Friends Book Club

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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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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October Book Club features memoir by NPR host and Minneapolis native Michele Norris

October 16, 2020 10:00 am

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The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris is October’s selection

By the time you receive this notice, our first monthly Mia Friends Bookclub will be under our belt. What an adventure for Mia’s Book Club leader Debra Hegstrom, Docent leader Ginny Wheeler, and Friends Only leader Carol Poulson. Thanks to all who joined this first Zoom discussion of Lisa See’s The Island of Sea Women.

Next up will be The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris, which focuses on her experiences as a black woman growing up in south Minneapolis. From GoodReads: “Norris unearthed painful family secrets that compelled her to question her own self-understanding: from her father’s shooting by a Birmingham police officer weeks after his discharge from the navy at the conclusion of World War II to her maternal grandmother’s peddling pancake mix as an itinerant Aunt Jemima to white farm women in the Midwest.”

You may recall Michele’s (pronounced “Mee-shell”) name from NPR’s “All Things Considered” where she was co-host from 2002 to 2011. She has achieved many things, not to mention her book.

Looking ahead, the December selection will be The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.

Please send an email to friends@artsmia.org to register for October’s meeting and receive a Zoom invitation. Space is limited to 17 people so don’t wait!

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2020/2021 Friends Book Club and September’s book!

September 18, 2020 10:00 am

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Join Friends via Zoom for a discussion of The Island of Sea Women by Linda See

Much of the news in recent months has dealt with change, and the same goes for the Friends Book Club in the coming year.

Book Club leadership recently transferred from Elizabeth Winga to Carol Poulson.  Carol previously served on the Board of Friends for Hospitality and other programs, so Book Club will be a new venture for her.  WELCOME, Carol!

Another change is that our September gathering, and likely subsequent Book Club sessions this year, will be held via Zoom.  If you’ve never attended a Zoom bookclub, you might be surprised how connected they can make you feel.

Friends Book Club

The book for September is what O, The Oprah Magazine calls,  “A mesmerizing new historical novel” The Island of Sea Women by Linda See. 

Set on the Korean island of Jeju, The Island of Sea Women follows two girls from very different backgrounds as they begin working with their village’s all-female diving collective. 

 

Additional Book Club dates and titles:

Friday, October 16, The Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris, which focuses on Norris’ experiences as a black woman growing up in south Minneapolis.

Friday, November 20, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the Golden Age in New York City, 

We’ll continue to offer a post-discussion tour as part of the monthly Book Club.  Since on-site gallery tours at Mia aren’t currently an option, we’re figuring out an alternative.

Important: Please send an email to friends@artsmia.org to register for September’s meeting  (or indicate interest in future meetings) and receive a Zoom invitation and details about the tour, 

We look forward to staying connected, seeing you, and discussing books via Zoom! 

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March Book Club meets for Exit West

March 20, 2020 10:00 am

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Art & Research Library

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The Friends Book Club will meet in the Art & Research Library on the first floor of the Target Wing.  All Friends members are invited to attend.

The March selection will be the award-winning book, Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. Described as a visionary love story tracing the immigrant journey from homeland to an uncertain future in new lands, the story of Nadia and Saeed reveals the global perils that so many must face. 

Honors for this inventive work of fiction include Finalist for the Booker Prize and one of the 10 Best Books for 2017 by the New York Times Book Review.  The Review stated, “It was as if Hamid knew what was going to happen to America and the world, and gave us a road map to our future…”

The discussion will be led by docent Bruce Robbins who holds a Ph.D. in Latin American history.  During his career he spent 30 years as a diplomat and teacher for the Methodist Church. Mia docents will guide members on gallery tours following the book discussion. 

Reservations are recommended. Please call in or email a reservation prior to the Friday meeting, friends@artsmia.org or 612.870.3045.   Beverages will be provided courtesy of the Friends.

For further information about this Friends Only event please contact elizabethwinga@gmail.com.  We hope that you will join us!   

 

The Story of Arthur Truluv:  A Novel by Elizabeth Berg is February’s book

February 21, 2020 10:00 am

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 “A beautiful, life-affirming novel about a remarkably loving man who creates for himself and others second chances at happiness.”

-Goodreads

The Friends Book Club will meet on the third Friday in February to discuss a book that, while about loss, is optimistic and life-affirming. 

This month’s discussion will be led by docent Julie Holland who will explore the theme of how small acts can turn friends into family.  Mia’s docents will guide members on gallery tours following the book discussion.  Beverages will be provided courtesy of the Friends. We hope that you will join us!   

For further information about this Friends Only event, please contact elizabethwinga@gmail.com. To reserve your spot; friends@artsmia.org or 612.870.3045.  

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Great characters are the focus of the January friends only book club

January 17, 2020 10:00 am

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Art Research and Reference Library 

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Louise Penny’s A Great Reckoning: A Novel is the first book of the new year!

The new year for Mia’s Book Club begins with a crime mystery written by popular Canadian novelist Louise Penny.  A Great Reckoning: A Novel is Penny’s 12th in this superb series featuring Quebec Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, and set in the fictional village of Three Pines. 

The many awards that Penny has received for this series are a testament to how highly-regarded she has become.  From the Library Journal, “Riveting…with characters of incredible depth who only add to the strength of the plot.”  And from the New York Times Book Review, “Artful… powerful… magical.”

Friends members interested in a discussion on these intriguing characters, who are neither all good or all evil, are invited to join us.  Please call or email a reservation prior to the Friday meeting, friends@artsmia.org or 612.870.3045.  Members meet in the Art Research and Reference Library located by the Target Wing Atrium.  Beverages will be provided courtesy of the Friends.

This month’s discussion will be led by regular Book Club member Corrine Zwickey, who will bring the experience of her years as a literature educator to the discussion.  Mia’s docents will guide members on gallery tours following the book discussion.

For further information about this Friends Only event please contact elizabethwinga@gmail.com.  We hope that you will join us!   

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Friends November Book is “The Refugees” with themes related to “Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975”

November 15, 2019 10:00 am

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Friends Only Book Club to meet Friday, November 15. Space is limited so make a reservation now!

The current special exhibition, Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War 1965-1975, challenges us to rethink a tumultuous period in our nation’s history.  One continuing impact in our country today is the many refugees from southeast Asia who have immigrated to our nation and Minnesota.  Mia’s November book selection, The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen, will guide Friends Book Club attendees in revisiting this era via a discussion.

Any Friends member interested in a stimulating discussion of this award-winning book is invited to join the Book Club for the November meeting.  This month’s discussion will be lead by docent Susan Drummond who has traveled to Vietnam. Small group gallery tours will follow the book discussion and will be led by Mia docents.

Praise for The Refugees has been widespread since it was published in 2016.  As a collection of short stories, the author provides a glimpse into the lives of people from his homeland, Vietnam.  His humor and writing style along with poignant moments enrich our feelings and memories of this time period.

For further questions about this Friends Only Event please contact Elizabeth Winga, elizabethwinga@gmail.com.  

To make a reservation call the Friends office, 612.870.3045 or send an email to friends@artsmia.org and leave your name.  There is a limit of 20 openings.

Friends Only Book Club is one more reason to join and support the Friends of Mia!

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