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For anyone who hasn't come to book club before: we get together and chat, eat some snacks (often gluten-free), and discuss a book. We hope you can make it. For January (2019!) we're reading Louise Erdrich's The Round House. Here's the Goodreads write-up... One of the most revered novelists of our time - a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life - Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family. Riveting and suspenseful, arguably the most accessible novel to date from the creator of Love Medicine, The Beet Queen, and The Bingo Palace, Erdrich’s The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction - at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.
Our documentary discussion group will be watching "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," a 2011 film that follows 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu. Jiro has a 10-seat, sushi-only 3-Michelin-starred restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station and he is reportedly regarded by his contemporaries and peers as the greatest sushi craftsman alive. The film earned a rating of 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. We'll watch the movie and discuss after. Feel free to bring some food to share if you want! Due to the size of my living room there's a cap of 10 on this event, unfortunately. If you RSVP, please come. If you think you won't be able to make it, please make sure to change your status.
For February we'll be reading "The Broom of the System," by the late David Foster Wallace, whom the LA Times called "one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last twenty years." We'll discuss the novel and eat tasty snacks. Feel free to bring something to share, food-wise, although there is usually plenty so don't feel obligated. Here's the Goodreads write-up of the novel: Published when Wallace was just twenty-four years old, The Broom of the System stunned critics and marked the emergence of an extraordinary new talent. At the center of this outlandishly funny, fiercely intelligent novel is the bewitching heroine, Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman. The year is 1990 and the place is a slightly altered Cleveland, Ohio. Lenore’s great-grandmother has disappeared with twenty-five other inmates of the Shaker Heights Nursing Home. Her beau, and boss, Rick Vigorous, is insanely jealous, and her cockatiel, Vlad the Impaler, has suddenly started spouting a mixture of psycho-babble, Auden, and the King James Bible. Ingenious and entertaining, this debut from one of the most innovative writers of his generation brilliantly explores the paradoxes of language, storytelling, and reality