Values

The Black and White BookClub is putting a twist on this month's discussion. We are reading contrasting genres on the subject of Values.

The first is "Class, a guide through the American status system", Paul Fussell explodes the sacred American myth of social equality with eagle-eyed irreverence and iconoclastic wit. This bestselling, superbly researched, exquisitely observed guide to the signs, symbols, and customs of the American class system is always outrageously on the mark as Fussell shows us how our status is revealed by everything we do, say, and own. He describes the houses, objects, artifacts, speech, clothing styles, and intellectual proclivities of American classes from the top to the bottom and everybody -- you'll surely recognize yourself -- in between. Class is guaranteed to amuse and infuriate, whether your class is so high it's out of sight (literally) or you are, alas, a sinking victim of prole drift.

The second is "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, an Inquiry into Values". One of the most important and influential books written in the past half-century, Robert M. Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is a powerful, moving, and penetrating examination of how we live . . . and a breathtaking meditation on how to live better. Here is the book that transformed a generation: an unforgettable narration of a summer motorcycle trip across America's Northwest, undertaken by a father and his young son. A story of love and fear -- of growth, discovery, and acceptance -- that becomes a profound personal and philosophical odyssey into life's fundamental questions, this uniquely exhilarating modern classic is both touching and transcendent, resonant with the myriad confusions of existence . . . and the small, essential triumphs that propel us forward.

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  • Eileen C.

    It seemed more like a class than a discussion at times; I don't think there should be a 'lesson plan.'

    October 27, 2013

  • Joan G.

    Stimulating conversation and wonderful people made this event a five star.

    October 27, 2013

  • Joan G.

    I'm just joining and haven't read the books so I hope it's okay to be there today. Joan

    October 27, 2013

  • Diana F.

    Thank you. I will see you next week! I look forward to meeting everyone.

    October 19, 2013

  • Theresa

    Both will be talked about next Sunday, the 27th.

    October 19, 2013

  • Diana F.

    Which book is being discussed this Sunday?

    Thanks.

    October 19, 2013

  • Marsha

    There are two books this month:
    "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, an Inquiry into Values", by Robert M. Pirsig
    "Class, a guide through the American status system", by Paul Fussell

    October 19, 2013

  • Diana F.

    This is the first time I would be attending. What is the name of the book and author? Looking forward to the meet-up!

    October 19, 2013

  • Eileen C.

    And here is a song I wrote for Robert Pirsig after reading ZAMM: http://youtu.be/3gioBFFQ-zY

    October 9, 2013

  • Marc

    Readers, I've provided a "teaser" link to a documentary that gives a relevant visual of this month's subject and discussion on Values. Its 9 minutes long..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU5MtVM_zFs

    October 8, 2013

  • Theresa

    Ordered mine from Amazon today - can't wait to start them.

    1 · October 2, 2013

  • Eileen C.

    Great idea! I've read the Pirsig book before, so I can't wait to read the other one and discuss!

    October 2, 2013

  • Marc

    This is going to be an interesting discussion...

    October 2, 2013

  • Marsha

    I'll send you a message and meet you somewhere to see if I can help Lou.

    October 2, 2013

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