Next Book Club: Wednesday, 5/23/2018

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Hurry! You’ve less than 24 hours to finish those last 250 pages!
We meet 7-8pm; enter through the courtyard door on Clarendon. Come even if you haven’t finished the book. We can still have an interesting and lively discussion. We will also decide on our next reading(s)–see long list, below. Come help us choose!

The book is  All Standing The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, by Kathryn Miles. “All Standing The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, the Legendary Irish Famine Ship recounts the journeys of this famous ship, her heroic crew, and the immigrants who were ferried between Ireland and North America. Spurred by a complex web of motivations—shame, familial obligation, and sometimes even greed—more than a million people attempted to flee the Irish famine. More than one hundred thousand of them would die aboard one of the five thousand aptly named “coffin ships.” But in the face of horrific losses, a small ship named the Jeanie Johnston never lost a passenger. Shipwright John Munn, community leader Nicholas Donovan, Captain James Attridge, Dr. Richard Blennerhassett, and the efforts of a remarkable crew allowed thousands of people to find safety and fortune throughout the United States and Canada.”

Our next reading(s) will be chosen from the following. Feel free to make additional suggestions at tomorrow’s meeting.


  • As Close to Us as Breathing, Elizabeth Poliner
  • Be Frank with Me, Julia Clairborne Johnson
  • Brief History of 7 Killings, Marlon James
  • Cooking with Fernet Branca, James Hamilton-Paterson
  • Dancing at the Rascal Fair, Ivan Doig
  • Darktown, Thomas Mullen,
  • Dietland, Sarai Walker
  • Fieldwork, Mischa Berlinski
  • Gonzo Girl, Cheryl Della Pietra
  • Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie
  • Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  • Mrs. Caliban, Rachel Ingalls
  • Orphan #8, Kim van Alkemade
  • Pachinko, Min Jin Lee
  • Salt Houses, Hala Alyan
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward
  • Swing Time, Zadie Smith
  • That Old Cape Magic, Richard Russo
  • The Animators, Kayla Rae Whitaker
  • The Bartenders Tale, Ivan Doig
  • The Book of Lost Things, John Connolly
  • The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry
  • The Clothes They Stood Up In, Alan Bennet
  • The Gourmet Rhapsody, Muriel Barbery
  • The Last Days of Night, Graham Moore
  • The Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly
  • The Orphan Master’s Son, Adam Johnson
  • This Is How it Always Is, Laurie Frankel
  • Evicted, Matthew Desmon
  • Hunger, Roxanne Gay
  • Janesville: An American Story, Amy Goldstein
  • No One Cares about Crazy People, Ron Powers
  • Overcoming Bias, Tiffany Jana & Matthew Freeman
  • Strangers in Their Own Land, Arlie Russel Hochschild
  • The Bookseller of Kabul, Asne Seierstad
  • The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander

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