Friends Book Club

Talk About Books This Summer

The official Friends Book Club is on hiatus but an informal gathering will occur each month this summer.
Please join us at 5PM at the cafe tables by the Chinese Rock Garden in the General Mills Lobby for a book discussion,
dinner or snacks, and drinks followed by the 6:30PM public docent-led tour. Each attendee is responsible for his/her own snacks. We hope you can attend all or some of the gatherings.
For more information, please contact Jeanne Scheiderer at friendsonlyevents@artsmia.org.
Summer book club dates and books:

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Thursday, May 10River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler

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Thursday, June 14A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

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Thursday, July 12I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
51RSUHDA0mLThursday, August 9Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir by J.D. Vance
 
 
 
 

Friends Only Book Club Meets April 13

April’s selection tells the heartbreaking and heartwarming stories of two half sisters in 18th century Africa.
April Book ClubFriends Only Book Club meets Friday, April 13 for a 10:30AM docent tour and 11:30AM discussion of Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing. We will meet in the Curtis Carlson Family Foundation Studio (Rm 114), and the docent tour starts promptly at 10:30AM. No reservation is required.
Yaa Gyasi was born in Ghana, grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, earned her BA at Stanford University and her MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop. Her widely acclaimed 2017 novel Homegoing tells the heartbreaking and heartwarming stories of two half-sisters in 18th century Africa. One an American slave and one a privileged African, their very different lives and traditions converge in their 21st century American descendants.
Future Friends Only Book Club meetings:
Friday, April 13, will be our last formal meeting until September, but docent book tours will continue. Read Peter Hessler’s River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze in May, and Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow in June — then join a docent book tour any Tuesday at 11:30AM, Thursday or Friday at 6:30PM, or the third Sunday of each month at 3PM.
Please contact Ellen Archibald or Jeanne Scheiderer at friendsonlyevents@artsmia.org with any questions.

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Friends Only Book Club Meets March 16 to discuss a conservationist’s memoir, with birds.

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The selection for the March 2018 Friends Only Book Club is a memoir by conservationist Michelle Raffin.

The Friends Only Book Club meets Friday, March 16 for a 10:30AM docent tour, and an 11:30AM discussion of Birds of Pandemonium: Life Among the Exotic and Endangered by Michele Raffin. We will meet in the Curtis Carlson Family Foundation Studio (Rm 114) and the docent tour departs promptly at 10:30AM. No reservation is required.
Michele Raffin’s chance encounter with an injured white dove ultimately resulted in her becoming an exotic bird rescuer, conservationist, and founder of Pandemonium Aviaries, a nonprofit bird sanctuary that is devoted to saving birds from extinction.
As Raffin says in her memoir, “I intend to convince you that ‘birdbrain’ is the finest of compliments. Our birds are gorgeous. But that’s not why I’ve fallen for them so hard and so deeply. I’ve learned that their behavior is far more fascinating than their plumage.”
According to NPR’s Heller McAlpin,  “… Raffin seduces us with entertaining stories of some of her fine feathered friends, anthropomorphizing them with names and personalities.”
Meganne Fabrega in the Star Tribune writes, “Raffin creates the perfect balance of humor and gravity by raising some serious conservation concerns and then tempering them with heartfelt anecdotes. Above all, it is Raffin’s obvious passion for her unexpected calling that makes this book such an utter delight.”
We cordially invite you to join us as we tour objects in the collection and discuss this charming memoir.
Future Friends Only Book Club dates are as follows:
Friday, April 13 for Homegoing: A Novel, by Yaa Gyasi
Please contact Ellen Archibald or Jeanne Scheiderer (friendsonlyevents@artsmia.org) with any questions.

Friends Only Book Club Starts a New Year

Friends Only Book Club Meets January 12.
Friends Only Book Club meets Friday, January 12, for a 10:30AM docent tour, and an 11:30AM discussion of News of the World: A Novel, by Paulette Jiles.  We will meet in the Curtis Carlson Family Foundation Studio (Rm 114) and the docent tour departs promptly at 10:30AM.  No reservation is required.
In News of the World, a National Book Award finalist for 2016, unlikely companions bond on a perilous journey.  Paulette Jiles describes the journey of an itinerant news reader accompanying a young girl from her captivity with the Kiowa Indians, to her aunt and uncle in Texas, durScreen Shot 2017-11-28 at 9.22.15 AMing the winter of 1870.
According to the New York Times, “Paulette Jiles was a poet before she became a novelist.  And it certainly shows.”  Janet Maslin also writes in her review, “Ms. Jiles seems to have backed up her book with substantial research.”
We cordially invite you to join us as we tour objects in the collection and discuss a multi-layered novel of historical fiction.
Future Friends Only Book Club dates are as follows:
Friday, February 16, for Perla, by Carolina De Robertis
Friday, March 16 for Birds of Pandemonium: Life Among the Exotic and the Endangered, by Michele Raffin and Tamara Marston
Friday, April 13 for Homegoing: A Novel, by Yaa Gyasi
Please contact Ellen Archibald or Jeanne Scheiderer (friendsonlyevents@artsmia.org) with any questions.
 

Friends Only Book Club Meets November 10

Gunn’s Golden Rules: “Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work” is the November book club selection. Get your books now!
Screen Shot 2017-10-23 at 9.49.55 AMOn Friday, November 10, 2017, Friends will enjoy a docent-led tour and discussion of Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work, by Tim Gunn with Ada Calhoun (2010). Meet us at 10:30AM in the Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation Studio (114) for our docent tour, followed by a discussion over coffee, tea, and treats from 11:30AM-12:30PM. Studio 114 has room for up to 25 members– your chair awaits you and RSVP is not needed. Please drop in! For Gunn, “making it work is not just a catchphrase. It’s a philosophy …” From teaching at Parsons, The New School for Design, to his award-winning show Project Runway, to working as chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne, Gunn shares his experience on how to use your talents, using hard work and patience to reach your goals.
After November 10, Friends Only Book Club won’t meet again until Friday, January 12, 2018, but our wonderful Mia docents will conduct regular public book tours in December. Please join them for a holiday art break with Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King.
Please contact Jeanne Scheiderer or Ellen Archibald (friendsonlyevents@artsmia.org) with any questions.

Friends Only Book Club Meets September 15

Book Club Begins the Year with Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
9781451673319Join other Friends on Friday, September 15 at 10:30AM in Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation Studio (114) for a stimulating docent tour and thought-provoking discussion of Ray Bradbury’s classic science fiction novel Fahrenheit 451 (paperback edition, 2013). This book was written in 1951 as a short story and published as a novel in 1953.
Fahrenheit 451 was originally published in the McCarthy era. This intriguing story deals with issues of censorship, control of individuals via technology and mass media, and resistance to conformity. The setting is an anonymous American city depicting 1960 living with the threat of nuclear war and enjoying its flat panel TV’s (entertainment walls). Join us for a tour and discussion as we view works of art relating to a “future” American society where books are forbidden and firefighters destroy any that are found.
A docent-led tour will follow with a moderator-led discussion in Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation Studio (114). No RSVP is needed for book club this month.
Can’t make September’s meeting? Join us October 13 for a docent tour and subsequent moderator-led discussion of The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.
On November 10 we will discuss Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work by Tim Gunn with Ada Calhoun. Gunn, a fashion consultant, television personality, actor, and author tells how to navigate modern life-think an update on Emily Post and Miss Manners!
Please contact us with any questions.  We look forward to seeing you.
Jeanne Scheiderer, and Ellen Archibald,
Co-chairs, Friends-Only Committee, Book Club
friendsonlyevents@artsmia.org