The inspiration for this club was the first book we read: The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving and Reading by Anne Gisleson. The book is an account of a group of friends facing life's difficulties--large and small--and looking to literary works (and alcohol) to help them find the wisdom to cope. We read some newer books, almost exclusively non-fiction, like "Sapiens" by Yuval Noah Harari, but we primarily focus more on well-established literature and, especially, essays and works of criticism that consider the power of such works.
The What's the Big Idea Book Club meets the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
Please note that this club is inactive due to the COVID-19 crisis and will not be signing up new members until further notice.
Book Club Liaison: Frank Reiss
Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt by Ken Krimstein
Next Month's Selection
The Lost Art of Scripture by Karen Armstong
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
If All the Seas Were Ink by Ilana Kurshan
Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle by Daniel Everett
Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century by Charles King
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
At the Existentialist Cafe by Sarah Bakewell
Killers of the Dream by Lillian Smith
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
On the Abolition of All Political Parties by Simone Weil
The Castle by Franz Kafka, Translated by Mark Harman
The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking by Olivia Liang
Florida by Lauren Groff
The Futilitarians: Our Year of Thinking, Drinking, Grieving and Reading by Anne Gisleson