What we're about

If you would like to read those books that you feel you ought to have read but have never gotten around to, then this is the group for you. Book selections are chosen from all editions of "1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die," edited by Peter Boxall. That means a master list of nearly 1300 books that is a mixture of classics and influential works across many genres, from the 1600s-2000s.

We try to have two meetings per month, typically every other Sunday. The group includes old members, new members and visitors. If you want to try us out, we typically see at least one new person each time, so this is definitely not a closed group and we are in the habit of welcoming new voices.

What can you expect? We vary our format occasionally, but most often we go around the room once and give people space to express their thoughts without too much interruption. And, then we break into open conversation, digging deeper into themes and the work itself. Those book clubs where everyone comes and has a glass of red wine and no one has read the book? Yeah, that's not us. We love to read and think and converse about what we've read. Come often enough and you'll get to choose a book in the coming year to host!

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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

Sisters Vera and Nadezhda must aside a lifetime of feuding to save their émigré engineer father from voluptuous gold-digger Valentina. With her proclivity for green satin underwear and boil-in-the-bag cuisine, she will stop at nothing in her pursuit of Western wealth. But the sisters' campaign to oust Valentina unearths family secrets, uncovers fifty years of Europe's darkest history and sends them back to roots they'd much rather forget. -From Goodreads.com

The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa

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Haunted all her life by feelings of terror and emptiness, forty-nine-year-old Urania Cabral returns to her native Dominican Republic - and finds herself reliving the events of 1961, when the capital was still called Trujillo City and one old man terrorized a nation of three million people. Rafael Trujillo, the depraved ailing dictator whom Dominicans call the Goat, controls his inner circle with a combination of violence and blackmail. In Trujillo's gaudy palace, treachery and cowardice have become the way of life. But Trujillo's grasp is slipping away. There is a conspiracy against him, and a Machiavellian revolution already underway that will have bloody consequences of its own. -From Goodreads.com A 'masterpiece of Latin American and world literature, and one of the finest political novels ever written.' - Bookforum

The Passion According to G.H. by Clarice Lispector

Aficionados of South American fiction as well as literary critics will welcome this posthumous translation of a nearly plotless novel by one of Brazil's foremost writers. Availing herself of a single character, Lispector transforms a banal situation—a woman at home, alone—into an amphitheater for philosophical investigations. The first-person narration jousts with language, playfully but forcefully examining the ambiguous nature of words, with results ranging from the profound to the pretentious. -from Goodreads.com

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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In Nathaniel Hawthorne's dark novel, The Scarlet Letter, a single sinful act ruins the lives of three people. None more so than Hester Prynne, a young, beautiful, and dignified woman, who conceived a child out of wedlock and receives the public punishment of having to always wear a scarlet "A" on her clothing. Though originally published in 1850, the story is set in seventeenth-century Massachusetts among Hawthorne's Puritan ancestors. In The Scarlet Letter, he created a story that highlighted both their weaknesses and their strengths. His knowledge of their beliefs and his admiration for their way of life was balanced by his concerns about their rigid and oppressive rules. - from Goodreads.com

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Midaq Alley by Naguib Mahfouz

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