Our next few reading selections .... information and a poll. June 2009

From: user 7.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 3:58 PM
Hi all, sorry it has taken me so long to prepare for our next book. I have posted a poll with 10 books listed. I would appreciate everyone going to the poll and ranking the books from 1-10, 1 being the book you would most like to read of the 10 and 10 being the book you would least like of the 10. Below is the list with a very brief description of each. For more info or more detailed descriptions please go to Amazon.com or a similar website.

I hope to take the top three choices as our next three reads. We will choose dates and locations as soon as we have book choices. Because summer is vacation time for many I have decided we will have a meetup in late July but none in August then get back to first week of the month meetups in September.

Note: If you don't like any of the books listed it is a clue for you to make some suggestions of what you would like to read :-)

The list is in alphabetical order by title.

A Long Way Gone by Ismael Beah
A former child soldier from Sierra Leone describes a killing spree and his return to humanity.

An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison
The author, a professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopikins School of Medicine is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive illness. She has also experienced it first hand. Jamison examines manic-depression freom the dual perspectives of the healer and the healed.

Forget Me Not by Jennifer Lowe-Anker
More than a biograhy of one of the world's most talented mountain climbers, it is also a deeply felt meditation on love, family and perseverance and the inevitability of loss, and the need to be true to one's nature for better or worse -- despite the terrible collateral damage that might result from doing so. Lowe died in October of 1999 while climbing in the Himalayas, the book is written by his widow, Jennifer who later went on to marry Conrad Anker, Alex Lowe's longtime climbing partner.

Monkey Girl by Edward Humes
A dramatic story of faith, science and courage as it takes you behind the scenes of the recent war on evolution in Dover Pennsylvania, when the town's school board decision to confront the controversy head-on thrust its students, the the entire community onto the front lines of America's culture wars. It is the true story about an epic court case on the teaching of "intelligent design," and what happens when science and religion collide.

My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.
On the morning of December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a 37 year old Harvard trained brain scientist, experienced a massive stroke when a blood vessel exploded in the left side of her brain. A neuroanatomist by porfession, she observed her own mind completely deterioriate to teh point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life, all within the space of four hours. It took eight years for her to heal completely.

Of Beetles & Angels by Mawi Asgedom
The true story of a young boy's remarkable journey: from civil war in east Africa to a refugee camp in Sudan, to a childhood on welfare in a n affluent American suburb, and eventuallly to a full-tuition scholarship at Harvard University. Following his father's advice to "treat all people -- even the most unsigtly beetles -- as though they were angels sent from heaven," Mawi overcomes the challenges of racial prejudice, language barriers, and financial disadvantage to build a fulfilling successful life for himself in his new home.

The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
A tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary -- and literary history. The compilation of the OED was begun in 1857. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray discovered that one man, Dr. W.C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. When the committee wanted to honor him, they found that Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran was also an inmate at an asylum for the ciminally insane.

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Nafisi, a teacher, secretly gathered severn of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.


Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall & Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent
Denver, a man raised under plantation-style slavery in Louisiana in the 1960s; a man who escaped, hopping a train to wander, homeless, for eighteen years on the streets of Dallas, Texas. No longer a slave, Denver's life was still hopeless-until God moved. First came a godly woman who prayed, listened, and obeyed. And then came her husband, Ron, an international arts dealer at home in a world of Armani-suited millionaires. And then they all came together. But slavery takes many forms. Deborah discovers that she has cancer. In the face of possible death, she charges her husband to rescue Denver.

The Translator by Daoud Hari
A memoir from Daoud Hari who was born in the Darfur region of Sudan. After escaping an attack on his village, he entered the refugee camps in Chad and began serving as a translater for major news organizations including the New York Times , NBC and the BBC, as well as the United Nations and other aid groups.

Don't forget to go the poll and rank the books ... thanks!

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