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 September 5, 2017, the SIR book group members met and discussed The China Mirage by James Bradley. This book explored the delusions of the US foreign policy makeup in Asia. Also, the rational behind the Bombing of Pearl Harbor and the Vietnam War was exposed. Possibly a US mistake.  ..

On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, SIR book group members will meet and discuss Barkskins by Annie Proulx. This novel is about woodcutters and the associated industries within the time frame of the 17th century to 1960. Barkskins is an epic tale (700 pages) of the long term destruction of the world’s forests  justified by man’s greed. Jim Kawal  will be the reviewer.

We will meet at the Roundtable Pizza on Oak Park Blvd. in Pleasant Hill on Tuesday, October 3, at 10:30 am for a discussion of the Proulx’s book.  Our brief meeting will be followed by lunch as a group.

Please contact Nick Maufe if you are interested in more information about the Book Group. 

 Chairman: Nick Maufe      nickmaufe@gmail.com

 

Nick Maufe, Chairman

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

2015 History Report, Book Group

Updated 9/30/2017 dls

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