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Book Club - March 2019

Dear Book Club - our next meeting is Tuesday, March 12th at 7pm to read The Last Palace ,  by Norman Eisen. Location and contact details to follow per email.  All are welcome!

For more information about upcoming book club meetings, contact Pat at ppbfrei@aol.com or carolyn.berger@web.de

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Reading list for Winter

Book Club - Winter 2019

January - A Gentleman in Moscow

Book Cover: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor TowlesA Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

The novel tells the story of a Russian aristocrat living under house arrest in a luxury hotel for 30 years. Visit Amor Towles website where he has a wonderful piece answering questions about how his novel, A Gentleman in Moscow came about.

February - Educated

Educated by Tara WestoverEducated - A Memoir by Tara Westover

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. The story tells about her decision to leave home and get a formal education.  More

March - The Last Palace

The Last Palace  by Norman Eisen

Norman Eisen tells the story of the historically significant Petschek Palace where he lived for three years as U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic beginning in 2011. He uses the 1920s neoclassicist mansion and several of its most notable residents to tell the turbulent history of a country torn by war, occupation and revolution.

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Norman Eisen about his new book, The Last Palace. Read the transcript from the NPR Interview on Prague's 'Last Palace'.

April - The Feminine Mystique

Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

They called it a book that changed the consciousness of America and the world. Now considered a groundbreaking, classic—Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique defined "the problem that has no name," that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement in 1973 and has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since.  Became a national bestseller, selling over 1 million copies.

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Upcoming books are:  21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari in May and Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline in June.  For more information about upcoming book club meetings, contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

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Next Book Club Meeting

Book Club - November 2018

Dear Book Club - our next meeting is Tuesday, November 13th at 7pm to read The Portrait of Dorian Grey,  by Oscar Wilde. Elisabeth has volunteered to welcome us at her house.  Directions address and contact details to follow per email.  All are welcome!
The November meeting will be to choose the next set of books for the Spring of 2018. We encourage you to send your book suggestions to the group in advance.  We decided that everybody sends Carolyn two book titles with a short summary ( copy/ paste from amazon etc.) as a suggestion for the following months. The deadline is  November the 2nd. The books should be available on paperback.
For more information about upcoming book club meetings, contact Pat Biondo at ppbfrei@aol.com
Book suggestions for 2019: carolyn.berger@web.de

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Reading list for Spring

Book Club - Spring 2018

March - The Handmaid's Tail

The Handmaid's Tail by Margaret Atwood

A dystopian novel set in a near-future New England in a United States governed by a totalitarian theocracy, where women have absolutely no rights.[1] The Handmaid's Tale explores themes of women in subjugation to misogyny in a patriarchal society and the various means by which these women attempt to gain individualism and independence.

 

April - The Japanese Lover

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

Sweeping through time and spanning generations and continents, The Japanese Lover explores questions of identity, abandonment, redemption, and the unknowable impact of fate on our lives. [1] 1939: As the world goes to war, Alma Belasco's Polish parents send her to live in safety with relatives in San Francisco. There she meets Ichimei Fukuda, the son of the family's Japanese gardener, and between them a tender love blossoms. . . [2]

May - The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

In the novel, the Underground Railroad is chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.[1]  In Whitehead’s conception, the Underground Railroad is not a metaphor—but an actual railroad winding beneath the earth, as conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. A suspenseful tale of escape and pursuit, it combines elements of fantasy and the counter-factual with an unflinching, painfully truthful depiction of American slavery. [1]

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Upcoming books are:The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics by John B. Judis,, The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin, and The Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt

See what books we've discussed in the past by visiting the book club section of our news page. For more information about upcoming book club meetings, contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

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Next Book Club Meeting

Book Club - January 2019

Dear Book Club - our next meeting is Tuesday, January 8th at 7pm to read A Gentleman in Moscow,  by Amor Towles. Carolyn Berger has volunteered to welcome us at her house.  Address is Böhlaustrasse 30, 81247 München.  Tel 0173 9333214.  All are welcome!

For more information about upcoming book club meetings, contact Pat Biondo at ppbfrei@aol.com or carolyn.berger@web.de

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Egalia’s Daughters, The History of Bees, The Founding Gardeners . .

Book Club - Fall 2017

October - Egalia's Daughters

Egalia's Daughters: A Satire of the Sexes by Gerd Brantenberg.

An interesting thought-provoking satire on gender roles and in particular the fortunes of one "masculinist" boy who tries to fight against the oppression of his gender. It's an upside-down society, in which men are repressed and taken advantage of, and women have all the power.

November - The History of Bees

The History of Bees, A Novel by Maja LundeThe History of Bees book cover

In the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go, this dazzling and ambitious literary debut follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees—and to their children and one another—against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis.   England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive—one that will give both him and his children honor and fame.   United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper fighting an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation…

 

The Founding Gardeners

The Founding Gardeners: How the Revolutionary Generation created an American Eden by Andrea Wulf.

The follow up to the award-winning and critically acclaimed history of British gardening, this is the story of how George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and James Madison's passion for nature, plants, agriculture and gardens shaped the birth of America. The Founding Gardeners offers a fascinating look at the revolutionary generation from the unique and intimate perspective of their lives as gardeners, plantsmen and farmers.

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See what books we've discussed in the past by visting the book club section of our news page. For more information about upcoming book club meetings, contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

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My Grandmother asked me . . . , The History of Bees

Book Club – September 2017

The next book club meeting will be Wednesday, September 13th at 7pm. We will be discussing the following  books this fall:

Our first book for the September meeting: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry  is a charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove. It is a story about a seven year old girl and her seventy-seven year old grandmother, life and death and the right to be different.

The History of Bees book cover
Our second bookThe History of Bees, A Novel by Maja Lunde.
In the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go, this dazzling and ambitious literary debut follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees—and to their children and one another—against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis.   England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive—one that will give both him and his children honor and fame.   United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper fighting an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation…

 

For more information, contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

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Commonwealth, The History of Bees

Book Club – June 2017

This month our book club will be meet Tuesday, June 27th at 7pm and will be discussing two books.

Commonwealth book coverOur first book for the June meeting: Commonwealth is the seventh novel by American author Ann Patchett published in 2016. The novel begins with an illicit kiss that leads to an affair that destroys two marriages and creates a reluctantly blended family.

The History of Bees book coverOur second book: The History of Bees, A Novel by Maja Lunde.  In the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go, this dazzling and ambitious literary debut follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees—and to their children and one another—against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis.   England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive—one that will give both him and his children honor and fame.   United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper fighting an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation…

For more information, contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

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Anglo-Saxon Attitudes

Book Club - April 2017

Anglo-Saxon Attitudes Book CoverThis month we are meeting to discuss Anglo Saxon Attitudes by Angus Wilson.

If you are interested in joining, please email our club president for more details .

Tuesday, April 25th at 19:00
As always, please bring some food to share!

For more information, contact our club president at: info@aaupw.de

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All the Light We Cannot See

Book Club - February 2017

Book Cover All the Light We Cannot SeeThis month the Book Club will meet on February 7th to discuss
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

Upcoming books include:

Eligible: A modern retelling of 'Pride and Prejudice
Angus Wilson's Anglo-Saxon Attitudes

If you are interested in joining Book Club, just email our club president at: info@aaupw.de