Non-Fiction Selection:1491 The New Revelations of the Americas by Charles C Mann

  • December 2, 2012 · 5:30 PM
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1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann

In this groundbreaking work of science, history, and archaeology, Charles C. Mann radically alters our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.

Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, the pre-Columbian Indians were not sparsely settled in a pristine wilderness; rather, there were huge numbers of Indians who actively molded and influenced the land around them. The astonishing Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan had running water and immaculately clean streets, and was larger than any contemporary European city. Mexican cultures created corn in a specialized breeding process that it has been called man’s first feat of genetic engineering. Indeed, Indians were not living lightly on the land but were landscaping and manipulating their world in ways that we are only now beginning to understand. Challenging and surprising, this a transformative new look at a rich and fascinating world we only thought we knew

Reminder: It is not necessary to finish a book to attend. With any group, member will not all like the same book, so it is sometimes good to hear if you didn't like a book, or if it didn't spark your interest.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Always good to see you, June; and welcome to John. To the others who didn't make it, would you please cancel your attendance if you know you're not going to make it? I drive from Dallas, so it would be a bummer to get there and no one's there. Thanks for your follow-up, Suzanne.

    December 5, 2012

  • June

    Good diverse discussion....from the historic to the alien nations. Hey John, welcome to the Salem Book Club.

    December 2, 2012

  • Suzanne N.

    Sorry I'm not there. My choir went way over- time.

    December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    So I'm new and assuming there is not a section yet?

    October 6, 2012

    • Suzanne N.

      There will be soon. The next non-fiction is in December, so we should have plenty of time. I think it will be 1491.

      October 7, 2012

  • Suzanne N.

    I'm moving Abi's comment here:

    "Here's a book suggestion! The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman - it's from 1998 and the Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. I have about 4 friends who have LOVED it and recommended it to me. :)"

    August 27, 2012

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  • June
    Non-Fiction & Fiction, Co-Organizer
    Event Host
  • Suzanne N.
    Sci-fi, Organizer
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