of these women of the sea. It is well written, well researched and the prose is wonderful. It is a novel that shows how much we miss, misjudge, when we fail to forgive.

 

BAIN Book Group — Monday, November 11 — 2 pm — Barrio Norte

The BAIN Book Group meets on the second Monday of each month.  This month we will meet in Barrio Norte.  Please send your RSVP to tonilin@aol.com for the exact address.  Do not communicate directly with bain.downtown@gmail.com, please.  Bring suggestions for future books to the meeting or send suggestions to tonilin@aol.com.  Books for the remainder of 2019 are listed below.

At the November meeting we will be discussing Nothing to be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes.

Books for the Remainder of 2019

November – Nothing to be Frightened Of – Julian Barnes, 258 pages

NATIONAL BESTSELLER,  A NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

A memoir on mortality as only Julian Barnes can write it, one that touches on faith and science and family as well as a rich array of exemplary figures who over the centuries have confronted the same questions he now poses about the most basic fact of life: its inevitable extinction. If the fear of death is “the most rational thing in the world,” how does one contend with it? An atheist at twenty and an agnostic at sixty, Barnes looks into the various arguments for, against, and with God, and at his own bloodline, which has become, following his parents’ death, another realm of mystery.

Deadly serious, masterfully playful, and surprisingly hilarious, Nothing to Be Frightened Of is a riveting display of how this supremely gifted writer goes about his business and a highly personal tour of the human condition and what might follow the final diagnosis.

 

December – The Island of Sea Women – Lisa See, 384 pages

A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island.

A book that will make you cringe, but eventually pull you in to a friendship that was special and the lives of these women of the sea. It is well written, well researched and the prose is wonderful. It is a novel that shows how much we miss, misjudge, when we fail to forgive.

 

Book Group Meeting — Monday, October 14 — 2 pm — Palermo

The BAIN Book Group meets on the second Monday of each month.  This month we will meet in Palermo.  Please send your RSVP to tonilin@aol.com for the exact address.  Do not communicate directly with bain.downtown@gmail.com, please.  Bring suggestions for future books to the meeting or send suggestions to tonilin@aol.com.  Books for the remainder of 2019 are listed below.

At the October meeting we will be discussing Timbuktu, by Paul Oster.

Books for the Remainder of 2019

October — Timbuktu – Paul Auster, 204 pages

Meet discerning and sympathetic Mr. Bones, a dog who is unconditionally faithful to his troubled master, Willy G. Christmas. Auster’s leading human character is once again a tormented writer from Brooklyn who blindly believes in his ideals and willingly chooses to become a vagabond. But the real hero is the four-legged creature who follows him on his impromptu journeys and leads readers through the story.

This is not the kind of work Auster has been praised for, but it proves his hunger for innovation once again. Timbuktu will undoubtedly provoke mixed responses, but that is the price of originality. There is something plain yet mysteriously intricate beneath Auster’s trademark smooth writing.
AMirela Roncevic, “Library Journal”
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

 

November – Nothing to be Frightened Of – Julian Barnes, 258 pages

NATIONAL BESTSELLER,  A NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

A memoir on mortality as only Julian Barnes can write it, one that touches on faith and science and family as well as a rich array of exemplary figures who over the centuries have confronted the same questions he now poses about the most basic fact of life: its inevitable extinction. If the fear of death is “the most rational thing in the world,” how does one contend with it? An atheist at twenty and an agnostic at sixty, Barnes looks into the various arguments for, against, and with God, and at his own bloodline, which has become, following his parents’ death, another realm of mystery.

Deadly serious, masterfully playful, and surprisingly hilarious, Nothing to Be Frightened Of is a riveting display of how this supremely gifted writer goes about his business and a highly personal tour of the human condition and what might follow the final diagnosis.

 

December – The Island of Sea Women – Lisa See, 384 pages

A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island.

A book that will make you cringe, but eventually pull you in to a friendship that was special and the lives of these women of the sea. It is well written, well researched and the prose is wonderful. It is a novel that shows how much we miss, misjudge, when we fail to forgive.

 

September Book Group — Monday, September 9, 2 pm, in Palermo

The BAIN Book Group meets on the second Monday of each month.  This month we will meet in Palermo.  Please send your RSVP to tonilin@aol.com for the exact address.  Do not communicate directly with bain.downtown@gmail.com, please.  Bring suggestions for future books to the meeting or send suggestions to tonilin@aol.com.  Books for the remainder of 2019 are listed below.

At the September meeting we will be discussing The Dutch Wife, by Ellen Keith.

Books for the Remainder of 2019

September – The Dutch Wife, Ellen Keith, 352 pages

From the Netherlands to Germany to Argentina, The Dutch Wife braids together the stories of three individuals who share a dark secret and are entangled in two of the most oppressive reigns of terror in modern history. This is a novel about the blurred lines between love and lust, abuse and resistance, and right and wrong, as well as the capacity for ordinary people to persevere and do the unthinkable in extraordinary circumstances.

 

October — Timbuktu – Paul Auster, 204 pages

Meet discerning and sympathetic Mr. Bones, a dog who is unconditionally faithful to his troubled master, Willy G. Christmas. Auster’s leading human character is once again a tormented writer from Brooklyn who blindly believes in his ideals and willingly chooses to become a vagabond. But the real hero is the four-legged creature who follows him on his impromptu journeys and leads readers through the story.

This is not the kind of work Auster has been praised for, but it proves his hunger for innovation once again. Timbuktu will undoubtedly provoke mixed responses, but that is the price of originality. There is something plain yet mysteriously intricate beneath Auster’s trademark smooth writing.
AMirela Roncevic, “Library Journal”
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

 

November – Nothing to be Frightened Of – Julian Barnes, 258 pages

NATIONAL BESTSELLER,  A NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

A memoir on mortality as only Julian Barnes can write it, one that touches on faith and science and family as well as a rich array of exemplary figures who over the centuries have confronted the same questions he now poses about the most basic fact of life: its inevitable extinction. If the fear of death is “the most rational thing in the world,” how does one contend with it? An atheist at twenty and an agnostic at sixty, Barnes looks into the various arguments for, against, and with God, and at his own bloodline, which has become, following his parents’ death, another realm of mystery.

Deadly serious, masterfully playful, and surprisingly hilarious, Nothing to Be Frightened Of is a riveting display of how this supremely gifted writer goes about his business and a highly personal tour of the human condition and what might follow the final diagnosis.

 

December – The Island of Sea Women – Lisa See, 384 pages

A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island.

A book that will make you cringe, but eventually pull you in to a friendship that was special and the lives of these women of the sea. It is well written, well researched and the prose is wonderful. It is a novel that shows how much we miss, misjudge, when we fail to forgive.

 

August Book Group — Monday, August 12 — 2 pm — Palermo

The BAIN Book Group meets on the second Monday of each month.  This month we will meet in Palermo.  Please send your RSVP to tonilin@aol.com for the exact address.  Do not communicate directly with bain.downtown@gmail.com, please.  Bring suggestions for future books to the meeting or send suggestions to tonilin@aol.com.  Books for the remainder of 2019 are listed below.

At the August meeting we will be discussing Sea Stories, by William H. McRaven.

Books for the Remainder of 2019

August – Sea Stories, William H. McRaven, 353 pages.

Following the success of his #1 New York Times bestseller Make Your Bed, which has sold over one million copies, Admiral William H. McRaven is back with amazing stories of adventure during his career as a Navy SEAL and commander of America’s Special Operations Forces.  Sea Stories is an unforgettable look back on one man’s incredible life, from childhood days sneaking into high-security military sites to a day job of hunting terrorists and rescuing hostages.

“A book to inspire your children and grandchildren to become everything that they can. … Most of all, it is a book that will leave you with tears in your eyes.”

―Wall Street Journal

 

September – The Dutch Wife, Ellen Keith, 352 pages

From the Netherlands to Germany to Argentina, The Dutch Wife braids together the stories of three individuals who share a dark secret and are entangled in two of the most oppressive reigns of terror in modern history. This is a novel about the blurred lines between love and lust, abuse and resistance, and right and wrong, as well as the capacity for ordinary people to persevere and do the unthinkable in extraordinary circumstances.

 

October — Timbuktu – Paul Auster, 204 pages

Meet discerning and sympathetic Mr. Bones, a dog who is unconditionally faithful to his troubled master, Willy G. Christmas. Auster’s leading human character is once again a tormented writer from Brooklyn who blindly believes in his ideals and willingly chooses to become a vagabond. But the real hero is the four-legged creature who follows him on his impromptu journeys and leads readers through the story.

This is not the kind of work Auster has been praised for, but it proves his hunger for innovation once again. Timbuktu will undoubtedly provoke mixed responses, but that is the price of originality. There is something plain yet mysteriously intricate beneath Auster’s trademark smooth writing.
AMirela Roncevic, “Library Journal”
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

 

November – Nothing to be Frightened Of – Julian Barnes, 258 pages

NATIONAL BESTSELLER,  A NEW YORK TIMES BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

A memoir on mortality as only Julian Barnes can write it, one that touches on faith and science and family as well as a rich array of exemplary figures who over the centuries have confronted the same questions he now poses about the most basic fact of life: its inevitable extinction. If the fear of death is “the most rational thing in the world,” how does one contend with it? An atheist at twenty and an agnostic at sixty, Barnes looks into the various arguments for, against, and with God, and at his own bloodline, which has become, following his parents’ death, another realm of mystery.

Deadly serious, masterfully playful, and surprisingly hilarious, Nothing to Be Frightened Of is a riveting display of how this supremely gifted writer goes about his business and a highly personal tour of the human condition and what might follow the final diagnosis.

 

December – The Island of Sea Women – Lisa See, 384 pages

A new novel from Lisa See, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and family secrets on a small Korean island.

A book that will make you cringe, but eventually pull you in to a friendship that was special and the lives of these women of the sea. It is well written, well researched and the prose is wonderful. It is a novel that shows how much we miss, misjudge, when we fail to forgive.

 

 

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