What we're about

We are a group of nonfiction fans! We read strictly nonfiction, with no specific type identified (memoir, true crime, etc.). I ask yearly for member suggestions on books to read, we hold a vote, and read what is picked. So far 2019 is claimed, but the year is going fast and before you know it, we'll be voting again.

The rules are simple:

1. RSVP to a discussion. If you cannot make the discussion, change your RSVP. After the first no-show, I will send you a "friendly reminder", but after three, I will remove you from the group.

2. Pay the dues. If you are attending book club, please pay your dues ($2 or $3 per discussion, depending on attendance numbers)! We want this to be fair and affordable for everyone. If you aren't paying dues, I will send one "friendly reminder". If you are still not paying dues after that, I will remove you from the group.

3. Be respectful. Hey, we all have different views, but that's what makes us great! Be respectful of other group members. If you're being a jerk, I'll ask you (respectfully) to not come back.

4. Participate! Making new friends is awkward (trust me, I know!) but as with anything in life, you'll get out what you put in. So don't be shy to share your opinions. We keep the discussion mostly on track, but if you've got a story that relates, feel free to share it!

Upcoming events (5+)

June Pick - The Soul of an Octopus

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The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration in the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery (selected by Karen) Scientists have only recently accepted the intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees but now are watching octopuses solve problems and are trying to decipher the meaning of the animal’s color-changing techniques. With her “joyful passion for these intelligent and fascinating creatures” (Library Journal Editors’ Spring Pick), Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.

July Pick - The Tipping Point

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The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell (selected by Kellie) The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.

August Pick - The Fatal Shore

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The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia’s Founding by Robert Hughes (selected by Sam) Digging deep into the dark history of England's infamous efforts to move 160,000 men and women thousands of miles to the other side of the world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Hughes has crafted a groundbreaking, definitive account of the settling of Australia. Tracing the European presence in Australia from early explorations through the rise and fall of the penal colonies, and featuring 16 pages of illustrations and 3 maps, The Fatal Shore brings to life the incredible true history of a country we thought we knew.

September Pick - The Man From The Train

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The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery by Bill James (selected by Timm) Between 1898 and 1912, families across the country were bludgeoned in their sleep with the blunt side of an axe. Jewelry and valuables were left in plain sight, bodies were piled together, faces covered with cloth. Some of these cases, like the infamous Villasca, Iowa, murders, received national attention. But few people believed the crimes were related. And fewer still would realize that all of these families lived within walking distance to a train station. Riveting and immersive, with writing as sharp as the cold side of an axe, The Man from the Train paints a vivid, psychologically perceptive portrait of America at the dawn of the twentieth century, when crime was regarded as a local problem, and opportunistic private detectives exploited a dysfunctional judicial system.

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May Pick - But What If We're Wrong?

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