Book Selections

This list catalogs our current and previous selections.

Each meeting we select the next book to read together through an advocate process.

We do prefer books that we've not read recently. Often they are books that we would not have read at all if we weren't introduced to them here.

October 2018 - The Beautiful Bureaucrat: A Novel by Helen Phillips

posted Oct 3, 2018, 1:30 PM by Jeff Nichols

Meeting is on October 17, 2018.

Cover image for The Beautiful Bureaucrat

September 2018 - The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

posted Sep 6, 2018, 1:50 PM by Jeff Nichols

Next book club will be a fun night out at Tomato Head in West Knoxville at 7:30 on Sept 21. We are reading The Dark Is Rising.

Cover Image from the Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

August 2018 - Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

posted Aug 4, 2018, 5:05 PM by Jeff Nichols   [ updated Aug 4, 2018, 5:06 PM ]

This month's book was recommended by Jen.

Next club meeting is set for August 20th.

It is an historical novel set in the year 1666 in a village in England affected by the plague.

July 2018 - Descent Into Hell

posted Aug 4, 2018, 5:02 PM by Jeff Nichols

This month's book was recommended by Leslie. 

It is written by Charles Williams who was one of the Inklings.

Cover image for Descent into Hell by Charles Williams

June 2018 - A Brief History of Vice by Robert Evans

posted Jun 2, 2018, 8:07 AM by Jeff Nichols

Next meeting is June 25th.

Quoting from Amazon description:

A celebration of the brave, drunken pioneers who built our civilization one seemingly bad decision at a time, A Brief History of Vice explores a side of the past that mainstream history books prefer to hide. History has never been more fun—or more intoxicating.

Guns, germs, and steel might have transformed us from hunter-gatherers into modern man, but booze, sex, trash talk, and tripping built our civilization. Cracked editor Robert Evans brings his signature dogged research and lively insight to uncover the many and magnificent ways vice has influenced history, from the prostitute-turned-empress who scored a major victory for women’s rights to the beer that helped create—and destroy—South America's first empire.

May 2018 - What Do You Care...? by Richard Feynman

posted May 29, 2018, 2:54 PM by Jeff Nichols

The successor to "Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman," this book is more serious in tone.  It was published after Feynman's death in 1988.  (Wikipedia biography of Feynman.)  We chose this book because we wanted another science book to discuss after Brief History.  This year, May 11th, marked the 100th birthday of Feynman.  10 Quotes from Feynman on his 100th Birthday.   

April 2018 - A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking

posted May 29, 2018, 2:17 PM by Jeff Nichols   [ updated May 29, 2018, 2:26 PM ]

With the passing of Professor Hawking in March 2018, we read the revised version of his popular text "A Brief History of Time."  The text is approachable and can be followed by the interested layperson.  "You feel smarter after reading it." It is a personal introduction to the mysteries of the Universe from one of the great physicists.

Cover image for a Briefer History of Time

This also resulted in a lively, 2.5 hour discussion.

March 2018 - A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

posted May 29, 2018, 1:56 PM by Jeff Nichols

Auto-biographical book about Hemingway's time in Paris, France in the 1920s.  He wrote it late in his life when he discovered a trunk he'd put into storage during his time in France.  It tells about the time of his first marriage.  It was also during this time that Hemingway developed his brief style of writing.  He became best friends with F. Scott Fitzgerald at this time. 

Cover image for "A Moveable Feast" by Ernest Hemingway

We had a lively discussion about this book for 2.5 hours.

December 2017 to February 2018 - The Dry

posted Feb 25, 2018, 8:10 PM by Jeff Nichols

We did not have a December meeting which was supposed to be caroling and a party.  Someday, we may get to this book.

November 2017 - The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

posted Feb 25, 2018, 8:07 PM by Jeff Nichols

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