Book Group Meeting — Tuesday, October 11

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In October we will discuss Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy. We can have lunch together in Palermo and discuss the book in person afterwards or you can join us on Google Meet at 2 pm, Tuesday, October 11. This is the second Tuesday of the month, as usual. To RSVP and to receive the address or Google Meet ID, please email tonilin@aol.com.

The list of books to be read and discussed by the BAIN Downtown Book Group for the remainder of 2022 appears below. Recommendations for 2023 are welcome. Please!

October 2022 — Migrations – Charlotte McConaghy — 228 pp – 2021— An Amazon Best Book of August 2020: Clear your calendar and settle in for a brilliant and breathless read. Migrations is about a woman who goes to the ends of the earth in search of herself and to track what just might be the last migration of Arctic terns, birds that travel from pole to pole every year. It’s also about love, adventure, climate change, and what happens when a person simultaneously runs away from her past and runs straight towards it. Migrations gets richer with every scene as you learn more about Franny Stone—why she boards a boat full of fishermen, why birds call to her, how she fell in love with her husband, and how death stalks her at every turn. From Antarctica to a prison in Ireland, Australia to Galway, Franny traverses the world and with every turn of the page, you learn more about why she’s always on the move. The novel’s pacing is phenomenal—and the candor, veracity, and clarity with which it’s written make it feel like a memoir. Migrations is confessional, intimate and one of the best books I’ve read this year. —Al Woodworth, Amazon Book Review

November 2022 – The Post Office Girl – Stefan Zweig —  2008 – 278 pp — Never before published in English, this extraordinary book is an unexpected and haunting foray into noir fiction by one of the masters of the psychological novel.

December 2022 — Captains of the Sands – Jorge Amado – 288 pp – 2013 — A Brazilian Lord of the Flies, about a group of boys who live by their wits and daring in the slums of Bahia.  “Amado was writing to save his country’s soul. . . . The scenes where the captains of the sands manage to fool the rich of the city and get away with it would have made Henry Fielding or Charles Dickens proud.” —Colm Tóibín, from the Introduction
“Amado is Brazil’s most illustrious and venerable novelist.”—The New York Times

“Brazil’s leading man of letters . . .  Amado is adored around the world!” —Newsweek

Virtual Book Group on Google Meet — Tuesday, September 13, 2 pm

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In September we will discuss How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue. The meeting will be on Google Meet at 2 pm, Tuesday, September 13. This is the second Tuesday of the month, as usual. To receive the Google Meet ID, please email tonilin@aol.com. The meeting will start at 2 pm.

The list of books to be read and discussed by the BAIN Downtown Book Group for the remainder of 2022 appears below. Recommendations for 2023 are welcome. Please!

September 2022 — How Beautiful We Were — Imbolo Mbue — 2021 — 363 pages — A fearless young woman from a small African village starts a revolution against an American oil company in this sweeping, inspiring novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Behold the Dreamers.

ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times, People ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review,The Washington Post,Esquire, Good Housekeeping,The Christian Science Monitor, Marie ClaireMs. magazine, BookPage,Kirkus Reviews

October 2022 — Migrations – Charlotte Mcconaghy — 228 pp – 2021— An Amazon Best Book of August 2020: Clear your calendar and settle in for a brilliant and breathless read. Migrations is about a woman who goes to the ends of the earth in search of herself and to track what just might be the last migration of Arctic terns, birds that travel from pole to pole every year. It’s also about love, adventure, climate change, and what happens when a person simultaneously runs away from her past and runs straight towards it. Migrations gets richer with every scene as you learn more about Franny Stone—why she boards a boat full of fishermen, why birds call to her, how she fell in love with her husband, and how death stalks her at every turn. From Antarctica to a prison in Ireland, Australia to Galway, Franny traverses the world and with every turn of the page, you learn more about why she’s always on the move. The novel’s pacing is phenomenal—and the candor, veracity, and clarity with which it’s written make it feel like a memoir. Migrations is confessional, intimate and one of the best books I’ve read this year. —Al Woodworth, Amazon Book Review

November 2022 – The Post Office Girl – Stefan Zweig —  2008 – 278 pp — Never before published in English, this extraordinary book is an unexpected and haunting foray into noir fiction by one of the masters of the psychological novel.

December 2022 — Captains of the Sands – Jorge Amado – 288 pp – 2013 — A Brazilian Lord of the Flies, about a group of boys who live by their wits and daring in the slums of Bahia.  “Amado was writing to save his country’s soul. . . . The scenes where the captains of the sands manage to fool the rich of the city and get away with it would have made Henry Fielding or Charles Dickens proud.” —Colm Tóibín, from the Introduction
“Amado is Brazil’s most illustrious and venerable novelist.”—The New York Times

“Brazil’s leading man of letters . . .  Amado is adored around the world!” —Newsweek

Virtual Book Group on Google Meet — Tuesday, August 9, 2022 — at 2 pm

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In August we will discuss The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner. The meeting will be on Google Meets at 2 pm, August 9. This is the second Tuesday of the month, as usual. To receive the Google Meet ID, please email tonilin@aol.com. The meeting will start at 2 pm.

The list of books to be read and discussed by the BAIN Downtown Book Group for the remainder of 2022 appears below. Hope to see you there.

August 2022 — The Spectator Bird – Wallace Stegner – 224 pp — 1976 — This tour-de-force of American literature and a winner of the National Book Award is a profound, intimate, affecting novel from one of the most esteemed literary minds of the last century and a beloved chronicler of the West.  “A fabulously written account of regret, memory and the subtleties and challenges of a long successful marriage. Stegner deals with the dual threads of the novel with aplomb…. A thoughtful, crystalline book.” —Matthew Spencer, The Guardian

September 2022 — How Beautiful We Were — Imbolo Mbue — 2021 — A fearless young woman from a small African village starts a revolution against an American oil company in this sweeping, inspiring novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Behold the Dreamers.

ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times, People ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review,The Washington Post,Esquire, Good Housekeeping,The Christian Science Monitor, Marie ClaireMs. magazine, BookPage,Kirkus Reviews

October 2022 — Migrations – Charlotte Mcconaghy — 228 pp – 2021— An Amazon Best Book of August 2020: Clear your calendar and settle in for a brilliant and breathless read. Migrations is about a woman who goes to the ends of the earth in search of herself and to track what just might be the last migration of Arctic terns, birds that travel from pole to pole every year. It’s also about love, adventure, climate change, and what happens when a person simultaneously runs away from her past and runs straight towards it. Migrations gets richer with every scene as you learn more about Franny Stone—why she boards a boat full of fishermen, why birds call to her, how she fell in love with her husband, and how death stalks her at every turn. From Antarctica to a prison in Ireland, Australia to Galway, Franny traverses the world and with every turn of the page, you learn more about why she’s always on the move. The novel’s pacing is phenomenal—and the candor, veracity, and clarity with which it’s written make it feel like a memoir. Migrations is confessional, intimate and one of the best books I’ve read this year. —Al Woodworth, Amazon Book Review

November 2022 – The Post Office Girl – Stefan Zweig —  2008 – 278 pp — Never before published in English, this extraordinary book is an unexpected and haunting foray into noir fiction by one of the masters of the psychological novel.

December 2022 — Captains of the Sands – Jorge Amado – 288 pp – 2013 — A Brazilian Lord of the Flies, about a group of boys who live by their wits and daring in the slums of Bahia.  “Amado was writing to save his country’s soul. . . . The scenes where the captains of the sands manage to fool the rich of the city and get away with it would have made Henry Fielding or Charles Dickens proud.” —Colm Tóibín, from the Introduction
“Amado is Brazil’s most illustrious and venerable novelist.”—The New York Times

“Brazil’s leading man of letters . . .  Amado is adored around the world!” —Newsweek

Virtual Book Group — June 14 — 2 pm — NOTE NEW TIME

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In June we will discuss No Time to Spare by Ursula Leguin. The meeting will be on Google Meets at 2 pm, June 14. This is the second Tuesday of the month, as usual. To receive the meeting ID, please email tonilin@aol.com. The meeting will be an hour later than usual, to accommodate schedules. Please let us know how this time works for you.

The list of books to be read and discussed by the BAIN Downtown Book Group for the remainder of 2022 appears below. Hope to see you there.

June 2022 — No Time to Spare – Ursula Leguin – 240 pagesAn Amazon Best Book of December 2017: Ursula K. Le Guin is comfortable with her age. Or at least she’s comfortable with the fact that it’s not a completely comfortable arrangement. In the opener to this collection of personal essays, Le Guin notes that, now that she’s in her eighties, all her time is occupied by the activities of life—she has no spare time and no time to spare. Le Guin is a thoughtful and careful writer, and so her opinions are thoughtfully and carefully organized. She knows what she thinks, and she writes so well that you’ll want to return to these candid essays—the product of a blog she started when she was 81 years old—like returning to an older, wiser friend. —Chris Schluep, The Amazon Book Review

July 2022 — The Museum of Modern Love – 304 pp — 2018 —  An Amazon Best Book of December 2018: In any other hands, this novel centered around performance artist Marina Abramovic’s famous 2010 MoMA exhibit titled The Artist Is Present might not have worked. But Heather Rose’s poetic language, at once both accessible and heart-searing, is also a work of art. Movie composer Arky Levin is depressed and isolated from the family he’s known for 24 years after being written out of his wife’s legal wishes when she falls into a coma. He should be working on music for a new animated movie, but instead he finds himself sitting on the sidelines watching Marina’s silent performance every day, and over time, he is completely changed by the experience. This is a captivating story on the improbability of life, the power of art to transform our pain, a meditation on the fluidity of time, and the ruse of human separation. –Marlene Kelly

August 2022 — The Spectator Bird – Wallace Stegner – 224 pp —  2017This tour-de-force of American literature and a winner of the National Book Award is a profound, intimate, affecting novel from one of the most esteemed literary minds of the last century and a beloved chronicler of the West.  “A fabulously written account of regret, memory and the subtleties and challenges of a long successful marriage. Stegner deals with the dual threads of the novel with aplomb…. A thoughtful, crystalline book.” —Matthew Spencer, The Guardian

September 2022 — How Beautiful We Were – 284 pp – 2021 — A fearless young woman from a small African village starts a revolution against an American oil company in this sweeping, inspiring novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Behold the Dreamers.

ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times, People  ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, The Christian Science Monitor, Marie ClaireMs. magazine, BookPage, Kirkus Reviews

October 2022 — Migrations – 228 pp – 2021An Amazon Best Book of August 2020: Clear your calendar and settle in for a brilliant and breathless read. Migrations is about a woman who goes to the ends of the earth in search of herself and to track what just might be the last migration of Arctic terns, birds that travel from pole to pole every year. It’s also about love, adventure, climate change, and what happens when a person simultaneously runs away from her past and runs straight towards it. Migrations gets richer with every scene as you learn more about Franny Stone—why she boards a boat full of fishermen, why birds call to her, how she fell in love with her husband, and how death stalks her at every turn. From Antarctica to a prison in Ireland, Australia to Galway, Franny traverses the world and with every turn of the page, you learn more about why she’s always on the move. The novel’s pacing is phenomenal—and the candor, veracity, and clarity with which it’s written make it feel like a memoir. Migrations is confessional, intimate and one of the best books I’ve read this year. —Al Woodworth, Amazon Book Review

November 2022 – The Post Office Girl – Stefan Zweig —  2008 – 278 pp — Never before published in English, this extraordinary book is an unexpected and haunting foray into noir fiction by one of the masters of the psychological novel.

December 2022Captains of the Sands – Jorge Amado – 288 pp – 2013 — A Brazilian Lord of the Flies, about a group of boys who live by their wits and daring in the slums of Bahia.  “Amado was writing to save his country’s soul. . . . The scenes where the captains of the sands manage to fool the rich of the city and get away with it would have made Henry Fielding or Charles Dickens proud.” —Colm Tóibín, from the Introduction
“Amado is Brazil’s most illustrious and venerable novelist.”—The New York Times

“Brazil’s leading man of letters . . .  Amado is adored around the world!” —Newsweek

Virtual Book Group Meeting – June 8th – 1 pm

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The June book is Treasure Island!!! by Sara Levine.  The meeting will be on Google Meets at 1 pm, June 8. This is the second Tuesday of the month, as usual. To receive the meeting ID, please email tonilin@aol.com.

The list of books to be read and discussed by the BAIN Downtown Book Group for the remainder of 2021 appears below. Hope to see you there.

July 21 lessons for the 21st century Yuval Harari — non-fiction 372 pages, 2019
August Train Dreams  Denis Johnson 116 pages, 2012  
September Shuggie Bain Douglas Stuart 384 pages, 2020
October The Dutch House Anne Patchett 352 pages, 2019
November Margaret the First  Danielle Dutton 160 pages, 2016
December One True Thing  Anna Quindlen 289 pages, 1994
January A Pale View of Hills Kazuo Ishiguro 192 pages, 1982
February Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road Kate Harris – non-fiction 320 pp, 2019

Virtual Book Group Meeting – May 11 – 1 pm

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The May book is Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner.  The meeting will be on Google Meets at 1 pm, the second Tuesday of the month, as usual. To receive the meeting ID, please email tonilin@aol.com.

The list of books to be read and discussed by the BAIN Downtown Book Group for the remainder of 2021 appears below. Hope to see you there.

June Treasure Island!!! Sara Levine 172 pages – 2011
July 21 lessons for the 21st century Yuval Harari — non-fiction 372 pages, 2019
August Train Dreams  Denis Johnson 116 pages, 2012  
September Shuggie Bain Douglas Stuart 384 pages, 2020
October The Dutch House Anne Patchett 352 pages, 2019
November Margaret the First  Danielle Dutton 160 pages, 2016
December One True Thing  Anna Quindlen 289 pages, 1994
January A Pale View of Hills Kazuo Ishiguro 192 pages, 1982
February Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road Kate Harris – non-fiction 320 pp, 2019

Zoom Book Group Meeting – April 13 – 1 pm

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The April book is A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.  It is  long one, so you are forewarned.  Read as much as  you can. 

As always, we meet the second Tuesday of each month at 1 pm, this month on April 13. We will probably be meeting on Google Meets, so stat tuned. Please email tonilin@aol.com for details.

The list of books to be read and discussed by the BAIN Downtown Book Group for the remainder of 2021 appears below.

Hope to see you there.

May Leaving the Atocha Station Ben Lerner 181 pages, 2011
June Treasure Island!!! Sara Levine 172 pages – 2011
July 21 lessons for the 21st century Yuval Harari — non-fiction 372 pages, 2019
August Train Dreams  Denis Johnson 116 pages, 2012  
September Shuggie Bain Douglas Stuart 384 pages, 2020
October The Dutch House Anne Patchett 352 pages, 2019
November Margaret the First  Danielle Dutton 160 pages, 2016
December One True Thing  Anna Quindlen 289 pages, 1994
January A Pale View of Hills Kazuo Ishiguro 192 pages, 1982
February Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road Kate Harris – non-fiction 320 pp, 2019
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

Zoom Book Group Meeting – March 9 – 1 pm

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The March book is Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata.  As always, we meet the second Tuesday of each month at 1 pm, this month on March 9. The Zoom sign on is the same as always. If you need the link sent to you, please email tonilin@aol.com.

The list of books to be read and discussed by the BAIN Downtown Book Group for the remainder of 2021 appears below.

Hope to see you there.

       
       
April A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson 544 pages, 2004
May Leaving the Atocha Station Ben Lerner 181 pages, 2011
June Treasure Island!!! Sara Levine 172 pages – 2011
July 21 lessons for the 21st century Yuval Harari — non-fiction 372 pages, 2019
August Train Dreams  Denis Johnson 116 pages, 2012  
September Shuggie Bain Douglas Stuart 384 pages, 2020
October The Dutch House Anne Patchett 352 pages, 2019
November Margaret the First  Danielle Dutton 160 pages, 2016
December One True Thing  Anna Quindlen 289 pages, 1994
January A Pale View of Hills Kazuo Ishiguro 192 pages, 1982
February Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road Kate Harris – non-fiction 320 pp, 2019

Zoom Book Group Meeting – February 9 – 1 pm

The February book is On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong.  As always, we meet the second Tuesday of each month at 1 pm, this month on February 9. The Zoom sign on is the same as always. If you need the link sent to you, please email tonilin@aol.com.

The list of books to be read and discussed by the BAIN Downtown Book Group for the remainder of 20a21 appears below. We meet on the second Hope to see you there.

FebruaryOn Earth We’re Briefly GorgeousOcean Vuong256 pages, 2019  
MarchConvenience Store WomanSayaka Murata, tr. Ginny Tapley Takemori176 pages, 2018
AprilA Short History of Nearly EverythingBill Bryson544 pages, 2004
MayLeaving the Atocha StationBen Lerner181 pages, 2011
JuneTreasure Island!!!Sara Levine172 pages – 2011
July21 lessons for the 21st centuryYuval Harari — non-fiction372 pages, 2019
AugustTrain Dreams Denis Johnson116 pages, 2012  
SeptemberShuggie BainDouglas Stuart384 pages, 2020
OctoberThe Dutch HouseAnne Patchett352 pages, 2019
NovemberMargaret the First Danielle Dutton160 pages, 2016
DecemberOne True Thing Anna Quindlen289 pages, 1994
JanuaryA Pale View of HillsKazuo Ishiguro192 pages, 1982
FebruaryLands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk RoadKate Harris – non-fiction320 pp, 2019

Book Group List for Next 12 Months

If you are reading this, you must be interested in knowing about the BAIN Downtown Book Group!  We would love you to participate.  The list of books to be read and discussed by the BAIN Downtown Book Group appears below. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month, in person or on Zoom, as the situation dictates. Hope to see you there.

February On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Ocean Vuong 256 pages, 2019  
March Convenience Store Woman Sayaka Murata, tr. Ginny Tapley Takemori 176 pages, 2018
April A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson 544 pages, 2004
May Leaving the Atocha Station Ben Lerner 181 pages, 2011
June Treasure Island!!! Sara Levine 172 pages – 2011
July 21 lessons for the 21st century Yuval Harari — non-fiction 372 pages, 2019
August Train Dreams  Denis Johnson 116 pages, 2012  
September Shuggie Bain Douglas Stuart 384 pages, 2020
October The Dutch House Anne Patchett 352 pages, 2019
November Margaret the First  Danielle Dutton 160 pages, 2016
December One True Thing  Anna Quindlen 289 pages, 1994
January A Pale View of Hills Kazuo Ishiguro 192 pages, 1982
February Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road Kate Harris – non-fiction 320 pp, 2019