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BookSmart Book Club Reading List 2018

Book Club meets the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7pm except December when we meet a week early.

BookSmart Book Club Reading List 2018
Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month – 7 pm

JUNE:   Small Great Things –Jodi Picoult
                 With richly layered characters and a gripping moral dilemma that will lead readers to    
    question everything they know about privilege, power, and race.  A thought-provoking   
    examination of racism in America today, both overt and subtle.




JULY:    The Circle –Dave Eggars
    A dystopian heart-racing novel of suspense, that tackles surveillance, privacy and the    
     frightening intrusions of technology in our lives; raising questions about  
     memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.




AUGUST:  Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End –Atul Gawande
      Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth,
       injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the  
       inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter
       to what it should. Gawande examines its ultimate limitations and failures-in his own  
       practices as well as others'-as life draws to a close. Riveting, honest, and
                      humane, Being Mortal shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good           
                      life-all the way to the very end.


SEPTEMBER:  A Tale For the Time Being –Ruth Ozeki
          In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her       aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao              first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s     
             lived more than a century.  A Tale for the Time Being is a brilliantly inventive,
             beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home.



OCTOBER:  Brave New World –Aldous Huxley
      Brave New World is a searching vision of an unequal, technologically-advanced future
      where humans are genetically bred, socially indoctrinated, and pharmaceutically  
      anesthetized to passively uphold an authoritarian ruling order--all at the cost of our    
      freedom, full humanity, and perhaps also our souls.



NOVEMBER:  Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of   
                     the FBI –David Grann        True-life murder mystery
      In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in     which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research     and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as     each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But     more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward     American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long.                  Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.




JANUARY 2019:  The Silicon Valley Reads book