A story set in a unique culture. The setting is the Korean island of Jeju, a small Korean island with a dramatic history and a unique ecosystem. Here, women do dangerous diving work and men take care of the children. The book sweeps thru the age of Japanese colonialism, World War II, the Korean War, to our time of cellphones and wetsuits.
Available at our libraries.
Good Reads book review
Financial Times trip report
In 1986, the Los Angeles Public Library burned. Four hundred thousand books were lost. A New Yorker reporter investigates the event and the history of libraries.
We will study a mystery, meet memorable characters, and learn odd facts. A fun book for book lovers.
The author moved into the ambassador’s residence in Prague and discovered hidden swastikas. He investigated. This book is the startling history of this building and its occupants.
Note: An extra credit assignment is to also read Never Stop Walking, by Christina Rickardsson. This is her journey from poverty in Brazil, to education in Sweden, and beyond.
An intense novel of war, medicine, and romance set in World War I.
The New York Times liked it: “Brims with improbable narrative pleasures. Pages crackle with excitement. A spectacular success.” Also liked by the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle and NPR.
Note: Nicky & Ron ask that we bring appetizers and wine. We will nibble and converse elegantly in a common room at their new residence, Holladay Park Plaza.
fascism [fash-iz-uh m] : a political movement that follows the principles and methods of Mussolini in Italy 1922-1944.
This book examines its methods, revival, and danger. Secretary Albright was U.S. Secretary of State and is a World War II refugee from Czechoslovakia. Chosen as a Best Book of 2018 by The Economist.
Some reviewers noted that the audio version, read by the author, was clear and powerful.
Americanah is the story of two Nigerians making their way in the U.S. and UK.
It is the Multnomah County Library Everyone Reads 2019 selection.
Also, winner of the National Book Critics Award for Fiction, one of PBS’s best-loved novels, and a Barack Obama summer reading pick.
Wikipedia has a nice profile of the author.
To organize the events and lessons of the book, you may profit from the author’s TED talks: The Danger of a Single Story (2009, 20 min) and We Should All Be Feminists (2012, 30 min).
A widely praised book by a respected author.
Some reviews: “A haunting and vivid portrait of an Irish Catholic clan in early 20th century America” / “A remarkable snapshot of early 20th-century Irish-Catholic Brooklyn” / “Vivid and arresting. Marvelously evocative.” — The Associated Press, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Book Review.
Our local libraries have many copies, including large print and audio books.
The author is the Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. (more details)