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.
“Outdoor activities?” “Do you mean reading outside?”
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
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
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
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
Here’s our list for the coming year. Check the Branch Calendar for details.
Oct 3 Mary Coin By Marissa Silver
Nov 7 Primates of 5th Avenue By Wednesday Martin
Dec 5 The Orchardist By Amanda Coplin
Jan 2 America’s First Daughter By Stephanie Drays and Laura Kamoie
Feb 6 The Mandibles: A Family 2029-2047 By Lionel Shriver
Mar 6 The Last Days of Night By Graham Moore
Apr 3 Catch 22 By Joseph Heller
May 1 Winter’s Journey By Diane Armstrong
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!
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.
Here’s our reading list for the coming year:
Sept. 15 Middlemarch, by George Eliot
Oct. 20 My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante
Nov. 17 Margaret the First, by Danielle Dutton
Jan. 19 The Orchardist, by Amanda Coplin
Feb. 16 The Dove’s Necklace, by Raja Alem
Mar. 16 Crusoe’s Daughter, by Jane Gardam
April 20 The Door, by Magda Szabo
May 18 Suspended Sentences:Three Novellas, by Patrick Modiano
See the Branch Calendar to find out how to join us!
Here are the books we will read and discuss in the coming year:
Oct 4: Waiting for Snow in Havana, by Carlos Eire
Nov 1: Blood, Bones and Butter, by Gabrielle Hamilton
Dec 6: Still Life, by Louise Penny
Jan 3: Elizabeth is Missing, by Emma Healey
Feb 7: Winter Men, by Jesper Bugge Kold
Mar 7: Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren
April 4: The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen
May 2: Every Last One, by Anna Quindlen
See the Branch Calendar for meeting details.
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!