Monday Night Reading/Discussion Group
1100 E St
San Rafael, CA 94901
The Downtown library has a reading/discussion group that meets on the 2nd Monday of the month (except where noted for holidays) from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Library Meeting Room.
We read shorter classics, contemporary short stories, poems, articles, essays, plays, excerpts, and short novels. Participants have input on future readings.
January 14: Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
February 11: Empire Falls by Richard Russo
March 11: An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine
April 8: Celebrating Jazz Month – Body and Soul by Frank Conroy
May 13: Celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Month – Everything I Never Told You by Celest Ng
The next three books celebrate The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing and Our Summer Reading Theme: A Universe of Stories…
June 10: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
July 8: Rocket Boys by Homer Hickham
August 12: Endurance by Scott Kelly (Biography)
September 9: Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe (Fiction)
This book is about Elmer Gant, a young man coming of age in North Carolina in 1929. Wolfe said that Look Homeward, Angel is “a book made out of my life,” and his largely autobiographical story about the quest for a greater intellectual life has resonated with and influenced generations of readers.
October 14: Life After Lifeby Kate Atkinson (Fiction)
What if you could live again and again, until you got it right?
On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.
November 4: NOTE: This is the 1st Monday – November 11th is a holiday
The Disappearing Spoon : And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean (Non-fiction Science)
Why did Gandhi hate iodine (I, 53)? Why did the Japanese kill Godzilla with missiles made of cadmium (Cd, 48)? How did radium (Ra, 88) nearly ruin Marie Curie’s reputation? And why did tellurium (Te, 52) lead to the most bizarre gold rush in history?
The periodic table is one of our crowning scientific achievements, but it’s also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, betrayal and obsession. The fascinating tales in The Disappearing Spoon follow carbon, neon, silicon, gold and every single element on the table as they play out their parts in human history, finance, mythology, conflict, the arts, medicine and the lives of the (frequently) mad scientists who discovered them.
Why did a little lithium (Li, 3) help cure poet Robert Lowell of his madness? And how did gallium (Ga, 31) become the go-to element for laboratory pranksters? The Disappearing Spoon has the answers, fusing science with the classic lore of invention, investigation, discovery and alchemy, from the big bang through to the end of time.
December 9: TBD