Moke Hill READS Book Club

Jan 6, 2019 by

Moke Hill READS Book Club

NEXT MEETING:  Tuesday – January 8, 2019, 7 PM, Moke Hill Library/Archives

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, by Adam Rutherford.  Since scientists first read the human genome in 2001, it has been subject to all sorts of claims, counterclaims, and myths. Rutherford explains that DNA determines far less than we have been led to be believe about us as individuals, but vastly more about us as a species. In this captivating journey from Neanderthals to murder, from redheads to race, and from dead kings to plague, Rutherford paints an illuminating new portrait of who we are and how we came to be.

February 5, 2018.  Less, by Andrew Sean Greer. Arthur Less is a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail announcing that his boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. To avoid the event, Less accepts a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world.  He will almost fall in love in Paris, almost fall to his death in Berlin, and barely escape to a Moroccan ski chalet from a Saharan sandstorm.  Somewhere in there: he will turn fifty. NY Time Book Review:  “..Hilarious Pulitzer Prize-winning novel full of arresting lyricism and beauty.

March 5, 2019.  Transcription, by Kate Atkinson.  In 1940, 18-year-old Juliet Armstrong is recruited into espionage by MI5, monitoring comings and goings of Fascist sympathizers.  She finds the work both tedious and terrifying and is relieved by the end of the war. Ten years later, a producer for BBC radio, this past returns and Juliet is once more under threat. It is a different war and different battleground, but actions of her past are reaping consequences.  A novel of power, wit, and empathy, by one of the best writers of our time.

Moke Hill Reads Book Club:  First Tuesday of every month. No commitment, No attendance taken, No restrictions, No membership, No dues. For everyone interested in good books and discussions about them. Sponsored by the Mokelumne Hill Friends of the Library. Send your email address or watch for announcements on mokehill.org and other news sources. Contact Janet Dock:  janetdock@me.com.

 

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