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June 24, 2008

Jewish Book Council - info for book clubs

Here's a page from the Jewish Book Council that includes book recommendations for book clubs.

Posted by s-gang at 2:08 PM

June 19, 2008

June book club conversational jottings

Last night, I wrote notes about the books that came up in the conversation on the back of my grocery list. Since then Anne pitched in with some citations, and I finally was awake enough to check the others. Here are some of the fascinating titles and names that came up in the conversation last night. Scroll down to the earlier entry for the Modern Marvels Jewish graphic novels talks at Highland. I'm hoping you can catch one or more. It will be fun!

Desert queen : the extraordinary life of Gertrude Bell, adventurer, adviser to kings, ally of Lawrence of Arabia / Janet Wallach.

Franklin and Winston : an intimate portrait of an epic friendship / Jon Meacham.

Ex libris : confessions of a common reader / Anne Fadiman

The devil in the white city: murder, magic, and madness at the fair that changed America/
Erik Larson 2003 1st ed.

Other books by Simon Winchester, incl. A Crack in the Edge of the World, Krakatoa, and more: longer list below

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl true tale, much more than a cooking memoir! (at least it's not about knitting ;-)

The Glass Castle - couple from different socioeconomic classes marry

> Churchill's mother Jennie Jerome Churchill woman with money marries man with title (I think) - mixing of social classes
-- “He has a future and I have a past, so we should be all right.� JJC Quotes

Complications: a surgeon's notes on an imperfect science / Atul Gawande
2002 1st ed. --A brilliant and courageous doctor reveals, in gripping accounts of true cases, the power and limits of modern medicine. Sometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going on in a patient is to operate, to look inside with one's own eyes. This book is exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is -- complicated, perplexing, and profoundly human....

Rhett Butler's people / Donald McCaig; Margaret Mitchell
2007 1st ed.

Simon Winchester Bibliography from Contemporary Writers.com
In Holy Terror: Reporting the Ulster Troubles Faber and Faber, 1974
American Heartbeat: Some Notes from a Midwestern Journey Faber and Faber, 1976
Their Noble Lordships: The Hereditary Peerage Today Faber and Faber, 1981
Prison Diary, Argentina Chatto & Windus, 1983
Stones of Empire: The Buildings of the Raj/Jan Morris (with photographs and captions by Simon Winchester) Oxford University Press, 1983
Outposts: Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire Hodder & Stoughton, 1985
Korea: A Walk Through the Land of Miracles Grafton, 1988
The Pacific Hutchinson, 1991
Pacific Nightmare Sidgwick & Jackson, 1992
Small World (with Martin Parr) Dewi Lewis, 1995
The River at the Centre of the World Viking, 1997
The Surgeon of Crowthorne Viking, 1998
The Fracture Zone: A Return to the Balkans Viking, 1999
America's Idea of a Good Time (with Kate Schermerhorn) Dewi Lewis, 2001
The Map That Changed the World Viking, 2001
Krakatoa - The Day the World Exploded: 27 August 1883 Viking, 2003
The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary Oxford University Press, 2003
A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 Viking, 2005

> movies:
Fierce People (misremembered as Anthropology) - another but unusual story of social class struggles of an adolescent son of divorced parents

Incredible Hulk

Iron Man

Posted by s-gang at 3:17 PM

June 18, 2008

Modern Marvels

Don't miss Modern Marvels, which kicks off next Tuesday evening, 7 p.m. at Highland Park Branch of St. Paul Public Library!


The University Libraries are delighted to work with the University of Minnesota Center for Jewish Studies and the Friends of Saint Paul Public Library to present a second book discussion series in Let's Talk About It: Jewish Literature.

The Highland Park Branch of the Saint Paul Public Library will host the free five-part reading and discussion series called Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature – Modern Marvels.

Judith Katz will lead these five discussions. Katz is author of several books and teaches at the University of Minnesota Center for Jewish Studies.
Katz has received several awards and grants, including a Loft McKnight Award, Fiction. Her numerous writings include the novel, The Escape Artist and Running Fiercely Toward a High Thin Sound, for which she won the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts Crawford Prize for Best New Fiction.


*June 24, 2008 */A Contract with God/ by Will Eisner
*July 8 */The Complete Maus/ by Art Spiegelman
*July 22* /Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer/ by Ben Katchor
*August 5 */The Quitter / by Harvey Pekar
*August 19* /The Rabbi's Cat/ by Joann Sfar

To register contact Susan Gangl

The series explores Jewish literature and culture through scholar-led discussions of contemporary and classic books on the theme of “Modern Marvels: Jewish Adventures in the Graphic Novel.� The program is the result of a grant to the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities Libraries, which is partnering with The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. Local support is provided by the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Minnesota. Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature, a reading and discussion series, has been made possible through a grant from Nextbook and the American Library Association.

Posted by s-gang at 10:59 PM