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An event every month that begins at 11:15 am on day Third of the month, repeating until Monday, May 18, 2020
Augustana’s Book Group meets the third Monday of each month at 11:15 a.m. in the Anna Paulson Room, and we usually bring our lunch. You don’t need to read the books in advance—just join us for fellowship and great discussion! Here is a list of our upcoming selections so that you can start reading!
The Unquiet Dead: A Novel (Rachel Getty and Esa Khattak Novels) by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Despite their many differences, Detective Rachel Getty trusts her boss, Esa Khattak, implicitly. But she’s still uneasy at Khattak’s tight-lipped secrecy when he asks her to look into Christopher Drayton’s death. But as Rachel and Khattak dig deeper into the life and death of Christopher Drayton, every question seems to lead only to more questions, with no easy answers. In her spellbinding debut, Ausma Zehanat Khan has written a complex and provocative story of loss, redemption, and the cost of justice that will linger with readers long after turning the final page. (Amazon)
Unbound by John Shors
Shors recreates an ancient and celebrated Chinese legend about a pair of young lovers separated by war and the Great Wall.
November 18: Two Books!
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Wharton’s twelfth novel was initially serialized in four parts. It won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, making it the first novel written by a woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and thus Wharton the first woman to win the prize. The story is set in upper-class New York City in the 1870s.
Orange World by Karen Russell
Karen Russell’s comedic genius and mesmerizing talent for creating outlandish predicaments that uncannily mirror our inner lives is on full display in these eight exuberant, arrestingly vivid, unforgettable stories. (Amazon)
No December meeting
The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window by Jonas Jonasson
After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant). (Amazon)
The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
Who is Ruth McBride Jordan? A self-declared “light-skinned” woman evasive about her ethnicity, yet steadfast in her love for her twelve black children. James McBride, journalist, musician, and son, explores his mother’s past, as well as his own upbringing and heritage. (Amazon)