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Meet kindred book lovers in a stimulating, coed book club! This book club already existed and has members, but we'd like to have new members join and we have continued doing so throughout the time the book club has existed- new blood and thoughts help make the book club even more interesting and diverse. One must fill out the form (I know it's a pain) and be selected by the group to join. We alternate between fiction and non-fiction. In the past, we met at people's homes all over the DC area; but now we meet in Dupont predominantly (you can eat and/or drink, if you want, good, inexpensive food). Perhaps we might occassionally meet at members' homes as well. We'll also have happy hours (which happens when we have book club there--before book club starts and the happy hour prices continue during the book club meeting) where we can get to know each other better and discuss our must reads, etc. At book club, you'll read a new book (wide range of genres, etc. and perhaps ones you wouldn't normally select--but when that happens book club members tell me how happy they are to be introduced to other genres/authors, etc.) and get to share your thoughts and discuss it with others. We pick a new book together and that's fun as well and we don't pick bestsellers unless it's actually a good well, written book that lends to interesting discussion/thought; (I've been told that makes us different than a lot of book clubs.). Come to be stimulated, enjoy a good discussion of an interesting book, laugh, learn, share stories, make new friends, etc!

Upcoming events (4+)

FembloversJoinWWBclub "The Spirit Catches You & You Fall Down" Anne Fadiman

Female booklovers (no prejuduce to our fab male blovers as wingwomen's an all female group)are invited to join my wingwomen(WW) bookclub. We're having another fun&fascinating WW bclub on Wed. January 26 at 7pm. We'll meet virtually to discuss the fascinating, affecting eye- opening anthropological nonfiction book "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hnong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures" by Anne Fadiman

Lia Lee was born in 1982 to a family of recent Hmong immigrants, and soon developed symptoms of epilepsy. By 1988 she was living at home but was brain dead after a tragic cycle of misunderstanding, over-medication, and culture clash: "What the doctors viewed as clinical efficiency the Hmong viewed as frosty arrogance." The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down is a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions, written with the deepest of human feeling. Sherwin Nuland said of the account, "There are no villains in Fadiman's tale, just as there are no heroes. People are presented as she saw them, in their humility and their frailty—and their nobility.

We'll discuss this book&have a fabulous time,be stimulated,enjoy wonderful company,friendship&bond-all in one evening!Hope to see you on January 26 &also if we're all fortunate at prior bookclubs.
Reviews:

"Superb, informal cultural anthropology--eye-opening, readable, utterly engaging.”The Washington Post Book World

“This is a book that should be deeply disturbing to anyone who has given so much as a moment's thought to the state of American medicine. But it is much more . . . People are presented as [Fadiman] saw them, in their humility and their frailty--and their nobility.” The New Republic

“The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down changed how doctors see themselves and how they see their patients. Anne Fadiman celebrates the complexity and the individuality of the human interactions that make up the practice of medicine while simultaneously pointing out directions for change and breaking readers' hearts with the tragedies of cultural displacement, medical limitations, and futile good intentions.” Perri Klass, M.D., author of A Not Entirely Benign Procedure

About the Author
Anne Fadiman was born in New York City and raised in Connecticut and Los Angeles. After graduating from Harvard, she worked as a wilderness instructor in Wyoming before returning to New York to write. She has been a staff writer at Life, editor-at-large of Civilization, and editor of The American Scholar. Fadiman is also the author of two collections of personal essays, Ex Libris and At Large and At Small, as well as the editor of Rereadings and Best American Essays 2003. She is married to the writer George Howe Colt. Fadiman lives with her family in western Massachusetts and serves as the Francis Writer-in-Residence at Yale.

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United States National Arboretum

$3.00

What better way to safely walk off your stay at home calories then at the Arboretum.We're going on Saturday, January 29 as we love the Arboretum & can't wait to go again; (*hope2 see U before) I hope U join us for this rare treat**To make our safe feel better beautiful in nature hikes even better & more meaningful, we've added some book talk, pet therapy & brief optional art & meditation opportunities interspersed occasionally when there's something really beautiful to see & to stop briefly & take in, discuss with others, sketch it if want, briefly meditate over its beauty if desire &/or take it in further with say a water break as well.**Come join myself & my friendly dog Bogie(Can bring guest(s) &/or a dog) on January 29 at beautiful Arboretum to enjoy beauty, get safe social distancing with masks exercise, go on a small roadtrip or walk there (if you want company on your walk there-you can join Bogie &I) & get to have fun, more exercise & a nice walk to Arboretum, meet us at 12th&U,NW @11:25 am. If not, meet us at Arboretum @1 pm.(We'll meet in front of the Visitor Center near flagpole & water) & enjoy good book talk & conversations, bond, exercise. You may bring a guest or 2 or 3 &/or a friendly dog. I can't wait to enjoy the wonderful, beautiful Arboretum with great company of fab booklovers. If Group wants, afterwards we can get drink/food outdoors @ nearby dog friendly place.

We can't wait to see U on Jan. 29**& if lucky also at Jan 22 beautiful & historic HAINS POINT Hike &/or Jan 23 beautiful must experience DUMBARTON OAKS Hike &/or Jan 26 Nonfiction Female Bookclub "The Spirit Catches You & You Fall Down" &/or Jan 29 beautiful must see ARBORETUM Hike &/or Jan 30 beautiful & historic must experience ROOSEVELT ISLAND Hike &/or Feb 1 Coed Fiction Bookclub "Washington Black" by Esi Edugyan &/or Feb 23 Fiction Female Bookclub "The Other Americans" by Laila Lalami***************

We'll walk around Arboretum & enjoy beauty, get some exercise & good book talk. Thus treat yourself to a beautiful, educational hike in National Arboretum, a remarkable hiking venue tucked away in NE DC. The hike will consist of a wind through an exotic, colorful, mildly hilly, &446-acre landscape of woodlands, fields & history. Highlights include:flowering plants, river vistas, a former brickyard, discarded pieces of US Capitol Hill columns in middle of a beautiful field that resembles art, an exotic amazingly beautiful asIan garden with a pagoda & river view & more beauty.

Dirs&Info: Arboretum's located in NE DC with parking. Join us 2 see areas most botanically diverse hiking venue. 2 entrances: 3501 New York Ave, NE& 24th& RSts off Bladensburg.

MEETING PLACE:if not meeting us to walk to Arboretum Use24th & R Entrance & meet in front of Visitor Center near flagpole & water

Drive Dir:
From NWDC: Follow New YorkAve east Right Bladensburg Left R St

From Md: Take Cap.Beltway (I 495/I95) to Exit 22B Twrds DC. Follow Balt Wash Pkway 2 New York Ave. Left Bladensburg Left R St

From Va(I395): Follow I395N 14th St Bridge &Right New York Right Bladensburg Left R

FromVa (I95&295): Follow I95 N& cross Wilson Bridge.Stay Right Lane.Bear onto 95/I295N 2 DC. Follow I295 to Exit Rt50W New York Ave & continue Rt 50 to Bladensburg Rd;Left Bladensburg Left R St

From Va (I66): Cross Roosevelt Bridge Follow Constitution Past Capitol Bldg Left Maryland Ave Left Bladensburg Rd Right R St

METRO:Stadium Armory Metro. Transfer BusB-2; disembark@Bladensburg & R St.Right R

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Theodore Roosevelt Island

$3.00

We'll be limiting our size&practicing social distancing.As our event's outside&we don't have direct contact&are taking safety precautions,give yourself needed gift of safe beautiful feel good exercise&join us Sunday January 30 &don't miss out&RSVP for our beautiful upcoming weekend Hikes.

Come join myself&my dog Bogie in exploring&enjoying hidden gem of Roosevelt Island while enjoying bonding,good conversation.We did this before&was such fun,good exercise,a beautiful setting that we loved it & thus have to do it again&several booklovers requested we go again & Bogie who loves it every time esp, as he gets to swim. If you want to hike to the Island with us, meet us outside *The Coffee Bar(TCB) at 11 am*.Or you can meet us on *Roosevelt Island's bridge at 12:30 pm*. We'll enjoy a good calorie burning hike-just 3miles-to beautiful Island-definitely worth a visit; indeed,once I went to the Island,I right away start planning my next visit.The Island gives you a wonderful escape from DC's hustle.Once there,we'll explore the Island together.Your dog-if you bring one-can swim&/or go off leash.You may bring a guest(s)&friendly dog.We should return around 2:30-3 pm.*To make our Safe Feel Better Beautiful in Nature Hikes Even Better&More Meaningful,we've added some Book Talk&brief optional art &meditation opportunities interspersed occasionally when there's something really beautiful to see&stop briefly& take in,discuss with the others,sketch it if you want, briefly meditate over its beauty if so desire &/or take in further with say a water break.**

We can't wait to see you on January 30 &**also if lucky on Jan 26 Nonfiction Female Bookclub "The Spirit Catches You & You Fall Down" &/or Feb. 1 Coed Fiction Bookclub "Washington Black" by Esi Edugyan &/or Feb.23 Fiction Female Bookclub "The Other Americans" by Laila Lalami********

Dirs:ByCar-Drivers only reach RooseveltIsland from northbound lanes of GW Mem Pkway.After Mem Bridge,follow sign 2 turn right into parking Lot.Adjacent 2 parking lot's bridge where we're meeting.

VirtualFictionBClub "Washington Black" by Esi Edugyan

Online event

$3.00

We'll be meeting on Tuesday, February 1 virtually to discuss award winning (ONE OF BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:NPR & more;WINNER,SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE;FINALIST,MAN BOOKER PRIZE) extraordinary, lush,moving,gripping, eloquent, thought provoking,hard to put down captivating historical fiction,"WASHINGTON BLACK" by Esi Edugyan.

A dazzling adventure story about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world.George Washington Black, or "Wash," an eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master's brother as his manservant.To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, & abolitionist.Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity & meaning--& where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human.But when a man is killed & a bounty is placed on Wash's head, Christopher & Wash must abandon everything. What follows is their flight along the eastern coast of America, &, finally, to a remote outpost in the Arctic. What brings Christopher & Wash together will tear them apart, propelling Wash even further across the globe in search of his true self. From the blistering cane fields of the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, from the earliest aquariums of London to the eerie deserts of Morocco, Washington Black tells a story of self-invention & betrayal, of love & redemption, of a world destroyed & made whole again, & asks the question, What's true freedom?

We'll enjoy a stimulating&fun discussion with wonderful booklover company,while enjoying a virtual happy.I can't wait til I see you if I have the privilege on February 1 & our prior bookclubs if we're fortunate.
Reviews
“Terrifically exciting . . . An engrossing hybrid of 19th-century adventure & contemporary subtlety, a rip-roaring tale of peril imbued with our most persistent strife . . . Discover what the rest of the world already knows: Edugyan is a magical writer.”TheWashingtonPost

“A lush, exhilarating travelogue reminiscent of Jules Verne . . . Edugyan, like her hero, can paint an indelible scene.”TheNewYorker

“Gripping . . . Astonishing . . . Washington Black’s presence in these pages is fierce & unsettling. His urge to live all he can is matched by his eloquence.”TheNewYorkTimes BookReview

“A wonder of an adventure story, powered by the helium of fantasy, but also by the tender sensibility of its aspiring young hero, Wash Black . . . Much of the pleasure of reading Washington Black derives from Edugyan’s ingenious storytelling gifts, but her novel is more than just a buoyant bauble . . . Washington Black is an unconventional & often touching novel about the search for transcendence above categories.”NPR/Fresh Air

“A daring work of empathy and imagination, featuring a Barbados slave boy in the 1830s who flees barbaric cruelty in a hot-air balloon and embarks on a life of adventure that is wondrous, melancholy, and strange.”TheNewYorkTimesBook Review (Editors’Choice)

“Masterful . . . Wondrous . . . Gripping . . . Edugyan’s depiction of this dark period is vivid & captivating. [She] is too subtle a novelist to belabour her story’s contemporary relevance, but, like the moral stain of human bondage, it is palpable all the same. At a time when blackness still invites unwarranted violence, young Wash’s hard lessons resonate.”TheEconomist

“Magnificent . . . By placing a black slave at the heart and centre of this epic romp, by making Wash the explorer of lands, science and art, Edugyan reclaims long-lost terrain in this ambitious, headspinning work.” FinancialTimes

“Wonderful . . . Eloquent . . . Brilliant . . . Wash and Titch are so alive as to be unforgettable . . . This important novel from the author of the superb Half-Blood Blues belongs in every library.”Booklist

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