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Like talking about books with others?
We are seeking enthusiastic volunteer facilitators for two of our book discussion groups:

Contemporary Classics: a discussion of modern works of literary fiction that are destined to be household favorites. Currently meets the second Tuesday evening of each month in the Friends Bookstore (2nd Floor of City Hall) from 7-8:00pm

Book Club for Men
: By popular demand, we would like to offer the guys an alternative forum for discussing books with themes of relevant interest. Possible topics to include: sports, history, travel/adventure, biography, health/well-being, financial etc. Date and time negotiable, to be held in meeting space within City Hall.

For more information, please contact Augie Webb at 415-289-4121, X501 or


Contemporary Classics

We meet the second Tuesday evening of each month in the Friends Bookstore (2nd Floor of City Hall) from 7-8:00pm

Next meeting is on Tuesday, September 9th
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
Anthony Marra

From Amazon: In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

For Sonja, the arrival of Akhmed and Havaa is an unwelcome surprise. Weary and overburdened, she has no desire to take on additional risk and responsibility. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja’s world will shift on its axis and reveal the intricate pattern of connections that weaves together the pasts of these three unlikely companions and unexpectedly decides their fate. A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance.

 New York Times Notable Book of the Year * Washington Post Top Ten Book of the Year


Lesser Known Novels

Join us for an engaging discussion of lesser known gems in literary fiction.  We meet the first Monday afternoon of each month in the City Hall Conference Room from 2:30-3:30.

Next meeting is Monday, August 4th

The Sea-Wolf
Jack London

From Amazon: Pressed into service aboard the Ghost, Humphrey Van Weyden becomes an unwilling participant in a tense shipboard drama. The vessel's deranged and abusive captain, Wolf Larsen, perpetrates an atmosphere of increasing violence that ultimately boils into mutiny, shipwreck, and a desperate confrontation. This 1904 maritime classic depicts the clash of materialistic and idealistic cultures with a captivating combination of gritty realism and sublime lyricism.

Past novels have included:
The Sea-Wolf, Jack London
The All of It, Jeannette Haien
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra
The Space Between Us, Thrity Umrigar
Fools, Joan Silber
Remarkable Creatures, Tracy Chevalier
The Son, Phillip Meyer
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler
The Reader, Bernard Schink
The Day of the Locust, Nathaneal West
A Woman in Jerusalem, A.B. Yehoshua
Mrs. Bridge, Evan S. Connell
The Weight of Water, Anita Shreve
Regeneration, Pat Barker
The Stranger, Albert Camus
The Statement, Brian Moore
Hunger, Elise Blackwell
To Siberia, Per Petterson
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Brian Moore
July's People, Nadine Gordimer
An Artist of the Floating World, Kazuo Ishiguro
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
Music of a Life, Andrei Makine
Comedy in a Minor Key, Hans Keilson
Being Dead, Jim Crace
Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson
The Lover, Marguerite Duras
Samurai's Garden, Gail Tsukiyama
Ignorance, Milan Kundera
Crow Lake,  Mary Lawson
Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee
Music of a Life, Andrei Makine

Last updated: 7/9/2014 1:43:30 PM