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June Non-Fiction Book Choices

From: Elizabeth I.
Sent on: Thursday, May 13, 2010 8:35 PM
Hello All,

Below are the non-fiction choices for June. We will vote at our next meeting. If you cannot make the meeting please email me your votes.

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell (320 pages) Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell investigates the causes of extreme success (outliers). Gladwell?s claim is that it is not primarily individual talent, hard work, or merit of any kind that causes success, but sheer circumstances and luck.

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan (352 pages) The dust storms that terrorized America's High Plains in the darkest years of the Depression were like nothing ever seen before or since, and the stories of the people that held on have never been fully told. Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, going from sod huts to new framed houses to huddling in basements with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile effort to keep the dust out.

The Gardner Heist: The True Story of the World?s Largest Unsolved Art Theft by Ulrich Boser (260pages) One museum, two thieves, and the Boston underworld?the story behind the lost Gardner masterpieces and the art detective who swore to get them back.

An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro (208 pages) In An Artist of the Floating World, Kazuo Ishiguro offers readers of the English language an authentic look at postwar Japan, "a floating world" of changing cultural behaviors, shifting societal patterns and troubling questions. Ishiguro, who was born in Nagasaki in 1954 but moved to England in 1960, writes the story of Masuji Ono, a bohemian artist and purveyor of the night life who became a propagandist for Japanese imperialism during the war. But the war is over. Japan lost, Ono's wife and son have been killed, and many young people blame the imperialists for leading the country to disaster. What's left for Ono? Ishiguro's treatment of this story earned a 1986 Whitbread Prize.


See you on Wednesday, May 19th at 6:30pm.

One of our members introduced me to this online discussion by Mohsin Hamid regarding his book The Reluctant Fundamentalist, so I wanted to pass it along in case anyone is interested in listening before our Meetup next Wednesday.

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