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We're adding another meet up each month to chat about anything else that we're reading, and generally catch up with each other. Join us to discuss what you're reading, share book recommendations, and share community as we all find our way through this pandemic together.
THIS MEETING WILL BE VIRTUAL. October holds the celebration of Mawlid al-Nabi, which commemorates the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Since the City of Brass takes place in Egypt, this is our book selection for the month of October. https://pluralism.org/birthday-of-the-prophet-mawlid-al-nabi https://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/34904/Why-do-Muslims-celebrate-Mawlid-al-Nabawi https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32718027-the-city-of-brass Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by—palm readings, zars, healings—are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills; a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles. But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale: across hot, windswept sands teeming with creatures of fire, and rivers where the mythical marid sleep; past ruins of once-magnificent human metropolises, and mountains where the circling hawks are not what they seem, lies Daevabad, the legendary city of brass, a city to which Nahri is irrevocably bound. In that city, behind gilded brass walls laced with enchantments, behind the six gates of the six djinn tribes, old resentments are simmering. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal. That magic cannot shield her from the dangerous web of court politics. That even the cleverest of schemes can have deadly consequences. After all, there is a reason they say be careful what you wish for... Hardcover, 533 pages Published November 14th 2017 by Harper Voyager https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32718027-the-city-of-brass
THIS MEETING WILL BE VIRTUAL. November 11th is Polish Independence Day. In acknowledgement, our read this month is by an acclaimed Polish author. https://culture.pl/en/article/why-does-poland-celebrate-independence-day-on-11th-november https://www.inyourpocket.com/warsaw/Independence-Day_72954f https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42983724-drive-your-plow-over-the-bones-of-the-dead In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind... A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale, Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice?
THIS MEETING WILL BE VIRTUAL. We have not read any books from France yet in our MeetUp, so this December we'll be reading a French novel. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47776.I_Wish_Someone_Were_Waiting_for_Me_Somewhere I Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere explores how a life can be changed irrevocably in just one fateful moment. A pregnant mother's plans for the future unravel at the hospital; a travelling salesman learns the consequences of an almost-missed exit on the motorway in the newspaper the next morning; while a perfect date is spoilt by a single act of thoughtlessness. In those crucial moments Gavalda demonstrates her almost magical skill in conveying love, lust, longing, and loneliness. Someone I Loved is a hauntingly intimate look at the intolerably painful, yet sometimes valuable consequences that adultery can have on a marriage and the individuals involved. A simple tale, yet long in substance, Someone I Loved ends like most great love affairs, forever leaving you wanting just one more moment.