Nonfiction Book Group March 2015

On Saturday, March 21 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM we will be discussing:

The antidote: happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking by Oliver Burkeman — Burkeman introduces us to a group of people who share a surprising way of thinking about life. Whether experimental psychologists, terrorism experts, Buddhists, hardheaded business consultants, Greek philosophers, or modern-day gurus, they argue that it's our constant effort to be happy that is making us miserable. Their alternative path to happiness and success involves embracing failure, pessimism, and uncertainty--the very things we spend our lives trying to avoid.

Nonfiction Book Group February 2015

On Saturday, February 21 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM we will be discussing:

Factory man: how one furniture maker battled offshoring, stayed local—and helped save an American town by Beth Macy —The Bassett Furniture Company was once the world's biggest wood furniture manufacturer. Run by the same family for a century, it was also the center of life in Bassett, Virginia -- an unincorporated town that existed solely to fuel the business. But beginning in the 1980s, Bassett suffered from an influx of cheap Asian furniture as the first wave of imports struck, and ultimately moved nearly all its production to Asia. Only one man fought back: John Bassett III, a shrewd and determined third-generation factory man who used grit, tenacity, and will to compete against China and ultimately save his family's company.

Lunch and a Book February 2015

Join us Thursday, February 12 at noon as we discuss:

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith — Like a hero in a latter-day Henry James novel, Tom Ripley is sent to Italy with a
commission to coax a prodigal young American back to his wealthy father. But
Ripley finds himself so fond of Dickie Greenleaf that he wants to be like
him--exactly like him.  Suave, agreeable, and utterly amoral, Ripley stops at
nothing--certainly not only one murder--to accomplish his goal.  Turning the
mystery form inside out, Highsmith shows the terrifying abilities afforded to a
man unhindered by the concept of evil.

Lunch and a Book 2015 Reading List

Lunch and a Book meets the second Thursday of the month from 12:00-1:00PM.  No registration required, participation encouraged.

Bootstrapper: from broke to badass on a northern Michigan farm by Mardi Jo Link — January 8


The talented Mr. Ripley
by Patricia Highsmith — February 12

Orphan train by Christina Baker Kline — March 12

The end of night: searching for natural darkness in an age of artificial light by Paul Bogard — April 9

Lunch and a Book January 2015

Join us Thursday, January 8 at noon as we discuss:

Bootstrapper: from broke to badass on a northern Michigan farm by Mardi Jo Link ?? It's the summer of 2005, and Mardi Jo Link's dream of living the simple life has unraveled into debt and heartbreak. She and her husband of nineteen years have just called it quits, leaving her with serious cash-flow problems and a looming divorce. Link makes a seemingly impossible resolution: to hang on to her century-old farmhouse in northern Michigan and continue to raise her three boys on well water and wood chopping and dirt. Armed with an unfailing sense of humor and three resolute accomplices, Link confronts blizzards and foxes, learns about Zen divorce and the best way to butcher a hog, dominates a zucchini-growing contest and wins a year's supply of local bread, masters the art of bargain cooking, wrangles rampaging poultry, and withstands any blow to her pride in order to preserve the life she wants.

Nonfiction Book Group November 2014

Join us for the first meeting of the Nonfiction Book Group.
 
On Saturday, November 15 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM we will be discussing:

The monuments men: Allied heroes, Nazi thieves, and the greatest treasure hunt in history by Robert M. Edsel with Bret Witter — While Hitler was attempting to take over the western world, his armies were methodically seeking and hoarding the finest art treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had begun cataloging the art he planned to collect as well as the art he would destroy: "degenerate" works he despised. In a race against time, behind enemy lines, often unarmed, a special force of American and British museum directors, curators, art historians, and others, called the Momuments Men, risked their lives to prevent the destruction of thousands of years of culture.

Lunch and a Book November 2014

Join us on Thursday, November 13 at noon as we discuss:

The Rosie project by Graeme Simsion — Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics, designs the Wife Project: a sixteen-page survey to find his perfect partner. Don quickly disqualifies Rosie Jarman as a candidate, but agrees help Rosie on her own quest: identifying her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on the Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie-and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don't find love, it finds you.

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