2016 Tuesday Night Book Club
March 1st: The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs
Peace was a talented young African-American man who escaped the slums of Newark for Yale University, only to succumb to the dangers of the streets when he returned home. When Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with Peace, his college roommate for four years. Peace’s life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, and he carried with him the difficult dual nature of his existence, “fronting” in Yale and at home. Through an honest rendering of Peace’s relationships, Hobbs examines the collision of two fiercely insular worlds.
April 12th: Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore.
May 10th: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families of the terminally ill.
June 14th: The Children Act by Ian McEwan
A highly respected London judge hides behind her professional accomplishments after her decision to separate from a husband who wants an open marriage and a loss that challenges her beliefs throughout a case involving parents whose faith forbids a life-saving transfusion for their son.
September 6th: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
A movie star who’s decided to pound the boards as King Lear collapses and dies mid-performance, and shortly thereafter civilization collapses and starts dying as well. The narrative then moves between the actor’s early career and a journey through the blasted landscape 15 years after the book’s opening events.
October 25th: Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
Laura never gave much thought to her ancestry until she discovers that her grandparents lived through the Armenian genocide of 1915. Drawing on his own heritage, Bohjalian has written a moving and compelling novel about love and loss and a generations-old secret.
December 6th: I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price.