Book Group

Nick profile pic (1)Chairman: Nick Maufe
Nickmaufe@gmail.com

Asst. Chairmen – Larry McEwen, Roger Lamm

The SIRs Book Group is a discussion group for SIRS members who are interested in increasing their reading enjoyment by selecting and reading a book a month and meeting to discuss them. For each book one Group member presents additional research on the author and literary and academic criticisms. Discussions are invariably energetic and stimulating and frequently generate broader ideas that interest the group.

We meet monthly, alternating fiction and non-fiction books. Attendance is usually around 15 which works well for our venue in the back room at Round Table Pizza in Pleasant Hill.

To get the year going the members submit their suggestions for books during November and December (for 2017 this was about 70 books) and then we vote on 5/6 fiction and 5/6 non-fiction books for the year in our January meeting. The selection reflects the extremely varied interests within the group and exposes many of us to books we would never have otherwise read.

 For 2017 we are reading the following books:

Book discussion date

 

Fiction/Non

 

Author

Title

February

F

Alan Furst

Night Soldiers

March

NF

Joby Warrick

Black Flag:The Rise of ISIS

April

F

Anton Myrer

Once an Eagle

May

NF

Nancy Isenberg

White Trash

June

F

Erich Maria Remarque

All Quiet on the Western Front

July

NF

JD Vance

Hillbilly Elegy

August

F

John Grisham

Gray Mountain

September

NF

James Bradley

The China Mirage

October

F

Annie Proulx

Bark Skins

November

NF

Daniel James Brown

Boys in the Boat

December

F

Martin Cruz Smith

Wolves Eat Dogs

January 2018

   

no book (selecting 2018 books)

On August 1, 2017, (16) sixteen SIR book group members met and discussed Gray Mountain by John Grisham. Most of the group enjoyed the book, which described the tribulations of a young female lawyer working pro-Bono for a nonprofit in West Virginia. One member thought the book was a bit too long.
The group voted (12-2) to approve the new start time of 10:30 am. Also, Fred Nelson agreed to be the reviewer for our November book (Boys in the Boat). Our next book to be read and discussed on September 5, 2017 is The China Mirage by Bradley. Larry McEwen is the reviewer.
Our group meets at the Round Table Pizza on Oak Park Blvd in Pleasant Hill. Contact Nick Maufe if you are interested in joining us. All are welcome!
Submitted by Ken Main for Nick Maufe : Chairman    nickmaufe@gmail.com
 

Nick Maufe, Chairman

  sirbr8.com/2015-history-report-book-group

2015 History Report, Book Group

Updated 8/2/2017 dls

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