Doubt

In July we will be reading two selections that fit the theme “Doubt.” This month’s selections are: Candice Millard’s The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground.

Candice Millard’s The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey
Teddy Roosevelt, a born winner, was on a losing streak in 1913 when an invitation came to speak in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The former president had just suffered a humiliating election defeat and needed to get away. A trip to South America, where his son Kermit lived, seemed like just the thing to take Roosevelt's mind off his political troubles. And it would give the famous outdoorsman a chance to kick around the mysterious Amazon River basin. What looked in the planning stages like a leisurely regional tour ended up a harrowing trek through the wildest, darkest heart of Brazil's uncharted Amazonian forest. The trip went from tour to survival contest when Brazil's minister of foreign affairs told Roosevelt about "an unknown river" worth exploring: Rio da Duvida, the River of Doubt.
Roosevelt and his team joined forces with Brazil's most famous explorer, Candido Rondon. Before it was over, the explorers would face deadly rapids, Indian attacks, disease, starvation and a murderer within their own ranks. The trip nearly killed Roosevelt, then in his 50s. But the explorers triumphantly navigated the River of Doubt. It was such a feat that many at the time did not believe Roosevelt and Candido really had mapped the nearly 1,000-mile-long Amazon tributary.


http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4986859

 

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground
Dostoevsky’s most revolutionary novel, Notes from Underground marks the dividing line between nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction, and between the visions of self each century embodied. One of the most remarkable characters in literature, the unnamed narrator is a former official who has defiantly withdrawn into an underground existence. In full retreat from society, he scrawls a passionate, obsessive, self-contradictory narrative that serves as a devastating attack on social utopianism and an assertion of man’s essentially irrational nature.
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/436982.Notes_from_the_Underground

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Reminder: We usually choose 2-3 books per month. You're welcome at our meeting whether you read all or none of the books. We read fiction, nonfiction, and plays, and usually try to cover 1 piece of classic literature monthly. We read books reviewed or mentioned on NPR, and try to mirror NPR's tone at our meetings: thoughtful, polite discussion & commentary, with no arguing or posturing, and no sacred cows or unmentioned elephants in the room.
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  • Judy

    Excellent conversation!

    July 20, 2013

  • Bob

    Sorry. My suggestion for a book selection is Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged".

    July 19, 2013

  • Jim M.

    Perhaps next month, life took a turn for the weird over the past 24 hours...

    July 18, 2013

    • Dorian T.

      Sorry to hear it! I hope all turns out okay. We hope to see you at a future meeting!

      July 18, 2013

  • Elysia J.

    I wish there was like a "maybe" instead of just yes or no! The regular attendees know I was in an accident awhile back- I missed the last one because of some new complications and pain and might miss this one too because of the same thing. I miss you guys! If I can't come I'll send book suggestions to Dorian but I don't have many.

    July 11, 2013

    • Dorian T.

      No worries! Just send through any suggestions if you can't make it. I got a severe concussion on June 10th, so I've had to listen to most of the book selections since then (thank you audible.com). I can finally actually read now, but have random complications, so have had to cancel a number events myself and it is nowhere near as bad as what you have been going through. Heal up, send through suggestions/comments as needed, and we'll be glad to see you when you can make it!

      July 11, 2013

    • Elysia J.

      Aw thanks! I am so sorry to hear about your concussion- I hope you heal up too!

      July 14, 2013

  • Stephani

    How does thos book club work?

    July 14, 2013

    • Dorian T.

      Book club members read 1,2,3 or even none (everyone is welcome) of the book selections and meet during the club meeting time. Usually we start the meeting by introducing ourselves and which books we read. We tend to start with either the book that was read by the most members or the book that members are most eager to talk about and go from there. The discussion is relatively informal, organic, and friendly. Often the meeting goes until about 9:00 or 9:30, but the time varies depending upon the reactions the readings inspired that month. Book selection meeting months tend to go a little later since we have our usual discussion plus decide upon the book selections for the next three undecided months.

      July 14, 2013

  • Stephani

    Sorry for all the questions, I am new and looking for a book club. What does this mean...." no posturing, and no sacred cows or
    unmentioned elephants in the room. "

    July 14, 2013

    • Stephani

      Also how do the books get chosen?

      July 14, 2013

    • Dorian T.

      It means basically what's suggested with the discussion comment--commentary and discussion should be polite--differences in opinion are always welcome and diverse discussion and free expression is welcome, but it shouldn't devolve into one person's soap box for the full meeting nor should the discussion be such where people feel like they can't bring anything up. It is an open and friendly discussion for all to participate.
      Books are chosen by the group. The new books must be connected to NPR in some way. There is a little more leeway with the classics. Books are chosen every three months or so and will be chosen this time at the July meeting.

      1 · July 14, 2013

  • Tom

    I have a work function that night.

    July 11, 2013

  • Elysia J.

    Are we going to be picking new books at this one?

    June 8, 2013

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