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)

In March the Book Group read ‘Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS’ by Joby Warrick a reporter for the Washington Post. This book takes us from the rise of Zarqawi in a Jordanian prison in 1998 to the burning to death of of a Jordanian pilot in early 2015 and even the Paris attacks in November 2015. For anyone looking for a pulling together of all the middle east terror related events and their background for this period, this is your book. The Book group members really felt that they learned a great deal from this very readable book. A definite thumbs up! Just a couple of things that came out in the discussion that some would have liked to have seen were a look at the financing of ISIS and some proposals as to how the world could respond more effectively against this terrorism.       
 
This month’s book is Anton Myrer’s Once an Eagle‘, a novel that follows the lives of 2 rival soldiers from the Great war through WW2 and to Vietnam.  

The Book Group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. at Round Table Pizza on Oak Park blvd. in Pleasant Hill. Email me at nickmaufe@gmail.com if you are interested in joining us.

 

Nick Maufe, Chairman

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

2015 History Report, Book Group

Updated 4/2/2017 dls

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