Christ Church Book Club
7:00pm. Designated Tuesdays in September, October, November, January, February, April, and May. An eclectic and often eccentric choice of a great range of books, one or two main books or excerpt per evening, along with reference to other books, for discussion and debate. Open to all and everyone! One hour. Where? Coronation Room, Christ Church Parish Hall, 7 Wentworth Street, Windsor, Nova Scotia. Contact: David Curry 790-6173.
Dates: September 20th, October 18th, November 22nd, 2016;
January 17th, February 21st, April 25th & May 16th, 2017
Tuesday, September 20th, 2016. Louise Penny’s The Nature of the Beast (2015) and Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See (2014). We return to ‘idyllic’ Three Pines in Quebec with now retired Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Reine-Marie Gamache only to discover what deadly beast lurks in its not so distant past whose reach yet continues into the present, as well as journeying to France and Germany during the Second World War in the intersection of the lives of the blind Marie-Laure and the orphan Werner in St. Malo, caught up as always in the perennial struggles of good and evil.Available from www.amazon.ca for $ 16.41 & $ 9.89 respectively.
Tuesday, October 18th, 2016. James Shapiro’s The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 (2015) and Iain Pears’ The Dream of Scipio (2002). James Shapiro takes us on a lively romp through the remarkable year of 1606 in England and its effects on the works of Shakespeare while Iain Pears weaves three stories from three different periods about three different characters and their lives which somehow all inter-relate, partly through place – Provence – but in other ways as well. Available from www.amazon.ca for $ 22.03 & $ 19.94 respectively.
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016. With Dogs at the Edge of Life (2016) by Colin Dayan and Being Human (1998) by Jean Vanier. Questions about what it means to be human can be explored in many different ways, partly through a reflection upon our interaction with other creatures, such as Colin Dayan shows, and partly through our encounters with those whom we might think of as outsiders, such as Jean Vanier proposes. Available at www.amazon.ca for $ 29.70 & $ 17.04 respectively.
Tuesday, January 17th, 2017. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence (2015) and Peter Mansfield’s A History of the Middle East (1991). Sacks’ profound and thoughtful look at the stories of sibling rivalry in Genesis provides the basis for thinking about the relationships between religions and religious cultures in our world while Mansfield offers a cogent survey of the historical complexities of a world which is so often seen only in terms of religious strife and controversy. Available from www.amazon.ca for $ 20.22 & $ 0.01 plus shipping respectively.
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017. Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away (2014) by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein and The Road to Character (2015) by David Brooks. The philosophical and the ethical are never far apart and these books help us to realize that the questions they raise do not go away and are very much present and before us in our technocratic age. Available from www.amazon.ca for $ 14.67 & $ 20.26 respectively.
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017. Atul Gawarde’s Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (2014) and Paul Kalanithi’s When Breath Becomes Air (2016). These two thoughtful and heart-rending books challenge us to think compassionately and clearly about end of life issues and questions that confront our culture in part by raising the questions in a humane way. Available from www.amazon.ca for $ 20.49 & $ 21.28 respectively.
Tuesday, May 16th, 2017. Leonardo and The Last Supper (2012) by Ross King and The Parthenon (2001, rev. 2010) by Mary Beard. Here are two works which explore two of the greatest and most iconic of the world’s art and architectural works, Leonardo da Vinci’s famous fresco in Milan and the Parthenon in Athens, sifting through the layers of myth and history to bring us to a new and better appreciation of each. Available from www.amazon.ca for $ 17.78 & $ 20.89 respectively.