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We are a serious but fun group of bibliophiles and read everything from current events and public policy to history, science, and literature and the occasional play, graphic novel, or collection of poems.

Our membership includes individuals of all ages and from a variety of careers and cultural backgrounds. Everyone is welcome to join and we do not promote a particular political or social position and welcome all points of view.

We've got two rules: please read the book before attending a meeting. And please don't RSVP to attend and then no-show. Best,

Andy

apstrike@gmail.com

Upcoming events (2)

B&B Monthly Meeting: Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

$4.00

Everyone, please join us on Monday, November 9 at 7 pm to discuss Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs (https://amzn.to/3kYvFQv) by Camilla Townsend (https://bit.ly/36ivHP5). The book is 336 pages. We will conduct this meeting via videoconference on Zoom.us (below). In November 1519, Hernando Cortés walked along a causeway leading to the capital of the Aztec kingdom and came face to face with Moctezuma. That story--and the story of what happened afterwards--has been told many times, but always following the narrative offered by the Spaniards. After all, we have been taught, it was the Europeans who held the pens. But the Native Americans were intrigued by the Roman alphabet and, unbeknownst to the newcomers, they used it to write detailed histories in their own language of Nahuatl. Until recently, these sources remained obscure, only partially translated, and rarely consulted by scholars. For the first time, in Fifth Sun, the history of the Aztecs is offered in all its complexity based solely on the texts written by the indigenous people themselves. Camilla Townsend presents an accessible and humanized depiction of these native Mexicans, rather than seeing them as the exotic, bloody figures of European stereotypes. The conquest, in this work, is neither an apocalyptic moment, nor an origin story launching Mexicans into existence. The Mexica people had a history of their own long before the Europeans arrived and did not simply capitulate to Spanish culture and colonization. Instead, they realigned their political allegiances, accommodated new obligations, adopted new technologies, and endured. Zoom.us Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode:[masked]). https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85087765326?pwd=SmEvdy9uaG9qTlAxSlpOdHFwdG8vdz09 [masked]

B&B Monthly Meeting: The Big Picture: Origins of Life, Meaning, & the Universe

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

$4.00

Everyone, please join us on Monday, December 7 at 7 pm to discuss The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself (https://amzn.to/3iN5cU9) by Sean M. Carroll (https://bit.ly/33Fwisg). The book is 475 pages. We will conduct this meeting via videoconference on Zoom.us (below). Already internationally acclaimed for his elegant, lucid writing on the most challenging notions in modern physics, Sean Carroll is emerging as one of the greatest humanist thinkers of his generation as he brings his extraordinary intellect to bear not only on Higgs bosons and extra dimensions but now also on our deepest personal questions: Where are we? Who are we? Are our emotions, our beliefs, and our hopes and dreams ultimately meaningless out there in the void? Do human purpose and meaning fit into a scientific worldview? In short chapters filled with intriguing historical anecdotes, personal asides, and rigorous exposition, readers learn the difference between how the world works at the quantum level, the cosmic level, and the human level—and then how each connects to the other. Carroll's presentation of the principles that have guided the scientific revolution from Darwin and Einstein to the origins of life, consciousness, and the universe is dazzlingly unique. Carroll shows how an avalanche of discoveries in the past few hundred years has changed our world and what really matters to us. Our lives are dwarfed like never before by the immensity of space and time, but they are redeemed by our capacity to comprehend it and give it meaning. The Big Picture is an unprecedented scientific worldview, a tour de force that will sit on shelves alongside the works of Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan, Daniel Dennett, and E. O. Wilson for years to come. For those who want to cheat and watch a video, the author discusses the book here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JsKwyRFiYY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEt5XQuE_cY Zoom.us https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82710799940?pwd=K056c2hvdWRuL1dCblhJaEhRRFFZZz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode:[masked] Dial by your location [masked] US (Germantown) [masked]

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