Zoom Book Group — September 14 at 2 pm

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I​n September we will be discussing Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras. The meeting will be held at 2 pm on Monday, September 14 on Zoom.

Please RSVP from the account you want to use for the meeting to tonilin@aol.com and you will 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 and the first two months of 2021 is below.  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.

October — What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt, 386 pages, published 2004

November — Shining New Testament by Cliff Williamson, 600 pages, pre publication

December — Aunt Julia and the Script Writer by Mario Vargas Llhosa, 388 pages, published 2011

January 2021 — Disappearing Earth by  Julia Phillips, 262 pages, published 2019

February 2021 — On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, 256 pages, published 2019

Book Group — August 10 — 2 pm — Zoom

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I​n August we will be discussing The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The meeting will be held at 2 pm on Monday, August 10 on Zoom.

Please RSVP from the account you want to use for the meeting to tonilin@aol.com and you will 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 below.  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.

September — Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras, 304 pages, published 2018

October — What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt, 386 pages, published 2004

November — Shining New Testament by Cliff Williamson, 600 pages, pre publication

December — Aunt Julia and the Script Writer by Mario Vargas Llhosa, 388 pages, published 2011

January 2021 — Disappearing Earth by  Julia Phillips, 262 pages, published 2019

February 2021 — On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, 256 pages, published 2019

July Book Group Meeting — July 13, 2 pm, Zoom

I​n July we will be discussing The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro. The meeting will be held at 2 pm on Monday, July 13 on Zoom.

Please RSVP from the account you want to use for the meeting to tonilin@aol.com and you will 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 below.  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.

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
Shining New Testament Cliff Williamson 600 202x November
Aunt Julia and the Script Writer Mario Vargas Llhosa 388 2011 December
Disappearing Earth  Julia Phillips 262 2019 January
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Ocean Vuong 256 2019 February

June Book Group — Monday, June 8 at 2 pm on Zoom

I​n June we will be discussing Fleishman is in Trouble, by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. The meeting will be held at 2 pm on Monday, June 8 on Zoom.

Please RSVP from the account you want to use for the meeting to tonilin@aol.com and you will 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 below.  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.

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
Shining New Testament Cliff Williamson 600 202x November
Aunt Julia and the Script Writer Mario Vargas Llhosa 388 2011 December
Disappearing Earth  Julia Phillips 262 2019 January
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Ocean Vuong 256 2019 February

May Book Group — Monday, May 11 on Zoom — 2 pm

I​n May we will be discussing Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton. The meeting will be held at 2 pm on May 11 on Zoom.

Please RSVP from the account you want to use for the meeting to tonilin@aol.com and you will 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.

Next Year in Havana —  After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity–and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution… Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba’s tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she’ll need the lessons of her grandmother’s past to help her understand the true meaning of courage.

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
Shining New Testament Cliff Williamson November
Aunt Julia and the Script Writer Mario Vargas Llhosa 388 2011 December
Disappearing Earth  Julia Phillips 262 2019 January
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous Ocean Vuong 256 2019 February

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.