International Club of Berne

Sophie Book Group

  • Wednesday, 24th January 2018 at 7pm
  • Wednesday, 21st February 2018 at 7:15pm

Location: Reformiertes Forum, Länggasse 41

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

See the comments below for proposals of books.

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).

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 11:38am on Tuesday, 16th January 2018
Meeting on Wednesday, 24 January at 19:00
will NOT be at the Ref. Forum but at a nearby restaurant.
Graham wrote
at 4:21pm on Thursday, 4th January 2018
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/.
Graham wrote
at 9:03pm on Monday, 18th December 2017
Some books which are being read by a ZUrich book group

The author Yuval Noah Harari
https://www.ted.com/speakers/yuval_noah_harari
http://www.ynharari.com/

Two major non-fiction books
"Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind"
"Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow"

Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

"21 Lessons for the 21st Century" only 112 pages, about the present
https://www.amazon.com/Lessons-21st-Century-Yuval-Harari-ebook/dp/B0767FS76G

"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

"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley

"M. Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran" by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
https://www.meetup.com/zurichbookclub/events/243082454/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._Ibrahim_and_the_Flowers_of_the_Koran

"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/
Graham wrote
at 8:55pm on Monday, 18th December 2017
The Last Question by Isaac Asimov in 1956 can be found here
http://multivax.com/last_question.html

The "Last Answer" by Isaac Asimov in 1980 can be found here
http://www.thrivenotes.com/the-last-answer/
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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So there are 4 ideas for you all!

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English cafe was great with 8 people and music. Not enough interested for Basel museums, but the EESCB Games Evening and the Blues music were great.

Sunday badminton, Monday Toastmasters, Wednesday book club, Thursday ladies' lunch

Thursday theater - attend "Oliver Twist".

Friday - anyone interested in Tennis? We have a new WhatsApp group for weekend tennis. Ask Graham if you wish to join it. Also ask him about dancing on Friday and / or Saturday.

Next Sunday - walk and talk, and visit the Art Museum for a tour. Then badminton

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