Wednesday Book Club for Men

Wednesday Book Club for Men …and anyone else who wants to come

The Wednesday Book Club for Men focuses on nonfiction with an emphasis on history and biography but also enjoys classic and contemporary fiction. The group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2 pm and welcomes new members of any gender.  

 

BOOK CLUB MEETINGS HAVE MOVED TO ZOOM MEETINGS. PLEASE EMAIL  patricia.r.hallinan@gmail.com
IF YOU WISH TO RECEIVE REMINDERS AND ALERTS.

 

Upcoming selections:

 

Wednesday, February 17
SAPIENS:  a brief history of humankind by Yuval N. Harari

One hundred thousand years ago at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Today there is only one. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? Taking both an historical and biological approach, but Dr. Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition.

 

Wednesday, March 17
LAFAYETTE IN THE SOMEWHAT UNITED STATES by Sarah Vowell

Historian and television/radio personality Sarah Vowell writes a humorous and insightful portrait of the famed Frenchman, the impact he had on our young country, and his ongoing relationship with some of the instrumental Americans of the time, including George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and many more.

 

Wednesday, April 21
The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

It is 1944 and 16-year-old ballerina and gymnast Edith Eger is sent to Auschwitz.  This is about her personal rise above unspeakable suffering and loss and about our own capacity to not only survive but to heal.  Dr. Eger is an eminent psychologist who has helped veterans and other survivors of physical and mental trauma.

 

Wednesday, May 19
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

This classic work of the Great Depression takes place in in Monterey, California and follows  follows the adventures of Mack and the boys, a group of unemployed yet resourceful men who inhabit a converted fishmeal shack on the edge of a vacant lot down on the Row.  The book weaves in poignant tales of other colorful denizens of the Row and paints an unforgettable portrait of the once vital canning district on the brink of its disappearance.

 

Wednesday, June 16
The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson

Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” This is a story of political brinksmanship but also an intimate domestic drama. Drawing on a wealth of untapped sources, including recently declassified files, intelligence reports, and personal diaries only now available, Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family.

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