We will choose what book to read in December when we meet next week (on Tuesday, the 26th). If you can't make the meeting but want a "vote", please send me an email. Here are the choices (drum roll please) - all are nonfiction and the number of pages is shown in ( ):
N. Vincent: Self Made Man (304). What happens when a woman passes as a man. For 18 months, she disguised herself as a man, renamed herself Ned, joined a men's bowling league, visited strip bars, and dated women.
L. Strachey: Eminent Victorians (366) The four biographical essays created something of a stir when they were first published in the spring of 1918. Florence Nightingale is not a gentle archangel descended from heaven to minister sweetly to wounded soldiers, but rather an exacting, dictatorial, and judgmental crusader.
A. Gawande: Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science (288) Medicine reveals itself as a fascinatingly complex and "fundamentally human endeavor" in this debut essay collection by a surgical resident and staff writer for the New Yorker.
T. Kidder: Mountains Beyond Mountains (352) As a specialist in infectious diseases, Dr. Paul Farmer's goal is nothing less than redressing the "steep gradient of inequality" in medical service to the desperately poor.
The Cambridge Book Club is based in Cambridge MA and is unique in alternating fiction and non-fiction reads. Reading selections are based on member suggestions and final member vote. We've been going strong for 2 years and we look forward to reading together and discussing the books we read! All readers, all ages are welcome!