The Bookish Sort Book Club meets the first Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. in the Hawthorne Branch Meeting Room. Join us for lively discussions of fiction and nonfiction titles selected by participants in this vibrant, member-led group!
The Bookish Sort Book Club met on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 4:30 p.m. at the Hawthorne Branch Library, with six of us attending, to discuss Hidden Figures, led by Joyce King.
As you might imagine, we had an interesting discussion of Hidden Figures. Several people mentioned their work/school experiences as women during the 50s and 60s, which were similar to those of the people discussed in the book. We talked about the role of the federal government in facilitating racial and gender changes in the workplace as shown in this book. The “glass ceiling" in the environment of these women continuing today was also a topic of our discussion. Looking on the bright side, we applauded the Nobel Prize winner Katalin Kariko with Drew Weissman on Oct. 2, for their discoveries that led to the development of effective vaccines against COVID-19. I am not doing justice to the broad topics of our discussion including the treatment of minorities in our society, expectations and opportunities for women and minorities, the parenting role, and much more. You had to be here to experience the interesting discussion of the group with such broad backgrounds.
Upcoming Meeting: Thursday, Dec. 7 at 4:30 p.m. - Discussant: Candy
For our December meeting, discussant Candy will choose a holiday-themed reading which she will read aloud, followed by discussion. As there is no reading that needs to be completed prior to the meeting, this is a perfect time to join us! Happy holidays!
Jan. 4 - A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell - Discussant: Joy
Events of interest:
Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 6:45 p.m.: Santa Fe Audubon Chapter program on cardinals by Debbie Seving at Trinity Episcopal Parish Hall, 204 SR 26, downtown Melrose.
Saturday, Dec. 9 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Holiday Open House at the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. Holiday decorations in the farmhouse, refreshments, holiday music, and more. Admission to the event is free with the park entry fee.
Saturday, Jan. 13 at 1:30 p.m.: Writer’s talk at the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park. Marisella Veiga, Famous Florida Recipes: Centuries of Good Eating in the Sunshine State. A modern revision of Lowis Carlton’s beloved classic. Marisella Veiga, an award-winning journalist and short story writer, is also the author of We Carry Our Homes with Us: A Cuban-American Memoir. Book signing and food sampling at 1:30; presentation with questions and answers at 2 p.m.. Admission to the event is free with the park entry fee.
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Hawthorne Book Club Selections for 2013 Date Title Author September 5 The Yearling Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings October 4 South Moon Under Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings November 7 The Last Runaway Tracy Chavelier December 5 Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
Hawthorne Book Club Selections for 2014 Date Title Author January 2 Housekeeping: A Novel Marilynne Robinson February 6 The Occupation of Eliza Goode Shelley Fraser Mickle March 6 Gone Girl Gillian Flynn April 3 Killing Mister Watson Peter Matthiessen May 1 Queen of October Shelley Fraser Mickle June 5 The Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel Barbary July 3 People of the Book: A Novel Geraldine Brooks August 7 The Professor and the Madman Simon Winchester September 4 Artifacts Mary Anna Evans October 2 Devil in the White City Erik Larson November 6 Women of the Silk Gail Tsukiyama December 4 The Boys in the Boat Daniel James Brown
Hawthorne Book Club Selections for 2015 Date Title Author January 8 The Monuments Men Robert M. Edsel February 5 South of Broad Pat Conroy March 5 The Hunting Dogs John Horst April 2 The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession Charlie Lovett May 7 Olive Kitteridge Elizabeth Stout June 4 Middlesex: A Novel Jeffrey Eugenides July 9 The Goldfinch Donna Tartt August 6 The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins September 3 Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Rebecca Skloot October 1 Isaac's Storm Erik Larson November 5 Literary Potluck December 3 The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace Jeff Hobbs
Hawthorne Book Club Selections for 2016 Date Title Author January 7 The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry Gabrille Zevin February 4 All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr March 3 To Kill a Mockingbird/Go Set a Watchman Harper Lee April 7 The Shipping News Annie Proulx May 5 Tracks Robyn Davidson June 2 The Razor's Edge W. Somerset Maugham July 7 Water for Elephants Sara Guren August 4 Still Life Louise Penny October 19 And The Good News Is Dana Perino November 3 Literary Potluck December 1 The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus Jacques Cousteau and Susan Schiefelbein
Hawthorne Book Club Selections for 2017 Date Title Author January 5 Major Pettigrew's Last Stand Helen Simonson February 2 Cross Creek Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings March 2 Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck April 6 The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen May 4 Life of Pi Yann Martel June 1 Little Paris Bookshop Nina George July 6 Lab Girl Hope Jahern August 3 Summer Edith Wharton September 7 *cancelled due to Hurricane Irma* October 5 The Whip Karen Kondazian November 2 Literary Potluck & Choosing Book Club Name, The Bookish Sort Book Club December 7 The Dark Flood Rise Margaret Drabble
Hawthorne Book Club Selections for 2018 Date Title Author January 4 The Widow Fiona Barton February 1 *no meeting* March 1 A Man Called Ove: A Novel Fredrick Backman April 5 H is for Hawk Helen MacDonald May 3 Our Souls at Night Kent Haruf June 7 The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood July 5 The Sellout Paul Beatty August 2 The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple Jeff Guinn September 6 Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and A Fifty-Year Search Martin Sixsmith October 4 My Cousin Rachael Daphne du Maurier November 1 Literary Potluck December 6 Plainsong Kent Haruf
Hawthorne Book Club Selections for 2019 Date Title Author January 3 The Bite of History Caroline Anaya February 7 Barracoon Zora Neale Hurston March 7 Why I Live at the P. O. [group read] Eudora Welty April 4 American Philosophy: A Love Story John Kaag May 2 Princess Ruth: Love and Tragedy in Hawaii Jo Ann Lordahl June 6 Gentleman from Moscow Amor Towles July 11 Varina Charles Frazier August 1 The Book Thief Richard Flanagan September 5 *cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian* October 3 Poetry - each member brought a poem to share November 7 Literary Potluck December 5 A Christmas Memory [group read] Truman Capote
Hawthorne Book Club Selections for 2020 Date Title Author January 2 Joy School Elizabeth Berg February 6 Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owen March 5 House on Mango Street Sandra Cisneros April 2 *COVID-19 Closure* June 4 State of Wonder (via Zoom) Ann Patchett July 2 Beekeeper of Aleppo: A Novel (via Zoom) Christy Lefteri August 7 Angela's Ashes (Zoom) Frank McCourt September 3 News of the World (Zoom) Paulette Jiles October 1 Underground Railroad (Zoom) Colson Whitehead November 5 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Zoom) Maya Angelou December 3 A Child's Christmas in Wales (Zoom) Dylan Thomas
Hawthorne Book Club Selections for 2021 Date Title Author January 7 Zoo Station (Zoom) David Downing February 4 The Cellist of Sarajevo (Zoom) Steven Gaolway March 4 A Promised Land (Zoom) Barack Obama April 1 Guests on Earth (Zoom) Lee Smith May 6 A Long Way from Chicago (Zoom) Richard Peck June 3 The Great Alone (Zoom) Kristin Hannah July 1 The Indigo Girl (Zoom) Natasha Boyd August 5 The Overstory: A Novel (Zoom) Richard Powers September 2 The Snow Child (Zoom) Eowyn Ivey October 7 The Vanishing Half (Zoom) Brit Bennett November 4 The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek (Zoom) Kim Richardson December 2 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Zoom) Barbara Robinson
Hawthorne Book Club Selections for 2022 Date Title Author January 2 Klara and the Sun (Zoom) Kazuo Ishiguro February 3 The Nightingale (Zoom) Kristin Hannah March 3 Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight (Zoom) Alexandra Fuller April 7 The Warmth of Other Suns (Zoom) Isabelle Wilkerson May 5 The Madness of Crowds (resuming in-person meetings) Louise Penny June 2 The Lincoln Highway Amor Towles July 7 Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century Jessica Bruder, Karen White, et al. August 4 Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America Barbara Ehrenreich September 1 The Midnight Library: A Novel Matt Haig October 6 American Dirt Jeanine Cummins November 3 The Liar's Dictionary Eley Williams December 1 Memory of a Large Christmas Lillian Smith
Hawthorne Book Club Selections for 2023 Date Title Author January 5 Bewilderment Richard Powers February 2 Silent Spring Rachael Carson March 2 Ecology of a Cracker Childhood Janisse Ray May 4 Midnight's Children Salman Rushdie June 1 Strength in What Remains Tracy Kidder July 6 Remarkably Bright Creatures Shelby Van Pelt August 3 The Testaments Margaret Atwood September 7 Meeting Cancelled October 5 Booth Karen Joy Fowler November 2 Hidden Figures Margot Lee Shetterly December 7 TBA
Hawthorne Book Club Selections for 2024 Date Title Author January 4 A Woman of No Importance Sonia Purnell
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