Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Books We've Read and Discussed


January: On Bullshit by Harry Frankfurt

February: The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

April: Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard


January: The Glass Universe by Dana Sobel

March: High Notes by Gay Talese

May: Wild Coast by John Gimlette

June: The Firebrand and the First Lady by Patricia Bell-Scott

August: Dream Hoarders by Richard Reeves

October: Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History by Scott Selby and Greg Campbell

November: The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone


Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Operation Thunderbolt by Saul David

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

Hope: A School, a Team, a Dream by Bill Reynolds

The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal behind the World's Favorite Board Game by Mary Pilon 


The Prize by Dale Russakoff

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan

How We Got to Now by Steven Johnson 

The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal 

The Rush: America's Fevered Quest for Fortune, 1848 - 1853 by Edward Dolnick


Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley

In the Shadow of Memory by Floyd Skoot

The Big Fix by Brett Forrest

The Snowden Files by Luke Harding

Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara by David Kertzer

Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton


River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey by Candice Millard

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard

The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade that Gave the World Impressionism by Ross King

Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis by Robert Edsel

Vodka: A Global History by Patricia Herlihy

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo


February 8  Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff

March 21  Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty by John M. Barry

May 24  Imagine by Jonah Lehrer

July 10   Sons of Providence: The Brown Brothers, the Slave Trade, and the American Revolution by Charles Rappleye

August 21  Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach

October 15  The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code by Sam Kean

December 6  The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester


February 10  You Are Here: Why We Can Find Our Way to the Moon, but Get Lost in the Mall by Colin Ellard

March 23  The Big Short by Michael Lewis

May 4  Just Kids by Patti Smith

July 13  The Brother Gardeners by Andrea Wulf

September 7  The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy by Sasha Issenberg

November 30  In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson


Jan 27  My Father’s Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq by Ariel Sabar

April 6  Tokyo Vice: An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan by Jake Adelstein

June 16  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

July 27  The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan

Sept 21  Fifty-nine in ‘84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball, and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had by Edward Achorn

Dec. 7  Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History by S. C. Gwynne


Jan. 22  Infamous Scribblers: The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism by Eric Burns

March 5  Sweet: An Eight-Ball Odyssey by Heather Byer

April 29  The Universe in a Mirror: The Saga of the Hubble Space Telescope and the Visionaries Who Built It by Robert Zimmerman

June 17  Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time by Jonathan Weiner

August 12  Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, and the Birth of America by Stephen Johnson

Sept 30   The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann

Nov. 17   Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy by Dyana Furmansky


Jan. 23   Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder by Kenn Kaufman

April 9   Cape Wind: Money, Celebrity, Class, Politics, and the Battle for Our Energy Future on Nantucket Sound by Robert Whitcomb and Wendy Williams

May 28   Founding Faith: Providence, Politics, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America by Steven Waldman

July 16   Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food by Jennifer 8. Lee

Sept. 17   This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel Levitin

Nov. 19   Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do by Tom Vanderbilt


Jan. 24  Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick

Mar 22  The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland by Hugh Thomson

May 29  The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World by  Randall E. Stross

July 12  The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down by Colin Woodard

Sept. 26  A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 by Simon Winchester

Nov. 20  An Obsession with Butterflies: Our Long Love Affair with a Singular Insect by Sharman Russell


Jan. 24  The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History by John M. Barry

March 28  Stealing God's Thunder: Benjamin Franklin's Lightning Rod and the Invention of America by Philip Dray

May 2   Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson

June 29  Pets in America: A History by Katherine Grier

October 11  Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared M. Diamond

Nov 20  Double Eagle: The Epic Story of the World's Most Valuable Coin by Alison Frankel


First Meeting  – November 29, 2005

First book:   Signor Marconi's Magic Box: The Most Remarkable Invention of the 19th Century & the Amateur Inventor Whose Genius Sparked a Revolution by Gavin Weightman