Sophie Book Group
When Wednesday, 24 January at 19:00
Where Ref. Forum, Länggassstrasse 41
Contact Graham Tritt
Deadline Please register by the Monday before
We review all proposals of works for reading in 2018. We plan to pick a total of eight books. Members are welcome to attend any meetings – you can choose to attend only those sessions covering the books you are interested in.
If there is time, we will also discuss the two short stories we could not review in November – The Last Question (12 pages, 1956) and The Last Answer (8 pages, 1980), two philosophical stories by renowned science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. These texts can be read online at www.multivax.com/last_question.html and www.thrivenotes.com/the-last-answer/.
"One Day I Will Write About This Place" by Binyavanga Wainaina https://www.meetup.com/zurichbookclub/events/243082610/
The book is a comic refutation of the premise that this is how you write about Africa. As such, it reads like nothing I have read before, crackling with the energy of a writer who delights in revealing the multi-cultural, multi-national, multi-ethnic world of his middle-class Kenyan upbringing.” – Magnus Taylor, African Arguments
"The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion
An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love. The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges. https://www.meetup.com/zurichbookclub/events/243080721/
The unthinkable has happened - the United States has elected a volatile demagogue as president, backed by a ruthless chief strategist. When a war of words with the North Korean regime spirals out of control and the President comes perilously close to launching a nuclear attack, it's clear someone has to act, or the world will be reduced to ashes.
Soon Maggie Costello, a seasoned Washington operator and stubbornly principled, discovers an inside plot to kill the President – and faces the ultimate moral dilemma. Should she save the President and leave the free world at the mercy of an increasingly crazed would-be tyrant - or commit treason against her Commander in Chief and risk plunging the country into a civil war?
The author, a columnist for the left-leaning Guardian newspaper, handed in the manuscript of his latest thriller, "To Kill the President," in late January - just 72 hours after Donald J. Trump took his presidential oath of office and eight months before Dotard vs. Rocket Man awakened fears of the apocalypse. And between then and its publication in June, he didn’t change a word. But trenchant satire aside, parallels with the current president are so familiar that some readers have dubbed Mr. Freedland "Nostradamus"
"Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Haigh returns to the Pennsylvania town at the center of her iconic novel Baker Towers in this ambitious, achingly human story of modern America and the conflicting forces at its heart—a bold, moving drama of hope and desperation, greed and power, big business and small-town families.