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March Book Group — March 13 at ICANA in Belgrano — 2 to 4 pm

Location:  Our location for this meeting is ICANA, 3 de Febrero between Maure and Gorostiaga, Aula B in Sector Casa. Tell the guard you are with the BAIN Group.

Please join us for a discussion of The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro.  Whether or not you have read the book, you are welcome to join us.  We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 2 pm.  Please RSVP to tonilin@aol.com.

A list of the books to be read for the remainder of 2018 is below.

Author Title Pages Meeting Date
Virginia Woolf Mrs Dolloway 76  

April 10, 2018

Virginia Woolf A Room of One’s Own 112
Sun Tzu The Art of War 273 May 8, 2018
Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest 64  

June 12, 2018

Oscar Wilde

 

The Picture of Dorian Gray 176
Henry James The Portrait of a Lady 640 July 10, 2018
Amy Goldstein Janesville: An American Story 368 August 8, 2018
Fyodor Dostoevsky The Idiot 720 September 11, 2018
James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 190 October 9, 2018
Amos Oz My Michael 253 November 13, 2018
Amor Towles A Gentleman in Moscow 468 December 11, 2018

February Book Group — February 13 at 2 pm — Location Change!!

Location has changed to Caballito.  RSVP to Tonilin@aol.com for address.

Please join us for a discussion of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.  Whether or not you have read the book, you are welcome to join us.  We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 2 pm.  Please RSVP to tonilin@aol.com.

A list of the books to be read in 2018 is below.

Author Title Pages Meeting Date
Kazuo Ishiguro The Remains of the Day 258 March 13, 2018
Virginia Woolf Mrs Dolloway 76  

April 10, 2018

Virginia Woolf A Room of One’s Own 112
Sun Tzu The Art of War 273 May 8, 2018
Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest 64  

June 12, 2018

Oscar Wilde

 

The Picture of Dorian Gray 176
Henry James The Portrait of a Lady 640 July 10, 2018
Amy Goldstein Janesville: An American Story 368 August 8, 2018
Fyodor Dostoevsky The Idiot 720 September 11, 2018
James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 190 October 9, 2018
Amos Oz My Michael 253 November 13, 2018
Amor Towles A Gentleman in Moscow 468 December 11, 2018

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

 

Book Group – December Meeting Postponed til January

Happy Holidays from the BAIN Book Group. We have become quite an enthusiastic group – 9 people in attendance at our last meeting to discuss The Stranger by Albert Camus.

The November meeting was our last for 2017.

A list of the books we are scheduled to read for the first two months of 2018 is below. We will be voting on the books for the remaining 10 months at the January meeting and by email, so send your suggestions to Toni Quintana (tonilin@aol.com), who is compiling the list.

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.

On January 9, 2018, we will discuss The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson.
In February we will discuss The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.

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.

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.

Questions and comments can be addressed to Toni at tonilin@aol.com.

Book Group – Tuesday, November 14, 2 pm, at ICANA in Belgrano

Please join us, whether you have read the book or not, to discuss The Stranger by Albert Camus.

At this Book Group meeting, you can purchase your tickets to the BAIN Downtown End-of-Year Event. The End-of-Year Event is Thursday, November 16 at Pur Sang in Recoleta.​ ​Ticket prices are: Members – 700 p​esos (after October 31 – 800 pesos); Non-Members – 900 pesos.

On December 12 we will discuss The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson.

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

The Orphan Master’s Son – 443 pages by Adam Johnson — 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. Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother – a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang – and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return. Considering himself “a humble citizen of the greatest nation in the world,” Jun Do becomes a professional kidnapper who must navigate the shifting rules, arbitrary violence, and baffling demands of his Korean overlords in order to stay alive. Driven to the absolute limit of what any human being could endure, he boldly takes on the treacherous role of rival to Kim Jong Il in an attempt to save the woman he loves, Sun Moon, a legendary actress “so pure, she didn’t know what starving people looked like.” Part breathless thriller, part story of innocence lost, part story of romantic love, The Orphan Master’s Son is also a riveting portrait of a world heretofore hidden from view: a North Korea rife with hunger, corruption, and casual cruelty but also camaraderie, stolen moments of beauty, and love. A towering literary achievement, The Orphan Master’s Son ushers Adam Johnson into the small group of today’s greatest writers.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane – 384 pages by Lisa See

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. Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives. In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city. After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley’s happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations. 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.

Book Group — Tuesday, October 10 at 2 pm — ICANA in Belgrano

RSVP to tonilin@aol.com

Please join us to discuss The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (384 pages). We welcome your presence whether you have read the book or not.

Our location for the second Tuesday of every month is ICANA, 3 de Febrero between Maure and Gorostiaga, Aula B in Sector Casa. Tell the guard you are with the BAIN Group.

A list of the books we are scheduled to read for the remainder of 2017 is below.  We need your help with suggested reading for 2018.  Bring ideas to the meeting!

November The Puttermesser Papers by Cynthia Ozick (256 pages)
December to be decided — suggestions?

Book Group — September 12 at 2 pm at ICANA in Belgrano

RSVP to tonilin@aol.com

Please join us to discuss Regeneration by Pat Barker (256 pages). We welcome your presence whether you have read the book or not.

Our location for the second Tuesday of every month is ICANA, 3 de Febrero between Maure and Gorostiaga, Aula B in Sector Casa. Tell the guard you are with the BAIN Group.

A list of the books we are scheduled to read for the remainder of 2017 is below.

October          The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (384 pages)
November      The Puttermesser Papers by Cynthia Ozick (256 pages)
December      to be decided — suggestions?

Book Group — August 8 — 2 pm — ICANA in Belgrano

RSVP to tonilin@aol.com

Please join us to discuss Memories of a Marriage by Louis Begley. We welcome your presence whether you have read the book or not.

Our location for the second Tuesday of every month is ICANA, 3 de Febrero between Maure and Gorostiaga, Aula B in Sector Casa. Tell the guard you are with the BAIN Group.

A list of the books we are scheduled to read for the remainder of 2017 is below.
September     Regeneration Pat Barker (256 pages)
October          The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen (384 pages)
November      The Puttermesser Papers Cynthia Ozick (256 pages)
December      Anything is Possible Elizabeth Strout (273 pages)

Book Group — July 11 at ICANA in Belgrano — 2 pm

RSVP to tonilin@aol.com.

Please join us to discuss Salt by Mark Kurlansky. We welcome your presence whether you have read the book or not.

Our location for the second Tuesday of every month is ICANA, 3 de Febrero between Maure and Gorostiaga, Aula B in Sector Casa. Tell the guard you are with the BAIN Group.

A list of the books we are scheduled to read for the remainder of 2017 is below.
August Memories of a Marriage Louis Begley (206 pages)
September Regeneration Pat Barker (256 pages)
October The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen (384 pages)
November The Puttermesser Papers Cynthia Ozick (256 pages)
December Anything is Possible Elizabeth Strout (273 pages)

June Book Group — June 13 2 pm at ICANA in Belgrano

RSVP to tonilin@aol.com.

Please join us to discuss Beside the Ocean of Time, by George Mackay Brown. We welcome your presence whether you have read the book or not.

Our new location for the second Tuesday of every month is ICANA, 3 de Febrero between Maure and Gorostiaga, Aula B in Sector Casa. Tell the guard you are with the BAIN Group.

A list of the books we are scheduled to read for the remainder of 2017 is below.
June–Beside the Ocean of Time–George Mackay Brown (208 pages)
July–Salt–Nayyirah Waheed (258 pages)
August–Memories of a Marriage–Louis Begley (206 pages)
September            Regeneration                                     Pat Barker (256 pages)
October                 The Sympathizer                               Viet Thanh Nguyen (384 pages)
November             Puttermesser Papers                        Cynthia Ozick (256 pages)
December              Anything is Possible                        Elizabeth Strout (273 pages)

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