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message 1: by Shea (new)

Shea | 192 comments Mod
Please share your suggestions for titles to be read during the 2016-2017 season. Selections will be made at the book discussion meeting in August.

message 2: by Shea (new)

Shea | 192 comments Mod
From Julia for non-fiction selection:

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.

message 3: by Shea (new)

Shea | 192 comments Mod
My suggestions:
March by Geraldine Brooks:

Stoner by John Williams:

Adverbs by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket):

The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan:

Jonah's Gourd Vine by Zora Neale Hurston:

Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon:

For a short story collection

Unlocking the Air and Other Stories by Ursula LeGuin:


Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs:

message 4: by Julia (new)

Julia (juliastrimer) Thanks, Shea--after reading the links, I'm intrigued by Adverbs and Await Your Reply. Eager to hear others' ideas as well either here or at our meeting :-)

message 5: by Shea (new)

Shea | 192 comments Mod
I am not sure how the scheduled worked out for everyone this year but I find Wednesday tends to be a better night for me. I also know meeting on the 3rd Tuesday conflicts with the non-profit roundtable which I have wanted to attend and Theresa frequents. How do people feel about returning book discussion to Wednesday for the 2016-2017 season? We could keep it in the third week of the month. Please share your thoughts/opinions. Thank you.

message 6: by Julia (new)

Julia (juliastrimer) Wednesday is fine with me, although I'm only there in Sept and Oct, and then again in April and May. And if it's better for Shea, I'm all for changing back :-)


message 7: by Patty (new)

Patty | 102 comments Mod
Wednesday's should be good for me. Shea, did you send an email as well?

message 8: by Shea (new)

Shea | 192 comments Mod
I did not yet but I will. Thanks for the reminder.

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