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New Meetup: May Book Club Meeting

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Announcing a new Meetup for Make Friends Munich!

What: May Book Club Meeting
When: Saturday, May 14, 2011 7:00 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Why: Come to the 4th meeting of the Make Friends Munich Book Club! Even if you haven't come before, you are more than welcome to join at any time. You don't have to be a literary genius or a speed-reader. As long as you like to read and talk, you're in!

For our next book, we will be reading "Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior," by Temple Grandin. Temple Grandin is a professor of animal science and has designed the livestock facilities in which half of the cattle in the United States are handled. She also has autism, which gives her a unique window into the minds of animals, as in many ways, animals and people with autism perceive the world similarly. This fascinating book describes these similarities, and how we can use what we know about autism to better understand the behavior of animals and how to treat them more humanely.

The book is 372 pages long, but it is a relatively fast read because Grandin has a fairly simple writing style. The book is available on Amazon, both in English and in German (the German translation has the title "Ich sehe die Welt wie ein frohes Tier: Eine Autistin entdeckt die Sprache der Tiere").

We will meet at Greg and Eliza's apartment (details to come). We also might play a game or two of Settlers of Catan after our book discussion, which was a big hit last time :)

At our last meeting, we also decided on the book for our June meeting: "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet," by David Mitchell. At 480 pages, this one is a bit longer, so we thought we would give everyone a heads up so you can start reading it early :) Amazon describes the book as "a historical novel set in Japan at the turn into the 19th century, when the island nation was almost entirely cut off from the West except for a tiny, quarantined Dutch outpost. Jacob is a pious but not unappealing prig from Zeeland, whose self-driven duty to blurt the truth in a corrupt and deceitful trading culture, along with his headlong love for a local midwife, provides the early engine for the story, which is confined at first to the Dutch enclave but crosses before long to the mainland. Every page is overfull with language, events, and characters, exuberantly saturated in the details of the time and the place but told from a knowing and undeniably modern perspective. It's a story that seems to contain a thousand worlds in one." It has gotten great reviews and should be a very interesting read! It is available on Amazon and at Hugendubel. Have fun reading, and see you at the meeting(s)!

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