Nonfiction Book Group

Nonfiction Book Group: May

Join us Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM via Zoom video conference as the Nonfiction Book Group discusses: 

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Why do our headaches persist after we take a one-cent aspirin but disappear when we take a fifty-cent aspirin? Why do we splurge on a lavish meal but cut coupons to save twenty-five cents on a can of soup? When it comes to making decisions in our lives, we think we're making smart, rational choices. But are we? In this newly revised and expanded edition of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller, Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. From drinking coffee to losing weight, from buying a car to choosing a romantic partner, we consistently overpay, underestimate, and procrastinate. Yet these misguided behaviors are neither random nor senseless. They're systematic and predictable-making us predictably irrational.

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Registered participants will receive an email two days before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and resources.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, May 15 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Online

Nonfiction Book Group: April

Join us Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM via Zoom video conference as the Nonfiction Book Group discusses:   

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A sensational and entertaining memoir of the world's most notorious jewel thief--a woman who defied society's prejudices and norms to carve her own path, stealing from elite jewelers to live her dreams. 

Growing up during the Depression in the segregated coal town of Slab Fork, West Virginia, Doris Payne was told her dreams were unattainable for poor black girls like her. Surrounded by people who sought to limit her potential, Doris vowed to turn the tables after the owner of a jewelry store threw her out when a white customer arrived. Neither racism nor poverty would hold her back; she would get what she wanted and help her mother escape an abusive relationship. Using her southern charm, quick wit, and fascination with magic as her tools, Payne began shoplifting small pieces of jewelry from local stores. Over the course of six decades, her talents grew with each heist. Becoming an expert world-class jewel thief, she daringly pulled off numerous diamond robberies and her Jewish boyfriend fenced the stolen gems to Hollywood celebrities. Doris's criminal exploits went unsolved well into the 1970s--partly because the stores did not want to admit that they were duped by a black woman. Eventually realizing Doris was using him, her boyfriend turned her in. She was arrested after stealing a diamond ring in Monte Carlo that was valued at more than half a million dollars. But even prison couldn't contain this larger-than-life personality who cleverly used nuns as well as various ruses to help her break out. 

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Registered participants will receive an email two days before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and resources.

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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.

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