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Book Discussion Groups
OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING
September 2019– April 2020
Third Tuesday, 1:30 – 3:00 PM, Conference Room, Noel Wien Library, Fairbanks
September 17 – Becoming by Michelle Obama
The book “offers a sometimes surprisingly intimate look at the life of the former first lady . . . beginning with her childhood years and ending with reflections on the current administration, Becoming covers Obama’s transformation from a young overachiever on the South Side of Chicago to one of the most formidable political figures in recent history. ” (The Atlantic, 11/13/2018) [NonFiction, 2018]
Optional read for September:
Dreams of My Father by Barack Obama. [Non-fiction, 2004]
October 15 – Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly
Set in 1833 New Orleans, “mystery and history combine in a lush and haunting novel of a city steeped in decadent pleasures. . . and of a man, proud and defiant, caught in a terrifying web of murder and betrayal.” (Book jacket) [Fiction, 1997]
November 19 – Walter Harper: Alaska Native Son by Mary F. Ehrlander
“. . . illuminates the life of the remarkable Irish-Athabascan man who was the first person to summit Denali (1913) . . . Walter’s strong Athabascan identity allowed him to remain founded in his birth culture as his Western education expanded and he became a leader and a bridge between Alaska Native peoples and Westerners in the Alaska Territory. (Book jacket) [Nonfiction, 2017]
** No meeting in December **
January 21, 2019 – Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg
“[Smilla] thinks more highly of snow and ice than she does of love. She lives in a world of numbers, science, and memories–a dark, exotic stranger in a strange land. And now Smilla Jaspersen is convinced she has uncovered a shattering crime. . .”(Book jacket)
Written by a celebrated Danish writer, this was an Edgar Award Best Novel nominee for 1994 and was winner of the Dilys Award that same year, an award of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association granted between 1992 and 2014. (Fiction, 1993)
February 18 – Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking
“Will humanity survive? Should we colonize space? Does God exist? These are just a few of the questions Hawking addresses in this wide-ranging, passionately argued final book from one of the greatest minds in history” (Book jacket) — This is food for a lively discussion. (Non-fiction, 2018)
March 17 – My Name is Red by Orphan Pamuk
“. . . part murder mystery, part love story–set amid the perils of religious repression in sixteenth-century Istanbul. . .[It is] at once a fantasy and a philosophical puzzle, a kaleidoscopic journey to the intersection of art religion, love, sex, and power.” (Book jacket) [Fiction, 2001]
April 21 – Walden by Henry David Thoreau
A classic of American Literature which opens with “When I wrote the following pages, . . . I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond, in Concord Massachusetts, and earned my living by the labor of my hands only.” (Non-fiction, 1854)
May 19 – booktalk & title selection for September 2020–April 2021
Updated: July 2019
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