Book Groups

Class: Gisella Petrone - Continuing Italian Book Group (Corte Madera)

Monday, July 11, 2016 - 1:00pm

3 Mondays: July 11, 18 & 25 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm • $100

New students welcome! Italian Book Club continuing reading and discussing Jumpha Lahira’s new book In Other Words.

Gisella Petrone has a master’s degree from the University of Calabria. She has taught English, Italian, Latin, Roman history, and Italian cooking.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Pam Feinsilber - Meet the Author (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 7:00pm

Pamela Feinsilber’s Meet the Author Book Group Four Mondays

* Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 21, Dec. 19 • 7:00‐9:00 pm • $95

We’ll have intimate conversations with the authors of…a World War II‐era novel, part history, past fantasy, that “balances beautifully on the thin line between wishful thinking and reason”; a “riveting” novel whose young protagonist goes to Vietnam in search of her missing‐in‐action brother; an “entertaining, insightful” novel centered on two would‐be writers, one in today’s Chicago, the other a character from Sherwood Anderson’s immortal Winesburg, Ohio; and a compelling collection of stories whose author has been compared to Alice Munro and other “masters of their own devastating, immersive universes.”

SEPTEMBER
Janis Cooke Newman - A Master Plan for Rescue 

OCTOBER
Marian Palaia - The Given World 

NOVEMBER
Porter Shreve - The End of the Book 

DECEMBER
Lori Ostlund - The Bigness of the World 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Evenings) (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 7:00pm

Five Mondays: Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 12 & Jan. 16 • 7:00 – 9:00 pm • $125

This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle. In addition to reading award winning novels, participants develop literary perceptual and critiquing skills.

September
Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer (Pulitzer Prize 2016)

October
Magda Szabó, The Door (Prix Femina Étranger)

November
Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies (Natl. Book Award 2015)

December
Tess Hadley, The Past (Windham-Campbell Prize)

January
Mario Vargas Llosa, The Discreet Hero (Nobel Prize)

Carol Benet received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley where she won an Outstanding Teaching Award.

The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802124944
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as five other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal.


The Door Cover Image
By Magda Szabo, Magda Szabao, Len Rix (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590177716
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - January 27th, 2015

One of "The New York Times Book Review"'s "10 Best Books of 2015"
An NYRB Classics Original


Fates and Furies Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594634475
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - September 15th, 2015

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A FINALIST FOR THE 2015 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
NPR MORNING EDITION BOOK CLUB PICK
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY: THE WASHINGTON POST, NPR, TIME, THE SEATTLE TIMES, MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE, SLATE, LIBRARY JOURNAL, KIRKUS, AND MANY MORE


The Past Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062270412
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - January 5th, 2016

An exquisite writer, a writer's writer, with a fine eye for detail and a way of crafting sentences that make you stop and inhale . . . Hadley should be a bestseller rather than literary fiction's best kept secret. The Times (London)


The Discreet Hero Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250081629
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador USA - March 8th, 2016

A tale of two cities Piura and Lima rocked by scandal, and the disintegrating bonds of loyalty between the generations


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Afternoons) (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 1:00pm

Five Mondays: Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 12 & Jan. 16 • 1:00 – 3:00 pm • $125

This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle. In addition to reading award winning novels, participants develop literary perceptual and critiquing skills.

September
Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer (Pulitzer Prize 2016)

October
Magda Szabó, The Door (Prix Femina Étranger)

November
Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies (Natl. Book Award 2015)

December
Tess Hadley, The Past (Windham-Campbell Prize)

January
Mario Vargas Llosa, The Discreet Hero (Nobel Prize)

Carol Benet received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley where she won an Outstanding Teaching Award.

The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802124944
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as five other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal.


The Door Cover Image
By Magda Szabo, Magda Szabao, Len Rix (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590177716
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - January 27th, 2015

One of "The New York Times Book Review"'s "10 Best Books of 2015"
An NYRB Classics Original


Fates and Furies Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781594634475
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - September 15th, 2015

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A FINALIST FOR THE 2015 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
NPR MORNING EDITION BOOK CLUB PICK
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY: THE WASHINGTON POST, NPR, TIME, THE SEATTLE TIMES, MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE, SLATE, LIBRARY JOURNAL, KIRKUS, AND MANY MORE


The Past Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062270412
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper - January 5th, 2016

An exquisite writer, a writer's writer, with a fine eye for detail and a way of crafting sentences that make you stop and inhale . . . Hadley should be a bestseller rather than literary fiction's best kept secret. The Times (London)


The Discreet Hero Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250081629
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Picador USA - March 8th, 2016

A tale of two cities Piura and Lima rocked by scandal, and the disintegrating bonds of loyalty between the generations


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Tuesdays) (Corte Madera)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 10:30am

5 Tuesdays: Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Dec. 13 & Jan. 10 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125

September
Don DeLillo, Zero K, Scribner, 288 pages, hardcover

October
Anne Enright, The Green Road, Norton, 336 pages, paperback    

November
Bill Clegg, Did You Ever Have a Family, Gallery/Scout Press, 320 pages, paperback    

December
Magda Szabo, The Door, NYRB Classics, 288 pages, paperback

January
Elizabeth Strout, My Name is Lucy Barton, Random House, 208 pages, paperback coming in November

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the S.F. Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

Zero K Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501135392
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - May 3rd, 2016

The wisest, richest, funniest, and most moving novel in years from Don DeLillo, one of the great American novelists of our time an ode to language, at the heart of our humanity, a meditation on death, and an embrace of life.


The Green Road Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393352801
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 3rd, 2016

From internationally acclaimed author Anne Enright comes a shattering novel set in a small town on Ireland's Atlantic coast. The Green Road is a tale of family and fracture, compassion and selfishness a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we strive to fill them.


Did You Ever Have a Family Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476798189
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 17th, 2016

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD, MAN BOOKER PRIZE, PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE, AND ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE AN ALA NOTABLE BOOK NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Amazon Library Journal Booklist NPR Kirkus Reviews Guardian St. Louis Post-Dispatch Google Play Kobo Literary Hub Powell s


The Door Cover Image
By Magda Szabo, Magda Szabao, Len Rix (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590177716
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - January 27th, 2015

One of "The New York Times Book Review"'s "10 Best Books of 2015"
An NYRB Classics Original


My Name Is Lucy Barton Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781400067695
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - January 12th, 2016

"#1 NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER A new book by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout is cause for celebration. Her bestselling novels, including "Olive Kitteridge "and" The Burgess Boys, "have illuminated our most tender relationships.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Pat Holt - Contemporary Classics (Fridays) (Corte Madera)

Friday, September 16, 2016 - 10:30am

5 Fridays: Sept. 16, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 16 & Jan. 13 • 10:30 am – 12:30 pm • $125

September
Don DeLillo, Zero K, Scribner, 288 pages, hardcover

October
Anne Enright, The Green Road, Norton, 336 pages, paperback    

November
Bill Clegg, Did You Ever Have a Family, Gallery/Scout Press, 320 pages, paperback    

December
Magda Szabo, The Door, NYRB Classics, 288 pages, paperback

January
Elizabeth Strout, My Name is Lucy Barton, Random House, 208 pages, paperback coming in November

Pat Holt leads a discussion of books that have captured the contemporary imagination. Holt is the former book review editor of the S.F. Chronicle and publisher of Holt Uncensored.

Zero K Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781501135392
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner Book Company - May 3rd, 2016

The wisest, richest, funniest, and most moving novel in years from Don DeLillo, one of the great American novelists of our time an ode to language, at the heart of our humanity, a meditation on death, and an embrace of life.


The Green Road Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393352801
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 3rd, 2016

From internationally acclaimed author Anne Enright comes a shattering novel set in a small town on Ireland's Atlantic coast. The Green Road is a tale of family and fracture, compassion and selfishness a book about the gaps in the human heart and how we strive to fill them.


Did You Ever Have a Family Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781476798189
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 17th, 2016

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD, MAN BOOKER PRIZE, PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE, AND ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE AN ALA NOTABLE BOOK NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Amazon Library Journal Booklist NPR Kirkus Reviews Guardian St. Louis Post-Dispatch Google Play Kobo Literary Hub Powell s


The Door Cover Image
By Magda Szabo, Magda Szabao, Len Rix (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590177716
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New York Review of Books - January 27th, 2015

One of "The New York Times Book Review"'s "10 Best Books of 2015"
An NYRB Classics Original


My Name Is Lucy Barton Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781400067695
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House - January 12th, 2016

"#1 NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER A new book by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout is cause for celebration. Her bestselling novels, including "Olive Kitteridge "and" The Burgess Boys, "have illuminated our most tender relationships.


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: John Hart - Reading the Poets (Corte Madera)

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 7:00pm

Eight Mondays: Sept. 19 – Nov. 7 • 7:00 – 9:00 pm • $200

“To have great poets,” Walt Whitman said, “there must be great audiences.” He wanted not just many readers but also able readers, open-minded and demanding. What makes a poem worth the effort of reading it? In this group we look at (mostly) famous, (mostly) English-language works from Shakespeare to last week.

Widely published local poet and author, John Hart co-edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: Carol Benet - Potpourri of Literary Prizes (Evening)

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 7:00pm

Four Mondays: Feb. 15, March 14, April 11, May 9 • 7:00 - 9:00pm • $125 

This group reads authors that have won literary prizes including the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle. 
 

BOOK LIST:

February: Albert Camus, The Stranger (Nobel Prize)

March: Kamel Daoud, The Meursault Investigation (Prix Goncourt) 

April: Svetlana Alexievich, Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster (Nobel Prize)

May: Kate Atkinson, Life After Life (Costa Prize and Waterstones’ UK Author of the Year)

 

Carol Benet has an MA from Michigan and a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: John Hart - Reading the Poets Thursdays Only (Corte Madera)

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 7:00pm

4 Thursdays: March 3, 17, 31 & April 7 • 7:00 – 9:00 pm • $100

“To have great poets,” Walt Whitman said, “there must be great audiences.” He wanted not just many readers but also able readers, open-minded and demanding. What makes a poem worth the effort of reading it? In this group we look at (mostly) famous, (mostly) English-language works from Shakespeare to last week.

Widely published local poet and author, John Hart co-edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Book Group: John Hart - Reading the Poets Wednesdays Only (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 7:00pm

4 Wednesdays: Feb. 24, March 9, 23, & April 13 • 7:00 – 9:00 pm • $100

“To have great poets,” Walt Whitman said, “there must be great audiences.” He wanted not just many readers but also able readers, open-minded and demanding. What makes a poem worth the effort of reading it? In this group we look at (mostly) famous, (mostly) English-language works from Shakespeare to last week.

Widely published local poet and author, John Hart co-edits the venerable all-poetry journal Blue Unicorn.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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