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.
April 3, 2014
Enriqués Journey: the true story of a boy determined to reunite with his mother By Sonia Nazario
"Enrique, a teenager from Honduras, sets out on a journey, braving hardship and peril, to find his mother, who had no choice but to leave him when he was a child
and go to the United States in search of work."
May 1, 2014
Strength in What Remains: a journey of remembrance and forgiveness
by Tracy Kidder
"Deo arrives in America from Burundi in search of a new life. Having survived a civil war and genocide, plagued by horrific dreams, he lands at JFK airport
with $200, no English, and no contacts. He ekes out a precarious existence then begins to meet the strangers who will change his life. "
June 5, 2014
Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau
"Thoreau's classic account of his meditative, beach-combing walking trips to Cape Cod in the early 1850s, reflecting on the elemental forces of the sea. Cape Cod chronicles Henry
David Thoreau's journey of discovery along this evocative stretch of Massachusetts coastline, during which time he came to understand the complex relationship between the sea and the shore.
July 3, 2014
Driving Mr. Albert: a trip across America with Einstein’s brain by Michael Paterniti
"Inspired by the man who gave a skeptical world a glimpse of its cosmic origins, this extraordinary writer weaves his own unified field theory of time, love, and the power to believe, once again, in eternity."
August 7, 2014
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
"Henrietta Lacks was a 31-year-old black mother of five in Baltimore when she died of cervical cancer in 1951. Without her knowledge, doctors treating her at Johns Hopkins took tissue samples from her cervix for research. This is a multilayered story about faith, science, journalism, and grace. "
September 4, 2014
Past titles read with the Narrative Non-Fiction Book Group.
Blindsided: lifting a life above illness: a reluctant memoir
by Richard M. Cohen
"Illness came calling when Cohen was a 25-year-old television news producer with expectations of a limitless future. For thirty years he battled multiple sclerosis, only to be ambushed by two bouts of cancer. With grace, humor, & lyrical prose, Cohen tackles the nature of denial and resilience, the ins and outs of the struggle for emotional health, and the redemptive effects of a loving family."