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, 24th 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 no book - delay one month. Discussion.
  • 19:15 on October 24 The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
  • 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 8:52pm on Monday, 18th December 2017
Soemthing by celebrated Britis writer Jane Gardam

https://www.amazon.com/Jane-Gardam/e/B001IYX3O2/

Perhaps some of her short stories, for instance the 2016 book
https://www.amazon.com/Stories-Jane-Gardam/dp/1609453441

Graham wrote
at 8:47pm on Monday, 18th December 2017
A thriller by Sam Bourne, prescient of the election of Trump!

To Kill a President - Sam Bourne
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/10/to-kill-the-president-sam-bourne-review-jonathan-freedland-trump-bannon
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kill-President-most-explosive-thriller/dp/0007413734
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Bourne
https://www.srf.ch/sendungen/buchzeichen/ein-us-praesident-wie-in-einem-actionthriller
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; 01 edition (4 July 2017)
ISBN-10: 0007413734
ISBN-13: 978-0007413737

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?

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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"

Graham
Graham wrote
at 8:45pm on Monday, 18th December 2017
Do you still have suggestions, Graham? Mine 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.


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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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Ladies’ Lunch 
   Thursday, 11 October, 12:30

English Tea-Time
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Germany trip     a weekend early in October

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Wine Tasting
    Saturday, 20 October, 19:00

Walk & Talk
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    Tuesday, 23 October, from 19:00

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