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I’ll start us off with a recommendation for a non-fiction title: NOW YOU SEE IT: How Technology and Brain Science will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st century (Viking, 2011). The paperback edition just came out. Cathy is a chaired professor at Duke and co-founder of a “collaboratory” called HASTAC (For Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology); I listened to her talk on Thursday at Flyleaf and I think I can guarantee there’s a lot of issues addressed in the book that would make a good discussion for us.
A fiction title that I found excellent and also provocative for discussion is LOST MEMORY OF SKIN by Russell Banks.
A couple of other good non-fiction titles are
Quiet; The Power of Introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Nudge: Improving decisions about health, wealth and happiness by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein
The swerve: How the world became modern by Stephen Greenblatt
1493: Uncovering the new world Columbus created by Charles C. Mann
The Social Animal: The hidden sources of love, character and achievement by David Brooks
Moonwalking with Einstein: The art and science of remembering everything by Joshua Foer
Here comes everybody: The power of organizing without organizations by Clay Shirky
What happy people know: How the new science of happiness can change your life for the better by Dan Baker and Cameron Stauth
A few fiction titles that I might recommend in addition to the one above:
The thousand autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
Room by Emma Donoghue
Trespass by Rose Tremain
The museum of innocence by Orphan Pamuk
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides (or his The Marriage Plot)
The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst
Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Inheritance of Loss by
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Lark and Termite by Jayne Anne Phillips
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (or his The Corrections)
I could go on, but I think I’d best stop here. Remember my two top picks are the first two at the beginning, one non-fiction and one fiction
Thank you so much to Evelyn for leading what I have heard was a great discussion about A Sense of an Ending. Is anyone interested in taking on the task of keeping conversation rolling for our next book, Banana?
Also...it's time to think about books for October and November. Anyone have any Fiction and Non-fiction suggestions????
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