International Club of Berne

Sophie Book Group

  • Wednesday, 24th January 2018 at 7pm
  • Thursday, 22nd February 2018 at 7pm
  • Wednesday, 28th March 2018 at 7:15pm
  • Wednesday, 23rd May 2018 at 7:15pm
  • Wednesday, 27th June 2018 at 6pm
  • Wednesday, 29th August 2018 at 6pm
  • Wednesday, 26th September 2018 at 7:15pm
  • Wednesday, 17th October 2018 at 7:15pm
  • Wednesday, 21st November 2018 at 7:15pm

Location: to be notified

Dates planned for 2018 are 24.1, 21.2 changed to 22.2, 21.3 changed to 28.3, 25.4, 23.5, 20.6, 22.8, 19.9, 17.10, 21.11

  • 19:00 on January 24, 2018 - We choose 8 to 10 books on 24 January, and in addition we discuss the short stories by Isaac Asimov: "The Last Question" (1956) and "The Last Answer" (1980)
  • 19:00 on February 22, 2018 - Nadine Gordimer, The Conservationist
  • 19:15 on March 28, 2018 - Sun-Mi Hwang, The Hen who Dreamed She Could Fly
  • 19:15 on April 25 CANCELLED
  • 19:15 on May 23, NEW - Daniel Kehlman, Measuring the World
  • 19:00 on June 27, NEW DATE - Jonas Luscher, Barbarian Spring
  • 18:00 on August 22 NEW DATE - Pascal Merrcier, Lea
  • 19:15 on September 26 The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
  • 19:15 on October 17 No book selected - We meet to tell each other about what we are currently reading
  • 19:15 on November 21 The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  • in December no meeting - Sometimes we have a "literary dinner"

You are welcome to join any meeting for whichever books you wish to read and discuss. You must have read the book before the meeting!

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Graham wrote
at 12:28am on Sunday, 22nd April 2018
We cancel the emeeting of April 25. We meet to discuss Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann on Wednesday May 23.

You can download the book for €3 on Kindle from Amazon, or order it from bookshops. Orell Füssli can supply it in four days, the price is CHF 16.90.
Graham wrote
at 5:22pm on Friday, 13th April 2018
Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/184724114X/
On Kindle for CHF 3 and paper from nearly nothing.

Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-10: 184724114X
ISBN-13: 978-1847241146

https://www.amazon.de/Die-Vermessung-Welt-Daniel-Kehlmann-ebook/dp/B004WOX4JO/


A review on Amazon
. How different the world must have seemed in the early 18th century, when the principles of Enlightenment were at their peak, and large parts of the map of the world were still black. European scientist had an almost unbound belief in the possibilities of scientific research, and there was plenty to research!

'Measuring the world' captures this era in a beautiful manner, by contrasting two of its giants: the explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769 - 1859) and the mathematician Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855). In many ways, two people couldn't be further apart: Gauss was a child prodigy of humble birth (his father wanted him to become a mason as he himself was), Humboldt the younger of two sons in a prominent Pomeranian family (his father was a major in the Prussian army). Gauss was by all accounts a difficult man to live with: a perfectionist, having difficulties establishing relations with other people (including his own children), impatient and restless. By contrast, Humboldt was ever sociable and friendly, the epitome of the gentleman-explorer, used to moving in the highest circles. Humboldt traversed the globe, Gauss explored the world (the universe rather) sitting behind his desk...

And yet, in a bizarre way, as Kehlmann demonstrates in this splendid book, both men (or rather: his fictionalized versions of them) are as different sides of the same coin, and are ultimately 'mere men', as we all are. Ambitious and confident as they may be when young and in the prime of their lives, and there hardly seemed to be limits to what they could do and achieve, as they grow older (and more and more lonely) they are confronted with the same ruminations, doubts and regrets we probably all are: did I make a difference? Have I done right by my children? Should I have been more caring towards my wife?

I enjoyed this book a lot. It's insightful, full of (dry) humour and irony, and utterly charming. Splendid!
Graham wrote
at 11:31am on Tuesday, 3rd April 2018
Information from and about Agnes

SF1 Club talk tonight at 22:25-23:45
Die letzten Zeugen: Der Holocaust und Antisemitismus heute
https://www.srf.ch/sendungen/club/die-letzten-zeugen-der-holocaust-und-antisemitismus-heute

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https://www.infosperber.ch/Artikel/Gesellschaft/Agnes-Hirschi-Stieftochter-des-Juden-Retters-Carl-Lutz


Agnes Hirschi zeigt Jugendbilder mit Mutter und Carl Lutz aus dem Buch «Under Swiss Protection». © P.A.
Agnes Hirschi: Stieftochter des Juden-Retters Carl Lutz

Peter Abelin / 01. Apr 2018 - Der Schweizer Carl Lutz hatte im Zweiten Weltkrieg in Budapest 50'000 Juden gerettet. Zuerst wurde er gerügt, jetzt geehrt.

Weitgehend hinter den Kulissen hat sich Agnes Hirschi weltweit für die Rehabilitierung und gebührende Beachtung ihres Stiefvaters Carl Lutz engagiert, der im Zweiten Weltkrieg in Budapest über 50‘000 Juden gerettet hat. Erst durch die Ausstellung «The Last Swiss Holocaust-Survivors» und das Buch «Under Swiss Protection» wurde die frühere Berner Lokaljournalistin selbst als Holocaust-Überlebende geoutet. Auch gute Bekannte waren völlig überrascht.

Die drei Leben der Agnes Hirschi-Grausz

Ihr erstes Leben begann am 3. Januar 1938 in London. Das eigentlich in Budapest lebende jüdische Ehepaar Sándor und Magda Grausz wollte seiner Tochter Agi durch die britische Staatsbürgerschaft und die im Geburtsschein vermerkte Religion «anglikanisch» die Lebensaussichten in bedrohlichen Zeiten verbessern.

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Agnes Hirschi am Dienstag 3. April um 22.20 Uhr im «Club»:
«Die letzten Zeugen: Der Holocaust und Antisemitismus heute»

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Zum Exil in England konnten sich die Eltern aber nicht durchringen. Das Jüdische im Familienleben in Budapest beschränkte sich in der Erinnerung des damaligen Kindes auf ein Chanukka-Lied. Ihre Mutter sagte ihr über ihre Religion: «Das ist ein Fluch – vergiss es». Kein Wunder: Überleben hiess das vordringliche Ziel.

Deshalb suchten Mutter und Tochter im Mai 1944 auch den Schweizer Vizekonsul Carl Lutz auf. Von ihm erhofften sie einen der begehrten Schutzbriefe, welche die Deportation in ein Konzentrationslager verhindern konnten. Es kam sogar noch besser: Der Diplomat fand Gefallen an Magda Grausz, engagierte sie als Haushälterin und nahm sie und ihre Familie bei sich und seiner Ehefrau Gertrud auf. Trotzdem entgingen sie während der massiven Bombardierung Budapests im folgenden Winter dem Tod im Luftschutzkeller nur knapp. Sogar die Befreiung durch die russische Armee wäre dem siebenjährigen Mädchen fast zum Verhängnis geworden, schoss ein betrunkener Soldat doch wahllos unter das Bett, wo ihre Mutter es versteckt hatte.

Der Kontakt mit Carl Lutz brach auch nach dessen Rückkehr in die Schweiz nicht ab, wo seine Vorgesetzten sein humanitäres Engagement als Kompetenzüberschreitung rügten. Er trennte sich von seiner Ehefrau, heiratete Magda Grausz und wurde zum Stiefvater von deren Tochter, für die in Bern ein zweites Leben begann.

Journalistin und Kreisrichterin

Sie hiess nun Agnes, besuchte die Schulen, wurde in der evangelisch-methodistischen Tradition ihres gläubigen Stiefvaters konfirmiert und absolvierte eine Handelsausbildung. 1962 heiratete sie Eric Hirschi und wurde bald Mutter von zwei Söhnen.

Als Lokaljournalistin bei der «Berner Zeitung» war sie unermüdlich auf Achse; sie berichtete über Parlamentsdebatten in Regionsgemeinden ebenso wie über Modeschauen und Geschäftseröffnungen in der Stadt Bern. Das SP-Mitglied amtierte auch als Amtsrichterin in Fraubrunnen und Kreisrichterin in Burgdorf. Sie ist seit langem Mitglied der reformierten Kirchgemeinde ihres Wohnorts Münchenbuchsee.

In der ganzen Zeit ihrer Berufstätigkeit sei sie «total ausgefüllt» gewesen und habe ihre Herkunft verdrängt, sagt sie im Gespräch.

Ganz war dies allerdings nicht möglich: 1968 musste sie den frühen Tod ihrer Mutter verarbeiten, 1975 war sie dabei, als ihr Stiefvater einen Herzinfarkt erlitt und starb. Am Sterbebett gelobte sie, sich für eine angemessene Würdigung von Carl Lutz in der Öffentlichkeit zu engagieren. Vorerst überliess die Vielbeschäftigte die Pflege seines Nachlasses und die offiziellen Termine aber gerne seiner ersten Frau Gertrud Lutz-Fankhauser, mit der sie sich nun regelmässig traf: «Es war eine Art von allmählicher Übergabe des Vermächtnisses», blickt Agnes Hirschi auf die folgenden 20 Jahre zurück.

Reisende in Sachen Carl Lutz

Umso unermüdlicher stürzte sie sich nach der Pensionierung 1995 in ihr drittes Leben als «Reisende in Sachen Carl Lutz», wie sie es gegenüber dem «Forum» einmal nannte. Ausstellungen, Vorträge, Ehrungen, Filme und Bücher sorgten dafür, dass Carl Lutz heute in der Schweiz und weltweit in seiner tatsächlichen historischen Bedeutung wahrgenommen wird.

Agnes Hirschi war zwar fast immer dabei, sah ihre Aufgabe aber vorwiegend im Hintergrund. Doch im Jahr 2017 kam sie nicht darum herum, als Person selbst im Rampenlicht zu stehen: In der Wanderausstellung «The Last Swiss Holocaust Survivors», die im letzten Herbst mit grossem Erfolg im Berner Kornhausforum gezeigt wurde, stand die Geschichte ihrer Rettung durch Carl Lutz gleichberechtigt neben den Schilderungen anderer Überlebender.

Sie habe diese Publizität nie gesucht, beteuert Hirschi glaubwürdig. Und doch freute sie sich über die durchwegs positiven Reaktionen. Viele ihrer Bekannten seien völlig überrascht gewesen, da sie ihre Vergangenheit «nie an die grosse Glocke gehängt» hatte.

Gleich in der Mehrfachrolle als Mit-Herausgeberin, Autorin und Porträtierte fand sich Agnes Hirschi im umfassenden Buch «Under Swiss Protection»* wieder, mit dem die offizielle Schweiz ihr Jahr als Vorsitzende der International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) krönte. 36 von Carl Lutz gerettete Personen aus drei Kontinenten – oder deren Nachkommen – dokumentieren darin das damalige Geschehen an Hand ihres persönlichen Schicksals. Zu den so Vorgestellten gehören auch Eva Bino (Mutter von JGB-Mitglied Peter Bino) und Agnes Heffner (Mutter von Rebezzen Nora Polnauer).

Inzwischen «sehr wohl» in der Synagoge

Betrachtet Agnes Hirschi, die im Januar einen runden Geburtstag feiern konnte, ihre Mission nun als abgeschlossen? Beginnt für sie ein viertes, ruhigeres Leben? Vorderhand gehe die Hektik noch weiter, lautet die Antwort. Sie hoffe aber, auch mal Zeit zu finden, um ihre Tagebuch-Notizen, Dossiers und Unterlagen zu ordnen.

Zudem möchte sie die zahlreichen Kontakte und Freundschaften pflegen, die durch ihre Reisen und Recherchen entstanden sind: «Diese haben mein Leben sehr bereichert», bekennt die Frau, deren Ehemann vor zwei Jahren gestorben ist.

Etwas verändert hat sich inzwischen ihre religiöse Identität. Zwar sei sie nach wie vor in der reformierten Kirche «mehr daheim». Aber sie fühle sich auch in einer Synagoge «sehr wohl». Und, um den Kreis zu ihrer Kindheit vollends zu schliessen: Sie feiert jedes Jahr Chanukka – nun mit der Familie von JGB-Mitglied Andreas «Bandi» Sas, dessen 1986 verstorbene Ehefrau Wanda ihre Jugendfreundin in Budapest war – eine enge Beziehung, die später in Bern nahtlos weitergeführt wurde.

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Dieser Beitrag erschien im «Forum» der Jüdischen Gemeinde Bern

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Interviews mit Juden, welche Carl Lutz während des Zweiten Weltkriegs in Budapest gerettet hatte: Agnes Hirschi und Charlotte Schallié (Hrsg): «Under Swiss Protection – Jewish Eyewitness Accounts from Wartime in Budapest», 24.90 €.

Themenbezogene Interessen (-bindung) der Autorin/des Autors

Der Autor war von 1979 bis 1998 Redaktor der Berner Zeitung und kennt Agnes Hirschi seit langem.

Graham wrote
at 8:30pm on Friday, 30th March 2018
yes the Newsletter is wrong for April. I guess we copied the March information and did not update it. That is why we need proof-readers, there are too many details for just two editorss.


The book for April is correct on the web page http://icberne.ch/item/1153632


19:15 on April 25, 2018 - Gauss / Humboldt: Measuring the World


We should start early, perhaps it is not easy. Has anyone read it already?


Graham
Graham wrote
at 6:53pm on Sunday, 4th March 2018
“Measuring the World” by Daniel Kehlmann - April book

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Measuring_the_World
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/05/books/review/LeClair.t.html
https://www.amazon.de/Measuring-World-Daniel-Kehlmann/dp/184724114X

Although Humboldt and Gauss were extremely ambitious and highly serious, Kehlmann often presents them humorously. Gauss’s physical complaints and atrocious manners are continually amusing. Humboldt’s resistance to women and unwitting insults to others are equally funny. The scientists’ dialogues with lesser intelligences — and even with each other — often sound like the non sequiturs in “Waiting for Godot.” Kehlmann gives ample credit to his characters’ discoveries — they were two of the most renowned scientists of their time — but his treatment humanizes their authoritarian public personas. Kehlmann includes Gauss’s confusion about statistics and his attraction to spiritualism, and he suggests that Humboldt may have exaggerated several of his exploits. With these not-so-distant mirror characters, Kehlmann usefully reminds us that our own universal geniuses and vaunted measurements of the world will be superseded — and will look comic to people in the next century.
Graham wrote
at 10:54am on Wednesday, 21st February 2018
W meet next on Thursday 22 February, at the Reformiertes Forum Längasse 41. THIS IS A CHANGE.
Graham wrote
at 1:27am on Wednesday, 24th January 2018
We expect 8 persons on Wednesday evening. To see all the proposals, look at the comments below. Plus any more ... Graham
Graham wrote
at 10:19pm on Tuesday, 23rd January 2018
Gesendet: Sonntag, 17. Dezember 2017 um 22:13 Uhr
Von: "bogitruth ." <bogitrue@gmail.com>
An: GrahamTritt <g.tritt@gmx.net>
Betreff: Trojanow book for sophie reading?
Hi Graham
I am reading the latest book of the bestseller german author from bulgarian origin Trojanow, with several publications in english,
His last book Nach der Flucht, is a bestseller in Germany, see link below on a Frankfurter Messe interview...
The boom is very interesting, as it gives the perspective of the refugees, in poetic phrases. He says that everybody having left his home is a sort of a refugee, even if he changes place of living in the same country... I think it very worth a discussion in the sophie club...?
Regards
Stefan
https://www.zdf.de/kultur/das-blaue-sofa/videos/trojanow-blaues-sofa-12-10-2017-100.html
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilija_Trojanow
Trojanow was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1965. In 1971 his family fled Bulgaria through Yugoslavia and Italy to Germany, where they received political asylum. In 1972 the family travelled on to Kenya, where Ilija's father had obtained a job as engineer. With one interruption from 1977–1981, Ilija Trojanow lived in Nairobi until 1984, and attended the German School Nairobi. After a stay in Paris, he studied law and ethnology at Munich University from 1985 to 1989. He interrupted these studies to found Kyrill-und-Method-Verlag in 1989, and after that Marino-Verlag in 1992, both of which specialised in African literature. In 1999 Trojanow moved to Mumbai and became intensely involved with Indian life and culture. He has lived in Cape Town, returned to Germany (Mainz), and then to Austria, where he currently resides in Vienna.
English translations
https://www.amazon.de/Ilija%20Trojanow/e/B001HQ1LMW/ref=la_B001HQ1LMW_fb?rh=i%3Aenglish-books,p_82:B001HQ1LMW
o Custodians of the Sun
o Along the Ganges, translation by Ranjit Hoskote, Penguin Books India & Haus Publishing, 2005
o Mumbai to Mecca, London, 2007, Haus Publishing
o The Collector of Worlds, London, 2008
o The Lamentations of Zeno, translation by Philip Boehm of Eis Tau, Verso Books, New York, 2016
http://trojanow.de/werke/buecher/
http://trojanow.de/werke/essays/
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https://www.amazon.com/Ilija-Trojanow/e/B001HQ1LMW
https://www.amazon.com/Collector-Worlds-Richard-Francis-Burton/dp/0061351946/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Collector of Worlds (The story of explorer Richard Francis Burton)
Interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5t_KJ0zdLA
A stunning fictionalized account of the infamous life of british colonial officer and translator sir richard francis burton
A nineteenth-century British colonial officer with a rare ability to assimilate into indigenous cultures, Sir Richard Francis Burton was an obsessive traveler whose journeys took him from England to British India, Arabia, and on a quest for the source of the Nile River in Africa. He learned more than twenty languages, translated The Arabian Nights and the Kama Sutra, and took part in the pilgrimage to Mecca, in addition to writing several travel books.
This elegant novel tells the story of Burton's adventures in British West India, his experience on the hajj to Mecca, and his exploration of East Africa. In each section, perspective shifts between Burton and the voices of those men he encounters along the way: his Indian servant recounts his travails with Burton to a scribe; the qadi, the governor, and the shari in Mecca investigate Burton's hajj; and Sidi Mubarak Bombay, Burton's African guide, shares his story with friends in Zanzibar. This remarkable con-centric narrative examines the underbelly of colonialism while offering a breathtaking tour of the nineteenth century's most stunning landscapes.
The Collector of Worlds won the fiction prize of Germany's Leipzig Book Fair in 2006 and the Berlin Literary Award, in addition to being a runaway bestseller in Germany.
o Paperback: 464 pages
o Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (January 19, 2010)
o Language: English
o ISBN-10: 0061351946
o ISBN-13: 978-0061351945
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Along the Ganges 266 pages
https://www.amazon.com/Along-Ganges-Iliya-Trojanow/dp/1906598274/
https://www.amazon.com/Along-Ganges-Armchair-Traveller-Trojanow/dp/1906598916/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
Part adventure story, travel log, and cultural tour it is a great book. It gives the reader the chance to follow along on a trip that very few could take on their own. Mixed in with the description of the trip is a narrative on the mythology associated with the river. Lots of fun to read.
o Paperback: 220 pages
o Publisher: Haus Publishing (May 24, 2011)
o Language: English
o ISBN-10: 1906598916
o ISBN-13: 978-1906598914
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https://www.amazon.com/Mumbai-Mecca-Pilgrimage-Sites-Islam/dp/1904950299/
In early 2003, Ilija Trojanow -- originally from Bulgaria, but then living in Mumbai -- undertook the Hajj. MUMBAI TO MECCA is his account of the pilgrimage. As the fifth pillar of Islam, the Hajj is a lifetime objective for over 1.5 billion of this planet's people. For someone like me (a non-Moslem), the Hajj is an impossibility. Reading the book, therefore, gave me a glimpse and rudimentary understanding, otherwise unavailable to me, of an event central to the lives of so many of my fellow world-citizens.
o Hardcover: 215 pages
o Publisher: Haus Publishing; 1st edition edition (February 1, 2007)
o Language: English
o ISBN-10: 1904950299
o ISBN-13: 978-1904950295
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Nach der Flucht
https://literaturblatt.ch/ilija-trojanow-nach-der-flucht-s-fischer/
audio interview https://www.mdr.de/kultur/videos-und-audios/audio-radio/sendung-233550_zc-13255ee1_zs-781b7c38.html
https://www.amazon.de/Nach-Flucht-Ilija-Trojanow/dp/3103972962

I do not find this in English - Graham
Graham wrote
at 10:11pm on Tuesday, 23rd January 2018
From Ruramisai

My suggestions are two fiction and two nonfiction books, all of which I have linked to Amazon (sorry independent booksellers):

Jenny Erpenbeck (trans. Susan Bernofsky), Go Gone, Went (fiction)
The novel tells the tale of Richard, a retired professor who lives in Berlin. His wife has died, and he lives a routine existence until one day he spies some African refugees staging a hunger strike. Curiosity turns to compassion and an inner transformation, as he visits their shelter, interviews them, and becomes embroiled in their harrowing fates
A thoughtful, touching, painful, real story of refugees caught in limbo. It unfolds naturally so you meet and get to know the Africans as Richard does, so you see the levels of complexity and humanity in the refugee experiences.
• Paperback: 320 pages
• Publisher: New Directions; Reprint edition (September 26, 2017)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 0811225941
• ISBN-13: 978-0811225946

Souad Mekhennet, I was Told to Come Alone (nonfiction)
In this compelling and evocative memoir, we accompany Mekhennet as she journeys behind the lines of jihad, starting in the German neighborhoods where the 9/11 plotters were radicalized and the Iraqi neighborhoods where Sunnis and Shia turned against one another, to the Turkish/Syrian border region where ISIS is a daily presence. In her travels across the Middle East and North Africa, she documents her chilling run-ins with various intelligence services and shows why the Arab Spring never lived up to its promise.
• Hardcover: 368 pages
• Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (June 13, 2017)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1627798978
• ISBN-13: 978-1627798976

Katherine Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers (nonfiction)
the gap between the haves and have-nots in India is staggering to behold. This first book by a New Yorker staff writer (and Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter for the Washington Post) jolts the reader’s consciousness with the opposing realities of poverty and wealth in a searing visit to the Annawaldi settlement, a new slum in the west of the gigantic city of Mumbai
• Paperback: 288 pages
• Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (April 8, 2014)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 081297932X
• ISBN-13: 978-0812979329

Nadine Gordimer, The Conservationist (fiction)
This is yet another beautifully crafted novel from Nadine Gordimer, framed within the early pre-revolt period of the Apartheid era in her native South Africa. Through Gordimer's craft in use of language, she provides for the reader a visual masterpiece of the land and the people as they live together and separately during that period.
Mehring is rich. He has all the privileges and possessions that South Africa has to offer, but his possessions refuse to remain objects. His wife, son, and mistress leave him; his foreman and workers become increasingly indifferent to his stewardship; even the land rises up, as drought, then flood, destroy his farm.
• Paperback: 272 pages
• Publisher: Penguin Books; Reissue edition (February 24, 1983)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 0140047166
• ISBN-13: 978-0140047165

Graham wrote
at 9:48pm on Tuesday, 23rd January 2018
? Mine (Melinda) were
Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh
"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.
Forty years ago, Bakerton coal fueled the country. Then the mines closed, and the town wore away like a bar of soap. Now Bakerton has been granted a surprise third act: it sits squarely atop the Marcellus Shale, a massive deposit of natural gas."
https://www.amazon.com/Heat-Light-Novel-Jennifer-Haigh/dp/0061763292
• Hardcover: 448 pages
• Publisher: Ecco; First Edition edition (May 3, 2016)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 0061763292
• ISBN-13: 978-0061763298
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Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
"#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to question everything they know about privilege, power, and race, the stunning new page-turner from Jodi Picoult." Quotes are from Amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/Small-Great-Things-Jodi-Picoult/dp/0345544951
• Hardcover: 480 pages
• Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (October 11, 2016)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 0345544951
• ISBN-13: 978-0345544957
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As these may be too long for our group, shorter ones follow:

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Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi-Coates
https://www.amazon.com/Between-World-Me-Ta-Nehisi-Coates/dp/0451482212
In a series of essays, written as a letter to his son, Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives.
• Hardcover: 176 pages
• Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; 1 edition (July 14, 2015)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 0812993543
• ISBN-13: 978-0812993547
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The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Year-Magical-Thinking-Joan-Didion/dp/0007216858
• Paperback: 227 pages
• Publisher: Harper Perennial (4 Sept. 2006)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 0007216858
• ISBN-13: 978-0007216857

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