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Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group


When:  Second Thursday of each month from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. New members welcome! Come to one or all meetings. Books are available at the front desk.
Where:  The Jamie Gagarin Community Room & Gallery
Facilitated by:  Caitlin Costa ccosta@owlibrary.org

2017  Selections

April 13, 2017
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance
by Edmund de Waal

This memoir tells the story of the Ephrussi family, once a wealthy European Jewish banking dynasty. The Ephrussis lost almost everything in 1938 but a hidden collection of 264 Japanese netsuke (miniature sculptures) was saved. The collection was passed down through generations of the Ephrussi family, providing the link for the story of its fortunes from 1871 to the present.
Moderated by Kathy M

May 11, 2017
Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War
by Susan Southard

Published 70 years after the bombing, the book spans from the morning of the bombing to the city today, telling the first-hand experiences of five survivors, all teenagers at the time of the devastation. The author interviewed hibakusha (“bomb-affected people”) and researched the challenges of post-atomic life. Dramatic eyewitness accounts are woven with analysis of the censorship and denial in the reporting of the bombing both in the United States and Japan.
Moderated by Dick

June 8, 2017
Book Selection Meeting for
2017-2018 and...
Quartet: Orchestrating the 2nd American Revolution, 1783-1789
by Joseph Ellis

From 1783 to 1789 America had its second great founding. The men most responsible were Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, John Jay, and James Madison. That quartet shaped American history by diagnosing the dysfunctions of the Articles of Confederation, calling the Constitutional Convention, setting the agenda in Philadelphia, and drafting the Bill of Rights.
Moderated by Alan

July 13, 2017
Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History's Great Personalities
by Claudia Kalb

Was Andy Warhol a hoarder? Did Einstein have autism? Was Frank Lloyd Wright a narcissist? In the evolution of mental health, Claudia Kalb views historic figures through the lens of modern psychology. She provides insight into a broad range of maladies, using historical records and interviews with leading mental health experts, biographers, and sociologists.
Moderated by Laurie






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