Monday, June 2, 2008

AAUW BOOK CLUB Reading List for Sept. ’08 to June 2009

From Marjorie Regan:

1.Sept. 16, 2008 The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid . Changez, a Princeton educated Pakistani has a wonderful job in NYC until 9-11 changes everything.

2.Oct. 21, 2008 Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. A Baptist Missionary from Georgia, brings his wife and four daughters to the Belgian Congo. He doesn’t understand the culture or the events as the country becomes Zaire. “ The women tell the tale.”

3 Nov. 18, 2008 Memories, Dreams and Reflections by Carl G. Jung. This is Jung’s partly autobiographical exploration into the psyche. He works to create balance and harmony and to “integrate spirituality and unconscious realms.”

4.Dec. 16, 2008 Vivi Hlvasa will help us explore the poems in Section 2 of the looseleaf binder that she has assembled. The binder can be purchased or borrowed from the library.

5.January 20,2009 The Grave Diggers Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates. NYT book review says this is the story of “a woman whose family fled Hitler, and she, in turn flees the dangerous men in her life.”

6. Feb. 17,2009 The Known World by E. P. Jones. Before the Civil War, a black slave buys his freedom and then buys black men to work for him.

7. March 17, 2009 The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. This heroine in early 20th century New York has no fortune and is unable to find her place in the upper .level of society. Fictional depiction of the rigid class system of the time.

8. April 21, 2009 Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles- (BCB) Adair Colley, an 18 year old girl in Missouri at the time of the Civil War is arrested by the Union Army as an Enemy Woman. She is interrogated by a Union Major and they fall in love.

9. May 19, 2009 Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson. A hurt Mt. climber builds schools in Afganistan. This is a true story.

10. June 16, 2009 Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. Henry Fleming is a teenager who joins the Union Army during the Civil War. He is fearful of killing and dying and friends betray his fears. His wound is the red badge of courage. This is a coming of age story that does NOT glorify war. It has been called the first modern American novel.

Photo by Diamond Geyser

No comments:

Post a Comment