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Welcome to the Metro Philadelphia Book Club. This meetup is open to anyone who wants to join in. Most of our meetups will take place at pubs around the city where we will discuss the months selection over drinks and/or dinner. Some of our previous books have been The Road, Boomsday, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Running With Scissors, The Gathering, Then We Came to an End, On The Road and many others. We were mentioned in Philadelphia Magazines "things to do" issue (July, 2009), as a top book club in the city by CBSPhilly in 2013 and the Philly Voice in 2016. Also, in 2016 it was reported that we were the seventh largest active book club in the world. But we do like our cozy pub discussions.

Hope to see you out soon!

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Anne & Emmett: A One-Act Play by Janet Langhart Cohen

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Janet Langhart Cohen's Anne & Emmett: A One-Act Play is an imaginary conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till, both victims of racial intolerance and hatred. Frank is the thirteen-year-old Jewish girl whose diary provided a gripping perspective of the Holocaust. Till is the fourteen-year-old African-American boy whose brutal murder in Mississippi sparked the modern American civil rights movement.

The one-act play opens with the two teenagers meeting in memory, a place that isolates them from the cruelty they experienced during their lives. The beyond-the-grave encounter draws the startling similarities between the two youths’ harrowing experiences at the hands of societies that couldn't protect them.

In memory, Anne recounts hiding in a cramped attic with her family after German dictator Adolf Hitler ordered the Nazi military to round up Jewish people throughout Europe, and put them in concentration camps in route to gas chambers. At the age of fifteen, Anne died of typhus at the Bergen-Belsen Nazi concentration camp in March 1945, a few weeks before British troops liberated the camp.

Emmett tells Anne how he, in 1955, ended up being brutally attacked by two white racists who beat and tortured him before shooting him in the head and tossing his body into the Tallahatchie River with a cotton-gin fan tied to his neck. This happened after he whistled at a white woman while visiting his uncle in Money, Mississippi.

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New reading list is posted below. This is a work in progress. Dates for meetings will need tinkering. Comments?

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

The Accidental by Ali Smith

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Shopgirl by Steve Martin

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

The New Republic by Lionel Shriver

The Price of a Child by Lorene Cary

Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Invisible Man

Native Son

Go Tell it on the Mountain

The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani

David Wong - Slacker sensibility in a world of Lovecraftian horror. Hilarious without watering down the scary.

Hemingway - Always Hemingway. He's the best and the man.

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Despair by Vladimir Nabokov

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

Manufacturing Consent by Chomsky

It's Even Worse than it Looks by Mann & Ornstein

King Leopold's Ghost by Hochschild

Burr by Gore Vidal

The Death of Common Sense by Howard

The Culture of Narcissism by Lasch

Breaking the News by Fallows

The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted by Lofgren

The Best and the Brightest by Halberstam

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Deacon King Kong: A Novel by James McBride (Repeat)

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