Monday, December 4, 2017

Second Saturday Book Group Schedule

1stUUPB’s Second Saturday Book Group will meet in the Sanctuary next Saturday morning, December 9, from 10am until shortly after noon. We’ll be discussing the novel Moonglow by Michael Chabon, published in November 2016.

Continuing with this year’s theme Family— the Ties that Bind, and Sometimes Unravel, this book chronicles the narrator's discussions with his family, particularly his mother and dying grandfather. It’s a multi-generational saga of a Jewish family’s secrets, lies, and loves — an autobiography wrapped in a novel, disguised as a memoir, with some of these memories set in Florida.  The narrator functions as a proxy for the author, Chabon.
Why? Chabon is a highly praised contemporary author and Pulitzer winner, and, since this sounds like a great family story, I thought it was time we checked into his work. Moonglow was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.  In 2000 Chabon won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. 

Also, please note that, because of a scheduling conflict on the second Saturday, next month we will be meeting on January 6 — the first Saturday.  Our selection for that session is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, published in June, 2016. Each chapter in the novel, which covers around 500 years, follows a different descendant of an  African Asante woman named Maame, starting with her two daughters, separated by circumstance: Effia marries James Collins, the British governor in charge of Cape Coast Castle, while her half-sister Esi is held captive in the dungeons below, awaiting shipment to the American colonies. Subsequent chapters follow their children and following generations.  Nominations: Goodreads Choice Awards Best Historical Fiction, PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction.
Why?  A new voice in the literary world, Gyasi shows consequences of the slave trade both in Ghana and the U.S. by following a single family.
Remember Roots?
Members, friends, and community people are welcome to these sessions, whether you’ve read the books or not!  We “Read so as to know the world.”   For further information, you may contact Dorie Maxwell at or call her at 561-301-4204.

Date         Title & Author                      # pages     First published
Nov. 11 Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward 288     Aug 30, 2011
Dec. 9 Moonglow by Michael Chabon              430     Nov 22, 2016
Jan. 13 Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi                   320     June 7, 2016  
Feb. 10 The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri          340     Sep 24, 2013 
Mar. 10 Pride and Prejudice  by Jane Austen 226     Jan 28, 1813
Apr. 14 Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett  368     May 3, 2016  

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