Moke Hill READS Book Club

Sep 5, 2021 by

Moke Hill READS Book Club

NEXT MEETING:  Tuesday –September 7, 2021

7 PM, Moke Hill Library/Archives

 September 7, 2021, 7 PM. H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald.   When Helen Macdonald’s father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated.  An experienced falconer since her youth, she undertook the training of a goshawk –notoriously fierce and independent – as a way to assuage her grief.  Helen adopted Mabel and relates the progress of their relationship through parallel stories of classic historical accounts and the natural world of this extraordinary bird.  Told with humor and humility, the memoir is an outstanding blend of nature writing, personal healing, and literary adventure.

October 5, 2021, 7 PM.  The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley.  In this classic fantasy novel masterpiece, we see the tumult and adventures of Camelot’s court through the eyes of the women who bolstered the king’s rise and schemed for his fall. Morgaine and Gwenhwyfar struggle for control over the fate of Arthur’s kingdom, the Knights of the Round Table take on their infamous quest, and Merlin and Viviane wield their magics for the future of Old Britain. The Isle of Avalon slips further into the impenetrable mists of memory.

November 2, 2021, 7 PM.  Nomadland, by Jessica Bruder.  The journalist author documents legions of older Americans who have hit the road as casualties of the 2008 financial crisis. In campers, RVs, vans, and trailers they travel the west from North Dakota to California to Texas looking for part-time employment.  In beautiful and scorching prose, Bruder reveals the dark underbelly of the US economy, at the same time celebrating the resilience and creativity of these modern pioneers who bond together for support.  The book has been made into an award-winning movie starring Frances McDormand.

Moke Hill Reads Book Club:  First Tuesday of every month – No commitment, No attendance taken, No membership, No dues. For everyone interested in good books and discussions about them. Sponsored by the Mokelumne Hill Friends of the Library. Send us your email address or watch for announcements on and other news sources. Contact Shona Sramala:; or Julia Costello:


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