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Book Club, Narrative Nonfiction

Consider this your invitation to read and discuss Narrative Nonfiction. We will not be reading cookbooks (though there may be a recipe or two.) No self-improvement books, (though you may find yourself changed for the better.) We will be reading across the genres of nonfiction, from history to adventure, memoir/biography and beyond. Please join us. We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 10:00AM in the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room. Pick up a copy of the next book at the reference desk.

We have a theme! In this session we will explore Dewey Decimal classification numbers in the 900s, which are all about geography, travel, biography and history. Each number on a book’s spine has a meaning. Join us as we read six books and see where those numbers take us.

April 7, 2016
Pirate Hunters: the Search for the Golden Fleece By Robert Kurson
“A thrilling new adventure of danger and deep-sea diving, historic mystery and suspense, by the author of the New York Times bestseller Shadow Divers. Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men--John Chatterton and John Mattera--are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister.” (Publisher summary)

May 5, 2016
In Montmartre: Picasso, Matisse and Modernism in Paris, 1900-1910 by Sue Roe
“A lively and deeply researched group biography of the figures who transformed the world of art in bohemian Paris in the first decade of the twentieth century. In Montmartre is a colorful history of the birth of Modernist art as it arose from one of the most astonishing collections of artistic talent ever assembled.” (Publisher summary)

June 2, 2016
Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: a Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle by Kristen Green
A New York Times Bestseller combining hard-hitting investigative journalism and a sweeping family narrative, this provocative true story reveals a little-known chapter of American history: the period after the Brown v. Board of Education decision when one Virginia school system refused to integrate.” (Publisher summary)

July 7, 2016
The Millionaire and the Bard by Andrea Mays
“Today it is the most valuable book in the world. It is the book that rescued the name of William Shakespeare and half of his plays from oblivion. The Millionaire and the Bard tells the miraculous and romantic story of the making of the First Folio, and of the American industrialist whose thrilling pursuit of the book became a lifelong obsession.” (Publisher summary)

August 4, 2016
Ada Blackjack by Jennifer Niven
“In September 1921, four young men and Ada Blackjack, a diminutive 25-year-old Eskimo woman, ventured deep into the Arctic in a secret attempt to colonize desolate Wrangel Island for Great Britain. Two years later, she emerged as the sole survivor. This young, unskilled woman conquered the seemingly unconquerable north and survived all alone after her male companions had perished.” (Publisher summary)

September, 2016
Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich
“Thad Roberts, a fellow in a prestigious NASA program had an idea--a romantic, albeit crazy, idea. He wanted to give his girlfriend the moon. Literally.” (Publisher summary)

Past titles read with the Narrative Non-Fiction Book Group.

Updated March 3, 2016