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Brilliant nonfiction books are wonderful. They transport us to an unexplored time and space. Good nonfiction can be so well written and fantastic that the topic may be confused with fiction.

Those who want to study new subjects, renew acquaintance with the known, and exchange ideas are excellent candidates for this group.

We meet once a month on the second Tuesday at various locations in Southern Westchester County.

We hope the following will not be considered too much of a constraint: excluded will be autobiographies and memoirs, spirituality and self improvement, alternative medicine and rejuvenation, and (regrettably) books on the naming of cats. The structure of the meeting is such that after discussing the month's book selection, see below, we are free to discuss any matters we choose. So we generally have almost an hour to be more expansive with our conversation.

We collectively select books two months in advance. For instance, at a June meeting we will be selecting the August book to read. The decision as to what book to choose is made collectively at the beginning of each meeting. Specifically, we take about fifteen minutes to order food and catch up and then select a book. We hope you can suggest a book that you have already read so that we can have a personal perspective on the selection.

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Train : Riding The Rails That Created The Modern World

Hudson Social

After all these meetings, Thinkers, at the restaurant that once was the Dobbs Ferry train station, what took us so long to select a book that examines trains? Tom Zoellner's work begins with a historical perspective and then 'switches' to the interaction we have had with trains over the years. The over three hundred page book was written in 2014, so his writing about the high speed train being built to travel between Los Angeles and San Francisco, affectionately known as the Insane Train, might be interesting to read now. There are at least eight copies of the book in the Westchester library system at the time of this writing. __________________________________ I'd like to comment on the meeting we had last Tuesday night. We discussed the Into Thin Air book. Among other things. What struck me is how we brought together an aggregate of people with disparate backgrounds and had what I thought was an engaging discussion. It was pleasant for me to finally get together in person. It was equally as enjoyable to be in the company of so many thoughtful people. As Lloyd Thaxton would say, "Give yourself a hand, Group".

21 Lessons for the 21st Century; Yuval Noah Harari

Hudson Social

Over the months we've been together, we became know-it-alls about epidemics, the cosmos, libraries, the origin of the OED, 1927, and Einstein. And the list could continue. Clearly, we gained insights into a myriad of subjects. Interpretative discussion of these books was usually skewed toward anecdotes and additional insights from the participants. For this December's meeting, our selection, "21 Lessons for the 21st Century", has shifted to a wider perspective. Here we are expecting Yuval Harari to present us with a historically large picture and a global view to to let us know what has and will happen to the world. Thinkers, this book will allow us to take Mr. Harari's ideas and collectively extrapolate them to our individual points of view. As you may recall, we sailed through the enduring point of contention 'was Balto or Togo the braver dog?' debate. Matters of politics and religion are clearly ancillary to this debate. Digression aside, this book has more innovative ideas than you can shake a stick at. The book is readily available through the Westchester Library System in book and CD audio book. The Dewey Decimal system classifies 21 Lessons in[masked] and so becomes part of world history. A companion book might be "A Hitchhiker's Gide to the Galaxy" so we can become authorities not only about the world but also the galaxy. Each author has a definitive answer to the problems presented in their chosen areas of study. See you in December.

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