Nonfiction Book Group

Nonfiction Book Group January 2016

Yes please by Amy Poehler - Amy Poehler's hilarious and candid book is a collection of stories, thoughts, ideas, lists, and haikus from the mind of one of our most beloved entertainers.  It offers Amy's thoughts on everything from her "too safe" childhood outside of Boston to her early days in New York City, her ideas about Hollywood and "the biz," the demon that looks back at all of us in the mirror, and her joy at being told she has a "face for wigs." Yes Please is chock-full of words and wisdom to live by.  Join us on Saturday, January 16 at 10 AM

Nonfiction Book Group December 2015

Cod : a biography of the fish that changed the world by Mark Kurlansky

Cod spans a thousand years and four continents. From the Vikings, who pursued the codfish across the Atlantic, and the enigmatic Basques, who first commercialized it in medieval times, to Bartholomew Gosnold, who named Cape Cod in 1602, and Clarence Birdseye, who founded an industry on frozen cod in the 1930s, Mark Kurlansky introduces the explorers, merchants, writers, chefs, and of course the fishermen, whose lives have interwoven with this prolific fish.  And he brings to life the cod itself: its personality, habits, extended family, and ultimately the tragedy of how the most profitable fish in history is today faced with extinction.  Join us on Saturday, December 19 at 10 AM.  

Nonfiction Book Group 2015-2016 Reading List

Cod: a biography of the fish that changed the world by Mark Kurlansky  - December 19, 2015

Yes please by Amy Poehler - January 16, 2016

Dead wake: the last crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson - February 20, 2016

The richest man who ever lived: the life and times of Jacob Fugger by Greg Steinmetz - March 19, 2016

H is for hawk by Helen MacDonald - April 16, 2016

Nonfiction Book Group November 2015

Cubed: a secret history of the workplace by Nikil Saval

How did we get from Scrooge’s office to “Office Space”? From bookkeepers in dark counting houses to freelancers in bright cafes?  What would the world be like without the vertical file cabinet? What would the world be like without the office at all? In Cubed, Nikil Saval chronicles the evolution of the office in a fascinating, often funny, and sometimes disturbing anatomy of the white-collar world and how it came to be the way it is. Cubed is an all-encompassing investigation into the way we work, why we do it the way we do (and often don’t like it), and how we might do better.  Join us on Saturday, November 21 at 10 AM.

Nonfiction Book Group October 2015

The invention of air: a story of science, faith, revolution, and the birth of America by Steven Johnson — The story of the brilliant man who embodied the relationship between science, religion, and politics for America's Founding Fathers.  Joseph Priestley--scientist and theologian, protégé of Benjamin Franklin, friend of Thomas Jefferson--was an eighteenth-century radical thinker who played pivotal roles in the invention of ecosystem science, the discovery of oxygen, the founding of the Unitarian Church, and the intellectual development of the United States. Join us on Saturday, October 17 at 10:00 AM.

Nonfiction Book Group August 2015

How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie

First published in 1936, Carnegie offered advice on how to get out of a mental rut and make life more rewarding, this work teaches readers how to: make friends easily, increase popularity, win people to a way of thinking, win new clients and customers, become a better speaker, and arouse enthusiasm among colleagues.  Does this classic work still stand the test of time?  Join us and find out. 

Nonfiction Book Group June 2015

Bootstrapper: from broke to badass on a northern Michigan farm by Mardi Jo Link — When Link and her husband of 19 years call it quits, she is left with cash-flow problems and a looming divorce. She makes a seemingly impossible resolution: to hang on to her in northern Michigan farm and continue raising her three boys on well water and wood chopping. Armed with a sense of humor and three resolute accomplices, Link confronts blizzards and foxes, wrangles rampaging poultry, and withstands any blow to her pride to preserve the life she wants. Join us Saturday, June 13.

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