Book Discussion Group:
Come find out why this book group has such a devoted following! Thoughtful, lively, provocative discussions focus on the best new and classic literature and non-fiction. Moderated discussions dig into the books to get the most from them, yet we also have a lot of fun.
Thursday, September 9, 12:00 p.m.
Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari
A favorite book of President Obama and Bill Gates and an international best seller, this highly original book is a very readable and groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.” Harari begins his history about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role that evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives and connect past developments with contemporary concerns. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years.
Thursday, December 2, 12:00 p.m.
Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
This brilliant novel established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the 20th century. The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of “the Brotherhood,” and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be. The book is a passionate, suspenseful, and funny tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, Joyce, and Dostoevsky.
FREE, but advance registration strongly suggested. Contact Peggy Kurtz at [email protected].