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The North Spokane Book Club is an intimate, member-driven group of open-minded bibliophiles. We encourage our members to read and attend each month as consistently as possible. Club members take turns picking a month’s book and hosting the corresponding meeting. The rotation of a variety of types, such as non-fiction, fiction and classics, is encouraged, and any appropriate genre is welcome. In general, the members view the club as an opportunity to broaden their literary horizons, and thus are open to reading most any title. We have a “you read my book, I’ll read yours” philosophy. However, we do strive to pick books that will be interesting to read and have the potential to touch, inform and inspire us in some way. We meet the last Tuesday of each month, except December, at 6:30 pm. Location is subject to change based on member preferences.

Upcoming events (3)

ONLINE - October Book Club - "Caste..." by Isabel Wilkerson

To reduce unwanted non-member guests, those who RSVP will receive a virtual meeting link in their email the afternoon of the meeting. We'll start at 6:20pm to get everyone's technology up and running, book discussion will start at 6:30pm. See you virtually!
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• #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
• OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK
• NATIONAL BOOK AWARD LONGLIST
• “An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

Beyond race, class, or other factors, there is a powerful caste system that influences people’s lives and behavior and the nation’s fate. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. Using riveting stories about people—including Martin Luther King, Jr., baseball’s Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others—she shows the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day. She documents how the Nazis studied the racial systems in America to plan their out-cast of the Jews; she discusses why the cruel logic of caste requires that there be a bottom rung for those in the middle to measure themselves against; she writes about the surprising health costs of caste, in depression and life expectancy, and the effects of this hierarchy on our culture and politics. Finally, she points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity.

Beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American life today.

ONLINE - November Book Club - "Klara & The Sun" by Kazuo Ishiguro

To reduce unwanted non-member guests, those who RSVP will receive a virtual meeting link in their email the afternoon of the meeting. We'll start at 6:20pm to get everyone's technology up and running, book discussion will start at 6:30pm. See you virtually!
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• BOOKER PRIZE LONGLIST Nominee
• NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER
• Once in a great while, a book comes along that changes our view of the world. This magnificent novel from the Nobel laureate and author of Never Let Me Go is “an intriguing take on how artificial intelligence might play a role in our futures ... a poignant meditation on love and loneliness”.

“What stays with you in ‘Klara and the Sun’ is the haunting narrative voice—a genuinely innocent, egoless perspective on the strange behavior of humans obsessed and wounded by power, status and fear.” —Booker Prize committee

Here is the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her. Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

ONLINE - January Book Club - "Angle of Repose" by Wallace Stegner

To reduce unwanted non-member guests, those who RSVP will receive a virtual meeting link in their email the afternoon of the meeting. We'll start at 6:20pm to get everyone's technology up and running, book discussion will start at 6:30pm. See you virtually!
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We take a hiatus in December which provides two months for us to read a big book! This time we're tackling a classic from 1972 .

Wallace Stegner's Pultizer Prize-winning novel is a story of discovery—personal, historical, and geographical. Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family.

"Cause for celebration . . . A superb novel with an amplitude of scale and richness of detail altogether uncommon in contemporary fiction." —The Atlantic Monthly

"Brilliant . . . Two stories, past and present, merge to produce what important fiction must: a sense of the enchantment of life." —Los Angeles Times

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