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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. 

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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.”

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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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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.

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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.

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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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