hopefully these videos don’t offend any of the trump voters in the group. speaking of which, robert, there are two pepsi bottles in my fridge leftover from the last time i hosted. you’re clearly obligated to chug them on the 28th.
The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence by Carl Sagan is our new pick.
Next club is September 28th at Jim’s house in Longmont. He is bringing the picks.
I know, everyone is busy in summer, but now that it’s over, let’s rally for club!
September’s Pick: Pulitzer Prize winning The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence by Carl Sagan, only 288 pages.
September’s Club: September 28 at Jim’s place in Longmont.
Mark your calendars boys and hope to see you there!
Sticking to the Pulitzer Price Winning Books Theme. 2 fiction 2 nonfiction. All as short as I could find them. – Ryan
Andrew Sean Greer 272 pages
“Less is the funniest, smartest and most humane novel…. Greer writes sentences of arresting lyricism and beauty. His metaphors come at you like fireflies….
The book covers themes such as romantic love, LGBT relationships, age, and travel. Greer began writing Less as a “very serious novel” but found that “the only way to write about [being gay and aging] is to make it a funny story. And I found that by making fun of myself, I could actually get closer to real emotion – closer to what I wanted in my more serious books.”Tennessee WIlliams 224 pages.It is a very short list of 20th-century American plays that continue to have the same power and impact as when they first appeared―57 years after its Broadway premiere, Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire is one of those plays. The story famously recounts how the faded and promiscuous Blanche DuBois is pushed over the edge by her sexy and brutal brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Streetcar launched the careers of Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden, and solidified the position of Tennessee Williams as one of the most important young playwrights of his generation, as well as that of Elia Kazan as the greatest American stage director of the ’40s and ’50s.The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence
Carl Sagan 288 pages.Dr. Carl Sagan takes us on a great reading adventure, offering his vivid and startling insight into the brain of man and beast, the origin of human intelligence, the function of our most haunting legends—and their amazing links to recent discoveries.
Elizabeth Kolbert 336 pages.
A major book about the future of the world, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes
Over the last half-billion years, there have been Five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us. In prose that is at once frank, entertaining, and deeply informed, New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before.
Bookclub is this Friday at Chris’s apartment. Picks coming…
13630 Via Varra. Terracina Apts. We will be to the left of the entrance fountain
We had a great bookclub last night, sitting outside at Andrew’s. Our next book is Exit West by by Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid. It is a fictional immigrant story that has great reviews including by former President Barack Obama. Donald Trump doesn’t read.
Next club is August 24th at Chris’ apartment. Address to come.
Ryan will bring the book picks. Hopefully, something a bit thinner than Lonesome Dove. 🙂
Bookclub is tomorrow, Friday, July 27th at Andrew’s House in Longmont (1108 Sherman Street) at 6:30. He’s cooking brats. Bring drinks, veggies, chips, etc. Here are Quinn’s picks for voting.
The Spider and the Fly by Claudia Rowe (288 pages)
In this superb work of literary true crime — a spellbinding combination of memoir and psychological suspense — a female journalist chronicles her unusual connection with a convicted serial killer and her search to understand the darkness inside us.
“Well, well, Claudia. Can I call you Claudia? I’ll have to give it to you, when confronted at least you’re honest, as honest as any reporter… You want to go into the depths of my mind and into my past. I want a peek into yours. It is only fair, isn’t it?”—Kendall Francois
In September 1998, young reporter Claudia Rowe was working as a stringer for the New York Times in Poughkeepsie, New York, when local police discovered the bodies of eight women stashed in the attic and basement of the small colonial home that Kendall Francois, a painfully polite 27-year-old community college student, shared with his parents and sister.
Growing up amid the safe, bourgeois affluence of New York City, Rowe had always been secretly fascinated by the darkness, and soon became obsessed with the story and with Francois. She was consumed with the desire to understand just how a man could abduct and strangle eight women — and how a family could live for two years, seemingly unaware, in a house with the victims’ rotting corpses. She also hoped to uncover what humanity, if any, a murderer could maintain in the wake of such monstrous evil.
Reaching out after Francois was arrested, Rowe and the serial killer began a dizzying four-year conversation about cruelty, compassion, and control; an unusual and provocative relationship that would eventually lead her to the abyss, forcing her to clearly see herself and her own past — and why she was drawn to danger.
Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca (432 pages)
Mrs. Sherlock Holmes tells the incredible true life story of Mrs. Grace Humiston, the New York lawyer and detective who solved the famous cold case of Ruth Cruger, an 18-year-old girl who disappeared in 1917. Grace was an amazing lawyer and traveling detective during a time when no women were practicing these professions. She focused on solving cases no one else wanted and advocating for innocents. Grace became the first female U.S. District Attorney and made ground-breaking investigations into modern slavery.
One of Grace’s greatest accomplishments was solving the Cruger case after following a trail of corruption that lead from New York to Italy. Her work changed how the country viewed the problem of missing girls. But the victory came with a price when she learned all too well what happens when one woman upstages the entire NYPD.
In the literary tradition of In Cold Blood and The Devil in the White City, Brad Ricca’s Mrs. Sherlock Holmes is a true crime tale told in spine-tingling fashion. This story is about a woman whose work was so impressive that the papers gave her the nickname of fiction’s greatest sleuth. With important repercussions in the present about kidnapping, the role of the media, and the truth of crime stories, the great mystery of the book — and its haunting twist ending — is how one woman can become so famous only to disappear completely.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (231 pages)
In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through.
Exit West follows these characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.
The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut (224 pages)
The Sirens of Titan is an outrageous romp through space, time, and morality. The richest, most depraved man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course there’s a catch to the invitation—and a prophetic vision about the purpose of human life that only Vonnegut has the courage to tell.
Book club is this Friday, July 27th at 6:30 at Andrew’s house. We will be discussing Hemingway’s Nick Adams Stories.
1108 Sherman St
Longmont CO 80501