What we're about

If you're a fan of Brain Pickings (http://www.brainpickings.org/) — or you just enjoy reading books about creativity, psychology, spirituality, design, and art — this is the book club for you. We meet each month in Raleigh or Durham to discuss a book featured on the Brain Pickings reading list (http://bookpickings.brainpickings.org). We're a diverse group of curious, open-minded people who like to talk about themes like mindfulness, empathy, solitude, and awe ... and all of the things that make life both beautiful and difficult. You can see past books we've read on our Goodreads page (https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/54489063-raleigh-durham-brain-pickings-book-club?shelf=read). Hope you can join us!

Ready to Get Involved?

• Attend an upcoming meetup. Please note that all attendees are expected to read and abide by our group guidelines (http://www.meetup.com/Raleigh-Durham-Brain-Pickings-Book-Club/pages/Group_Guidelines/).

• Volunteer to lead a discussion, recommend a book from the Brain Pickings reading list (http://bookpickings.brainpickings.org/), or suggest a venue by emailing rachel4851 [at] gmail.com.

Want to Support Us?

• Buy a book at Amazon (http://amzn.to/2hjQCbZ) using any of the links we provide. We'll earn a tiny commission on items purchased (at no extra cost to you), 100% of which goes toward Meetup fees.

• Make a contribution online (https://secure.meetup.com/Raleigh-Durham-Brain-Pickings-Book-Club/contribute/).

Upcoming Books

• April 20 in Durham: The Meaning of Friendship by Mark Vernon (https://amzn.to/2ByHKar) (We'll discuss the following chapters: Introduction, Friends at Work, Friends and Lovers, Unconditional Love, Spirituality of Friendship, Friendship Beyond Self-help)

• May 18 in Raleigh: Just Kids by Patti Smith (https://amzn.to/2SIDz1H)

Upcoming events (2)

The Meaning of Friendship by Mark Vernon (Durham)

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

**For this book, we'll be discussing six chapters only. See below for details.** "There is an art to friendship. The hope is that philosophy can teach something about it." Let's read and discuss psychotherapist and writer Mark Vernon's exploration of friendship as it relates to work, sex, politics, and spirituality. We'll discuss the following chapters: + Introduction (pp 1-14, but 10-14 are skippable) + Friends at Work (pp 15-42) + Friends and Lovers (pp 43-72) + Unconditional Love (pp[masked]) + Spirituality of Friendship (pp[masked]) + Friendship Beyond Self-help (pp[masked]) (Justin, who's hosting this meetup, is also considering organizing a small group that will meet ~5 times to discuss the book and our personal experiences with friendship in more depth. If you're interested, please let him know in person or via direct message on Meetup.) To purchase the book and support the meetup, please click here: https://amzn.to/2ByHKar **Important: Neither Wake nor Durham libraries carry this book. Unless you plan to buy it ($30 on Amazon), you should request it through interlibrary loan as soon as you can. See ILL links below.** As long as the weather is nice, we'll meet at Duke Gardens. We'll gather in front of the Visitors Center (map: https://goo.gl/maps/DWwg7Wh1emT2) and walk to our location in the gardens at 2:10 sharp. Parking: Parking at Duke Gardens is $2 per hour. However, if you're comfortable walking and are familiar with the area, street parking can be found for free. The suggested donation is $1, and you can pay at the meetup or contribute online. Please read our group guidelines before you RSVP. Hope to see you there! Links: Brain Pickings post about The Meaning of Friendship: https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/06/16/mark-vernon-friendship-work/ Wake County interlibrary loan: https://wakegov.illiad.oclc.org/illiad/logon.html Durham County interlibrary loan: https://durhamcountylibrary.org/services/ill/ Group guidelines: http://www.meetup.com/Raleigh-Durham-Brain-Pickings-Book-Club/pages/Group_Guidelines/ Contribute online: https://secure.meetup.com/Raleigh-Durham-Brain-Pickings-Book-Club/contribute/

The Meaning of Friendship by Mark Vernon (Chapel Hill)

220 Elizabeth St

**We've added a second meetup for this book. Thanks, Ondrea and Larry, for hosting!** "There is an art to friendship. The hope is that philosophy can teach something about it." Let's read and discuss psychotherapist and writer Mark Vernon's exploration of friendship as it relates to work, sex, politics, and spirituality. We'll discuss the following chapters: + Introduction (pp 1-14, but 10-14 are skippable) + Friends at Work (pp 15-42) + Friends and Lovers (pp 43-72) + Unconditional Love (pp[masked]) + Spirituality of Friendship (pp[masked]) + Friendship Beyond Self-help (pp[masked]) (Justin, who's hosting the Durham meetup for this book – https://www.meetup.com/Raleigh-Durham-Brain-Pickings-Book-Club/events/259488267 – is also considering organizing a small group that will meet ~5 times to discuss the book and our personal experiences with friendship in more depth. If you're interested, please let him know in person or via direct message on Meetup.) To purchase the book and support the meetup, please click here: https://amzn.to/2ByHKar **Important: Neither Wake nor Durham libraries carry this book. Unless you plan to buy it ($30 on Amazon), you should request it through interlibrary loan as soon as you can. See ILL links below.** Location and parking: We'll meet at the Village Green complex clubhouse in Chapel Hill. The clubhouse is the first white building on the left when you enter, next to the pool. Attendees may park in a visitor spot near the complex entrance – please do not park in non-visitor spaces. The suggested donation is $1, and you can pay at the meetup or contribute online. Please read our group guidelines before you RSVP. Hope to see you there! Links: Brain Pickings post about The Meaning of Friendship: https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/06/16/mark-vernon-friendship-work/ Wake County interlibrary loan: https://wakegov.illiad.oclc.org/illiad/logon.html Durham County interlibrary loan: https://durhamcountylibrary.org/services/ill/ Group guidelines: http://www.meetup.com/Raleigh-Durham-Brain-Pickings-Book-Club/pages/Group_Guidelines/ Contribute online: https://secure.meetup.com/Raleigh-Durham-Brain-Pickings-Book-Club/contribute/

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New World Cafe

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