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We will read books on personal development and social issues, as well as novels, all written in the last 50 years, in English. The discussions will occur in groups of 10 or fewer.

You can see the books we have read together here (https://www.meetup.com/Paris-Modern-Books-Club/about/).

Upcoming events (5+)

Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man's Miraculous Survival by J. Simpson

Joe Simpson and his climbing partner, Simon Yates, had just reached the top of a 21,000-foot peak in the Andes when disaster struck. Simpson plunged off the vertical face of an ice ledge, breaking his leg. In the hours that followed, darkness fell and a blizzard raged as Yates tried to lower his friend to safety. Finally, Yates was forced to cut the rope, moments before he would have been pulled to his own death. The next three days were an impossibly grueling ordeal for both men. Yates, certain that Simpson was dead, returned to base camp consumed with grief and guilt over abandoning him. Miraculously, Simpson had survived the fall, but crippled, starving, and severely frostbitten was trapped in a deep crevasse. Summoning vast reserves of physical and spiritual strength, Simpson crawled over the cliffs and canyons of the Andes, reaching base camp hours before Yates had planned to leave. How both men overcame the torments of those harrowing days is an epic tale of fear, suffering, and survival, and a poignant testament to unshakable courage and friendship. As with all our meetups, the 6€ charge includes rental of our space (which includes unlimited coffee/tea/hot chocolate) and dues. If you only want water, the cost is 4€. You can also pay with ticket restaurant/cheques vacances but no change will be given. If you have questions about dues, you can read more here (http://parispersonalmeetups.com/dues.html). To see a list of all the books we have read together, click here: https://www.meetup.com/Paris-Modern-Books-Club/about/

Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman

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€4.00

In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning our next vacation―each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions. Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives―and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and selected by The New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2011, Thinking, Fast and Slow is destined to be a classic. Major New York Times bestseller Winner of the National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award in 2012 Selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of the ten best books of 2011 A Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year 2011 Title One of The Economist's 2011 Books of the Year One of The Wall Street Journal's Best Nonfiction Books of the Year 2011 As with all our meetups, the 6€ charge includes rental of our space (which includes unlimited coffee/tea/hot chocolate) and dues. If you only want water, the cost is 4€. You can also pay with ticket restaurant/cheques vacances but no change will be given. If you have questions about dues, you can read more here (http://parispersonalmeetups.com/dues.html). To see a list of all the books we have read together, click here: https://www.meetup.com/Paris-Modern-Books-Club/about/

The Lady and the Unicorn, by Tracy Chevalier

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€4.00

A tour de force of history and imagination, The Lady and the Unicorn is Tracy Chevalier’s answer to the mystery behind one of the art world’s great masterpieces—a set of bewitching medieval tapestries that hangs today in the Cluny Museum in Paris. They appear to portray the seduction of a unicorn, but the story behind their making is unknown—until now. Paris, 1490. A shrewd French nobleman commissions six lavish tapestries celebrating his rising status at Court. He hires the charismatic, arrogant, sublimely talented Nicolas des Innocents to design them. Nicolas creates havoc among the women in the house—mother and daughter, servant, and lady-in-waiting—before taking his designs north to the Brussels workshop where the tapestries are to be woven. There, master weaver Georges de la Chapelle risks everything he has to finish the tapestries—his finest, most intricate work—on time for his exacting French client. The results change all their lives—lives that have been captured in the tapestries, for those who know where to look. In The Lady and the Unicorn, Tracy Chevalier weaves fact and fiction into a beautiful, timeless, and intriguing literary tapestry—an extraordinary story exquisitely told. As with all our meetups, the 6€ charge includes rental of our space (which includes unlimited coffee/tea/hot chocolate) and dues. If you only want water, the cost is 4€. You can also pay with ticket restaurant/cheques vacances but no change will be given. If you have questions about dues, you can read more here (http://parispersonalmeetups.com/dues.html). To see a list of all the books we have read together, click here: https://www.meetup.com/Paris-Modern-Books-Club/about/

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, by Adam Grant

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€4.00

With Give and Take, Adam Grant not only introduced a landmark new paradigm for success but also established himself as one of his generation’s most compelling and provocative thought leaders. In Originals he again addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all? Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can build cultures that welcome dissent. Learn from an entrepreneur who pitches his start-ups by highlighting the reasons not to invest, a woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, an analyst who overturned the rule of secrecy at the CIA, a billionaire financial wizard who fires employees for failing to criticize him, and a TV executive who didn’t even work in comedy but saved Seinfeld from the cutting-room floor. The payoff is a set of groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and improving the status quo. As with all our meetups, the 6€ charge includes rental of our space (which includes unlimited coffee/tea/hot chocolate) and dues. If you only want water, the cost is 4€. You can also pay with ticket restaurant/cheques vacances but no change will be given. If you have questions about dues, you can read more here (http://parispersonalmeetups.com/dues.html). To see a list of all the books we have read together, click here: https://www.meetup.com/Paris-Modern-Books-Club/about/

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Consider the Lobster and Other Essays, by David Foster Wallace

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€4.00

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