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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.

October 1, 2015
Last Train to Zona Verde: my ultimate African safari By Paul Theroux
“Following the success of the acclaimed Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and The Great Railway Bazaar, this book is an ode to the last African journey of the world's most celebrated travel writer.”

November 5, 2015
A Walk in the Woods: rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
“A laugh-out-loud account of an outrageously rugged hike by the beloved author of Lost Continent and Notes from a Small Island.”

December 3, 2015
After Visiting Friends: a son's story by Michael Hainey
“A decade in the writing, the haunting story of a son's quest to understand the mystery of his father's death - a universal memoir about the secrets families keep and the role they play in making us who we are.”

January 7, 2016
When Paris Went Dark: the City of Light under German occupation, 1940-1944 by Ronald C. Rosbottom
“When Paris Went Dark evokes with stunning precision the detail of daily life in a city under occupation, and the brave people who fought against the darkness. Relying on a range of resources-- letters, archives, interviews, personal histories, flyers, fiction, photographs, film and historical studies, Rosbottom has forged a groundbreaking book that will forever influence how we understand those dark years in the City of Light.”

February 4, 2016
Nothing to Envy: ordinary lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick
Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over 15 years--a chaotic period that saw the unchallenged rise to power of Kim Jong Il and the devastation of a famine that killed one-fifth of the population.”

March 3, 2016
The Mapmaker's Wife: a true tale of love, murder and survival in the Amazon by Robert Whitaker
“In the early years of the 18th century, a band of French scientists set off on a daring, decade-long expedition to South America in a race to measure the precise shape of the earth. Like Lewis and Clark's exploration of the American West, their incredible mission revealed the mysteries of a little-known continent to a world hungry for discovery.”

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

Updated September 3, 2015