Evening Book Group is reading "Mortality"­ by Christopher Hitchens

  • April 22, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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bookworm (bʊk'wûrm') n.
1. One who spends much time reading or studying.
2. Any of various insects, especially booklice and silverfish, that infest books and feed on the paste in the bindings.

Do you devour books? Then, join our Evening Book Group, now at the private home of one of our members.

Contact Event Host for directions to the Meetup at [masked]. Snacks, soda pop, instant coffee and teabags will be provided. Feel free to bring something to share.

This month: Mortality  by Christopher Hitchens

Amazon's write-up:
On June 8, 2010, while on a book tour for his bestselling memoir, Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens was stricken in his New York hotel room with excruciating pain in his chest and thorax. As he would later write in the first of a series of award-winning columns for Vanity Fair, he suddenly found himself being deported "from the country of the well across the stark frontier that marks off the land of malady." Over the next eighteen months, until his death in Houston on December 15, 2011, he wrote constantly and brilliantly on politics and culture, astonishing readers with his capacity for superior work even in extremis.
Throughout the course of his ordeal battling esophageal cancer, Hitchens adamantly and bravely refused the solace of religion, preferring to confront death with both eyes open. In this riveting account of his affliction, Hitchens poignantly describes the torments of illness, discusses its taboos, and explores how disease transforms experience and changes our relationship to the world around us. By turns personal and philosophical, Hitchens embraces the full panoply of human emotions as cancer invades his body and compels him to grapple with the enigma of death.
MORTALITY is the exemplary story of one man's refusal to cower in the face of the unknown, as well as a searching look at the human predicament. Crisp and vivid, veined throughout with penetrating intelligence, Hitchens's testament is a courageous and lucid work of literature, an affirmation of the dignity and worth of man.

Upcoming: Rebooting the American Dream... by Thom Hartmann

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  • Anna

    I had an excellent time and really enjoyed meeting everyone! Thank you for hosting the event and thanks to Carroll for inviting me! :)

    April 23, 2013

  • Gretchen

    One of those evenings when I would like to have been in two places at once, an interesting book and thoughtful discussion. Thanks, too, to Val and Cathy for hosting.

    April 23, 2013

    • Bill M

      Thanks, Gretchen, for pointing out that Hitchen's phrase, "mind-forged manacles", came from Blake. I found the poem and some comments. Interesting stuff.

      April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Interesting discussion.

    April 22, 2013

  • Alice

    I like Christopher Hitchens so much that I was overly ambitious when I said I'd come. My sis pointed out I'd be nuts to do this as I have surgery at 6 a.m. next day. I thought I could work it all out!

    April 17, 2013

  • Jill

    I'd come since I joined recently and am anxious to meet 'sane' people.So I checked & bus #6 works, with an 8 block walk, easy.
    Let me know, or if anyone has a PDF of what is to be read? And bring some goodies. Monday evening, right? I'll RSVP, book or no book. Ha!

    April 16, 2013

  • fmaya

    As long as no big surprises at work on Monday :O

    March 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If I can get the book read between now and then. Thanks.

    March 29, 2013

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