GAC Book Talk 2022 – 2023
Meetings are the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.
This fun online book discussion group meets on zoom every first Thursday of the month, November through June. All are welcome. Participants do not have to attend every time, but can choose the books they are interested in. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende – led by Pat
Roser, a pregnant young widow fleeing the Spanish Civil War, finds her life intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them desires.
Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr – led by Vikki
Anna, Omeir, Seymour, Zeno, and Konstance are dreamers and outsiders whose lives intertwine in the
past, present, and future over the legend of Aethon.
The Trouble with White Women by Kyla Schuller – led by Karen
Women including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Margaret Sanger, and Sheryl Sandberg are commonly
celebrated as leaders of feminism. Yet they have fought for the few, not the many. As award-winning
scholar Kyla Schuller argues, their white feminist politics dispossess the most marginalized to liberate
The Bluest Eye and Recitaff: A Story by Toni Morrison – led by Mike
Morrison herself described Recitatif, a story which will keep readers thinking and discussing for years to
come, as “an experiment in the removal of all racial codes from a narrative about two characters of
different races for whom racial identity is crucial.”
The Last Nomad by Shugri Said Sahl – led by Paula
Sahl’s memoir of growing up in traditional nomadic life in the desert before being caught up in the
Somalian civil war and escaping a strict partriarchal system for the U.S.
Year of Wonder: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks – led by Judy
An unforgettable tale, set in 17th century England, of a village that quarantines itself to arrest the spread
of the plague.
A Short History of Myth by Karen Armstrong – led by Ellen
Concise yet compelling investigation into myth: what it is, how it has evolved, and why we still so
desperately need it.
The Magician by Colm Tobin – led by Sage
An intimate, astonishingly complex portrait of Thomas Mann, his magnificent and complex wife Katia, and the times in which they lived – World war I, the rise of Hitler, World War II, the Cold War, and exile.
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer – led by Susan
Central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and
celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world.
The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah M. Broom – led by Pat
A brilliant, haunting and unforgettable memoir from a stunning new talent about the inexorable pull of
home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.
The Topeka School by Ben Lerner – led by Vikki
A tender and expansive family drama set in the American Midwest at the turn of the century: a tale of
adolescence, transgression, and the conditions that have given rise to the trolls and tyrants of the New
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