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Afternoon Book Group 2019-2020

Here’s the plan for the coming year.
See the Branch Calendar for more details and contact info.

October 1       Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
November 5   Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Invention of Hedy Lamar by Richard
December 3   The Last Palace by Norman Eisen
January 7        Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
February 4     The Spy and The Traitor – The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
by Ben Macintyre
March 3           News of the World by Paulette Jones
April 7              The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse
May 5               Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Luis Zafor

Summer is here!

Good morning. The summer has finally arrived. I am pleased that the three book group schedules and books were posted, especially the non-fiction group. I will be reading at least 5 of them!

Good news mystery lovers. Louise Penny’s new book “Kingdom of the Blind- An Inspector Armand Gamache Novel” will be available end of November. I will pre-order OR buy it the first day on the floor at B&N.

Don’t forget our local bookstores. The Whistlestop in Carlisle, the The Bookworm Bookstore  at the West Shore Farmer’s Market and of course, the Midtown Scholar in Harrisburg. They’re all in good locations for lunch also.

Upcoming books to movies posted in the Patriot News: BlacKkKlansman, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Crazy Rich Asians, Juliet Naked, The Little Stranger, Boy Erased, The Old Man and the Gun, The Hate U Give, The girl in the Spider’s Web, Widows and Bel canto. Hope to see a few.

Enjoy your summer.
The Bookhound
“Outdoor activities?” “Do you mean reading outside?”

2018-19 Nonfiction Book Group

Here’s what AAUW Harrisburg’s Nonfiction Book Group will be reading and discussing in the coming year. See the Branch Calendar for details.

September 6:  Killers of the Moon Flowers by David Grann
October 4: Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
November 1: Red Notice by Bill Browder
January 3: Gertrude Bell:Queen of the Desert by Georgina Howell
February 7: Sisters in Law by Linda Hirshman
March 7: Educated by Tara Westover
April 4: The Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss
May 2: Never Stop Walking by Christina Rickardsson

These books were nominated for review, but were not selected:
Dead Wake by Eric Larson
Galina: A Russian Story by Galina Vishnevskaya
Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halezi
Tuxedo Park by Jennet Conant
A River in Darkness by Masahide Ishikawa
The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough
Natural Causes by Parul Schgal
When Air Becomes Breath by Paul Kalanithi

2018-19 Morning Paperback Book Group

Here’s what AAUW Harrisburg’s Morning Paperback Book Group will be reading and discussing in the coming year. See the Branch Calendar for details.

Sept. 11               American Pastoral by Philip Roth
Oct. 18                Companions  by Christina Hesselholdt
Nov.15                 Evidence of Things Unseen by Marianne Wiggins
Jan.17                 House of Names by Colm Toibin
Feb.21                 The Gardens of Kyoto : A Novel  by Kate Walbert
Mar. 21                American by Day by Derek Miller
April 18               The Leavers  by Lisa Ko
May 16                Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

Books not chosen:
Autumn, Ali Smith
Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston
The Dark Blood Rises, Drabble
Swing Time, Zadie Smith
The Weight of Ink, Rachel Kaddish
Circe, Miller
The Odyssey, Homer
Home, Marilyn Robinson
Norwegian by Night, Miller
Love and Other Considerations, Ford
Perfect Happiness, Lively
The Razor’s Edge, Maugham
Mr Bridge, Connell
The Ninth Hour, McDermott

2018-19 Afternoon Book Group

Here’s what AAUW Harrisburg’s Afternoon Book Group will be reading and discussing in the coming year. See the Branch Calendar for details.
October: Pachinko by Mia Jin Lee
November: Rules of Civility by Amor Towels
December: The Roundhouse by Louise Erdrich
January: Varina by Charles Fraser
February: Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
March: City of Light by Lauren Belfer
April: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
May: Samuel Johnson’s Eternal Return by Martin Riker

Members also liked these books very much:
Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by See
Code Girls by Mundy
Ordinary Grace by Krueger
Bear Town by Backman
Commonwealth by Packett
Exit West by Hamid
My Name is Lucy Barton by Strout
The Golden House by Rushdie
A City of Spies by Kahn
The Ninth Hour by McDermitt
#1 Ladies Detective Agency by Smith

2017-18 Morning Paperback Book Group

Here’s our reading list for the coming year.

Sept. 21           Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Oct. 19             The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Nov. 16            The Sea by John Banville

Jan. 18             Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Feb. 15            A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Mar. 15            The Road by Cormac McCarthy

April 19            The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

May 17            How it all Began by Penelope Lively

See the Branch Calendar to find out how to join us!



NEW in 2017-18 Our Nonfiction Book Group

Here’s our plan for the year:

9/7/17 Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

10/5/17 Glass Universe by Dava Sobel

11/2/17 Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

1/4/18 Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

2/1/18 Black Earth by Timothy Snyder

3/1/18 Earning the Rockies by Robert Kaplan

4/5/18 Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

5/3/18 The Lost City of Z by David Grann

See the Branch Calendar for more details.

Hamlet & Pulitzer Prize Winner

Thoughts shared by Helen:
I thoroughly enjoyed last night’s performance of “Hamlet.” It was a 21st-century, highly modernized, very dynamic production. Dorothy called it “gripping”, and I think it is a wonderful way to describe it. I think Benedict Cumberbatch succeeded in creating his own outstanding Hamlet. Ophelia, Claudius, Polonius were also excellent. Claudius’ soliloquy was probably the most powerful I have ever seen. He appeared to be crushed by the weight of his sin, by the burden of guilt and impossibility of repentance. The most admirable feature of this production, in my view, was that they focused their main attention of the brilliant text itself; they highlighted every word. And another good news: there were quite a few people in the audience, many of them young, even though it was a week-day, late performance. I found it very exciting.
On another matter: Lillian asked if any of Svetlana Alexievich’s works were available in English. Yes, they are – “Voices from Chernobyl” and older “Zinky Boys” (about Soviet soldiers in Afghanistan) and “War’s Unwomanly Faces” (about women in WWII). Her works are similar in genre to Studs Terkel’s “Working” if you remember it: it’s s series of interviews on an issue. She is a courageous and gifted journalist, but the Nobel Prize? I wish it were not so political…
Thank you for sharing!

Reading Lists for 2015-16

The Afternoon Book Group:
Oct 6            A Spool of Blue Thread, By Ann Tyler
Nov 3           Station 11, by Emily St. John Mandel
Jan 5            Norah Webster, by Colm Toibin
Feb 2           Daughters, by Consuelo Saah Baehr
Mar 1           Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
Apr 5            Dead Wake, by Erik Larson
May 3          The Nightingale, by Kristen Hannah
This group meets the first Tuesday of the month. See the Branch Calendar for details.

The Paperback Book Group: 
SEPT 17        The Keeper of the Bees, by Gene Stratton-Porter
OCT. 15         A Mercy, by Toni Morrison
NOV.19         Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
JAN. 21         Children of the Arbat, by Anatoli Rybakov
FEB. 18         A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, by Anthony Mara
MAR. 17       An Unnecessary Woman, by Rabin Alameddine
APRIL 21      Orhan’s Inheritance, by Aline Ohanesian
MAY 19        How To Be Both, by Ali Smith
This group meets the third Thursday of the month. See the Branch Calendar for details.

Blogs & Book Groups

Here is some info about the latest books and blogs you may be interested in and enjoy.  has the dates of previous and upcoming shows about books. This is usually aired between 11-12:00. I enjoyed listening to Margaret Atwood speak about her new book of short stories, Stone Mattress-Nine Tales, and Anjelica Huston’s Watch Me: A Memoir. Upcoming shows are with Richard Flanagan, 2014 Booker Prize winner for The Narrow Road to the Deep North. His father was a WWII Japanese prisoner of war building the Burma Road.

A few of my favorite blogs are: The blogger (Sunday) lives in a beautifully decorated home, travels extensively and posts lovely pictures of books and authors she enjoys. Good collection of Bloomsbury books and photos. (retired in Paris) and posts beautiful and very educational photos and essays about Paris and travels. posts from the Maryland area. She travels to Europe, part of reading groups, former librarian and AAUW member. She posts short videos of operas, book signings, and art exhibits she has attended. Love it.

My favorite magazine, Bookmarks, has a monthly entry of book groups around the country and their recommendations:

Ten Years, 100 Books, Flint, Michigan 15 members
Flight Behavior                        Barbara Kingsolver
The Color of Water                 James McBride
Into the Beautiful North         Luis Alberto Urea                                                                      Assassination Vacation           Sarah Vowell
Orange County Witlits Book Group, Carlsbad, CA  16 members
The Scarlet Letter                        Nathaniel Hawthorne
Snowflower and the Secret Fan            Lisa See
Pope Joan                        Donna Woolfolk Cross
Kappa Kappa Gamma, WVU graduates 14 members
Heartburn                                Norah Ephron
Loving Frank                             Nancy Horan
Unbroken                                 Laura Hillenbrand
The Book Thief                         Marcus Zusak
Skeletons at the Feast             Chris Bohjalian
Destiny of the Republic           Candace Millard
The Master Butcher’s Singing Club                        Louise Erdrich
The Book Group also Carlsbad, CA 11 members
The Children’s Blizzard              David Laskin
The Ghost Map: Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic               Steve Johnson
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle                           Barbara Kingsolver
The Elegance of the Hedgehog               Muriel Burbary
Candide                          Voltaire

Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life by Hermione Lee will be coming out in a few months.

The Republic of Imagination by Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Teheran) is now available.

Hope you enjoy. Best,

The Bookhound
“The only way to have a friend, is to be one.”
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”
And my favorite: “The age of a woman doesn’t mean a thing, the best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.”    Ralph Waldo Emerson