We had a great bookclub at Tim’s house Friday. 11 guys came. 4 newbies.
We chose The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú (buy local, digital, or library!). This book is a non-fiction account the years Cantú spent working as an agent for the US Border Patrol, and his interior journey toward coming to terms with the violent nature of that work. He became obsessed with the border in college, and had become filled with all of these questions about it…
For Francisco Cantu, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantu joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantu tries not to think where the stories go from there.
Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantu discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story. Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a River makes urgent and personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line.
About the Author:
Francisco Cantú served as an agent for the United States Border Patrol from 2008 to 2012, working in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. A former Fulbright fellow, he is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a 2017 Whiting Award. His writing and translations have been featured in Best American Essays, Harper’s, n+1, Orion, and Guernica, as well as on This American Life. He lives in Tucson.
Next book club is in DENVER at new guy Austin’s house on February 8th. 221 S. Garfield St. #206, Denver, CO 80209.
For tonight’s club
245 32nd st
- Brave New World – Huxley
- Crime and Punishment -Dostoevsky
- Calypso – Sedaris
- The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border – Cantú
There will be a RUSSIAN theme (Don’t worry, they already approved our picks…. They did it right after they helped out Donald).
Bookclub is at Tim’s house in Boulder @ 6:30 PMish
Tim’s house: 245 32nd st, Boulder
Hey boys, the club is next Friday in Boulder at new guy Tim’s house. I’ll post the address soon, and the new pics to vote on.
I finished Empire of the Sun and it was fantastic and interesting. I’ll be interested to talk with you about the author’s other work and how he told his story in our book. Be there.
We had 7 or 8 at club last week and 5 or 6 had read the book. Great discussion! Thanks Mark for hosting (sorry Robert).
Our new book is Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard. You’ve got more than a month. Go get it motherfucker.
Our next club is January 11th @ new guy Tim’s house in Boulder. Address to come.
- Club is in Loveland at Mark’s house this Friday. Be there!Micheal LewisThe Fifth RiskPages: 219NFWhat are the consequences if the people given control over our government have no idea how it works? “The election happened,” remembers Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, then deputy secretary of the Department of Energy. “And then there was radio silence.” Across all departments, similar stories were playing out: Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed about the functions of their new workplace. Some even threw away the briefing books that had been prepared for them. Michael Lewis’s brilliant narrative takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its own leaders.J.G. BallardEmpire of the SunPages: 351NFJim is separated from his parents in a world at war. To survive, he must find a deep strength greater than all the events that surround him.
Shanghai, 1941 — a city aflame from the fateful torch of Pearl Harbor. In streets full of chaos and corpses, a young British boy searches in vain for his parents. Imprisoned in a Japanese concentration camp, he is witness to the fierce white flash of Nagasaki, as the bomb bellows the end of the war…and the dawn of a blighted world.
Ballard’s enduring novel of war and deprivation, internment camps and death marches, and starvation and survival is an honest coming-of-age tale set in a world thrown utterly out of joint.
Roald DahlGoing SoloPages: 209NFHere is the action-packed sequel to Boy, a tale of Dahl’s exploits as a World War II pilot. Told with the same irresistible appeal that has made Roald Dahl one the world’s best-loved writers, Going Solo brings you directly into the action and into the mind of this fascinating man.
From book cover:
The second part of Roald Dahl’s extraordinary life story. Here he is grown up: first in Africa, then learning to be a wartime fighter pilot. It is a story that is funny, frightening and full of fantasy – as you would expect.
The first part of Roald Dahl’s life story: Boy, is also available in the New Windmill Series.David DowningPotsdam StationPages: 340Fictionn April 1945, Hitler’s Reich is on the verge of extinction. Assaulted by Allied bombs and Soviet shells, ruled by Nazis with nothing to lose, Berlin has become the most dangerous place on earth.John Russell’s son Paul is stationed on the Eastern Front with the German Army, awaiting the Soviets’ final onslaught. In Berlin, Russell’s girlfriend Effi has been living in disguise, helping fugitives to escape from Germany. With a Jewish orphan to care for, she’s trying to outlast the Nazis.
Russell hasn’t heard from either of them since fleeing Germany in 1941. He is desperate to find out if they’re alive and to protect them from the advancing Red Army. He flies to Moscow, seeking permission to enter Berlin with the Red Army as a journalist, but when the Soviet’s arrest him as a spy, things look bleak—until they find a use for him that has him parachuting into Berlin behind German lines.
Club is coming up next Friday, November 30 @ 6:30 at Mark’s. 2927 Katie Dr., Loveland, CO
The book – Radio Free Vermont is a super quick read and really great. I have a few pages left. You still have time, seriously, or you could audiobook it.
“We needed to be big to go from sea to shining sea… to fight the Nazis… to go to the moon – but we’ve been there and done that. Now – maybe now we need to be small, or at least smaller. Maybe after a few hundred years of growing steadily bigger we’re now big enough…. My guess is, Vermont on its own will be a lot closer to what Lincoln had in mind for a healthy country.”