Friends Book Club

Friends Book Club

October 15, 2021 10:00 am

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Fall is a wonderful season to join the Friends Book Club and curl up with a great book.

The upcoming October Friends Book Club features “This Tender Land”, by William Kent Krueger.  Fun Fact: Krueger was born in Wyoming, but his mystery and crime fiction is set mainly in Minnesota.

Mark your calendar for October 15  at 10 a.m. You can reserve your spot by contacting the Friends Office at friends@artsmia.org. Once you reserve, you will receive your Zoom information a day before the presentation.

The book for September, A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell, was a terrific book to add to your list, even if you missed the discussion.

 

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Friends Only Book Club

September 17, 2021 10:00 am

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Welcome back to the Friends Only Book Club

Our first Book Club meeting will be held on September 17. Due to Mia’s scheduling, we will not meet in-person again until January 2022 for the Book Club and combined guided tours.

 September’s book selection is, “A Woman of No Importance: The untold story of the American Spy who helped with WWII”, by Sonia Purnell.

We  hope you can join us for this presentation and discussion.  Contact the Friends office at friends@artsmia.org to reserve your spot.

 Regards,

Carol Poulson

Chair for Friend Only Book Club

 

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Friends Book Club May selection is “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean 

May 21, 2021 10:00 am

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Head back to the 1980’s in Susan Orlean’s Los Angeles based story.

The Book Club is nearing the end of our COVID Season, but there’s still time to join two more docent led discussions. May will feature “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean. Wrapped inside the story of the great fire in1986 at the Los Angeles Central Library, this book is a sweet ode to libraries and librarians. 

Please join us!

To reserve your spot, email friends@artsmia.org

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The last Friend’s Book Club of the season features “Less—A Novel”

June 18, 2021 10:00 am

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Andrew Sean Greer’s witty tale is June’s book. Because who doesn’t need to laugh?!

June will conclude the pandemic-edition of the Book Club with “Less—A Novel” by Andrew Sean Greer.  A Pulitzer prize winner, the novel is at once a travel narrative, a satire, and a coming-of-age novel for its protagonist—a middle-aged homosexual writer. Arthur Less learns that his former lover, Freddy, is about to marry someone new. And the romp goes on..

One New York Times writer said about the novel, “Convulsed in laughter a few pages into Andrew Sean Greer’s fifth novel, “Less,” I wondered with regret why I wasn’t familiar with this author. My bad.”

Please join us!

To reserve your spot, email friends@artsmia.org. 

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“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens is April’s book 

April 16, 2021 10:00 am

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Join us to discuss a tale of survival and resilience 

Abandoned by her family, a young girl named Kya is raised by a marshland in the South during the ‘50’s. There she deals with her formative and spiritual years, as well as adventure and love.

A New York Times  best-seller for 2019 and 2020,  it still remains on the list. 

Spaces are limited so register soon by emailing friends@artsmia.org

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Friends Book Club is a great way to encourage friends and neighbors to join the Friends Membership. It’s easy to sign up, pay dues and enjoy a Zoom discussion with like-minded readers, among many other benefits.

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“Gun Island” by Amitav Ghosh is the book club selection

March 19, 2021 10:00 am

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Adventure and climate crisis abound in March’s book

Ghosh blends Begali legend with contemporary adventure in this novel in order to find new ways to address the world’s collective denial of climate and culture in crisis.  Join us for the discussion and a docent led tour afterwards.

If you haven’t joined the Book Club, please consider doing so. Our last meeting welcomed a full Zoom group of Friends, a lively discussion of Geraldine Brooks’ “Year of Wonders,” and a fascinating tour by docent Rose Stanley-Gilbert.  She filled the screen with fascinating pieces of Mia artwork to illustrate this very dark pandemic novel.

To join, email friends@artsmia.org to reserve your spot. The discussions are conducted on Zoom and are limited to 18. 

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The February Friends Book Club features the plague

February 19, 2021 10:00 am

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Year of Wonders is the February pick

The February book choice is the timely Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks. To encourage such a book at this time of COVID 19, Oprah said, “Year of Wonders is a vividly imagined and strangely consoling tale of hope in the time of despair.”

According to howlongtoread.com, this will take you just five hours, 12 minutes to complete! 

If you haven’t joined the Book Club, please consider doing so. Not only do we discuss the chosen book, but we also enjoy a Docent-led guide through the Mia artwork, which resonates with the books’ themes. To join, email friends@artsmia.org to reserve your spot. The discussions are conducted on Zoom and are limited to 18. 

 

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Friends January Book Club

January 15, 2021 10:00 am

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Join Friends who love books via Zoom

Time to read again!

January Friends Book Club will enjoy, “The Housekeeper and the Professor” by Yoko Ogawa. This contemporary novel revolves around a young single mother (the Housekeeper) who, along with her son, comes to care for the elderly and amnesiac Professor and end up learning much about life and mathematics in the process.

The 2021 book list for the remaining season include:

February – Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks

March – Gun Island: A Novel by Amitav Ghosh

April -Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

May – The Library Book by Susan Orlean

June – Less: A Novel by Andrew Sean Greer

If you haven’t joined the Book Club, please consider doing so. Not only do we discuss the chosen book, but we also enjoy a Docent-led guide through the Mia artwork, which resonates with the books’ themes. To join, contact the Friends office to be added to the official list. The discussions are conducted on Zoom and are limited to 18. 

Email friends@artsmia.org to reserve your spot.

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Book Club Update

Friends 2021 Book Club Begins a New Season.

The Friends Book Club has wrapped up for the 2020 year. There is no December meeting.  

The January 2021 Friends Book Club will feature The Housekeeper and the Professorby Yoko Ogawa. 

This is an enchanting story about what it means to live in the present and the curious equations that can create a family. 

The Friends Book Club hopes you enjoy the holidays with a warm fire and a lovely book.

Email friends@artsmia.org to reserve your spot.

 

November Friends Book Club

November 20, 2020 10:00 am

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Join us for a discussion about Edith Wharton’s 12th book, The Age of Innocence, published in 1920. 

This novel is about a man, Newland Archer, and his marriage to May Welland which takes place in New York City in 1870. This romantic novel takes many twists and turns and is compounded by Archer’s new-found love for Countess Ellen Olenska.  

Notedly, this book won a Pulitzer in 1921, and it’s a wonderful get-away book while in quarantine.

Sidenote: The October Book Club was led by Mia’s Book Club Leader Debra Hegstrom and Docent Suzanne Zander. The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris is a timely history of Michele Norris’ family and life as it evolved from Alabama to South Minneapolis. This book is a wonderful read and eye-opening historical experience of the character of Minneapolis in the 1950s.

Please send an email to friends@artsmia.org to register for November’s meeting and receive a Zoom invitation. Space is limited to 15 people so don’t wait!

 

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