Updates From The Stranger Than Fiction Book Club

It’s been a couple of months since we’ve checked in with you guys so we wanted to share our thoughts on our last few months of reading.

Merrilee:
In Febuary we read Listening is an Act of Love, edited by Dave Isay. I love reading about other peoples’ lives, but sometimes a whole memoir is just too much for me. These little snippets from the Storycorps Project though, are just the right size to be gobbled up. Sometimes sad (post 9/11 and hurricane Katrina), sometimes joyous, but always interesting.

 

Our December choice was Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen. I’m a big history geek (Thursdays are history t-shirt day on the 2nd floor here at BP), so I was appalled when I read this and realized the lies that kids were (and still are!) taught in school about American history. I knew, of course, that Columbus didn’t discover America, but I had no idea that Woodrow Wilson (President of Princeton University, Governor of New Jersey, President of the United States.) was such a misogynistic racist.

Cindy:
January was another book that left us going “Everybody should read this book!” when we read Po Bronson’s Top Dog which analyzes the human competitive nature. Some people perform best under stress and need competition to be pushed to their limit. For others being asked to perform can decrease their performance. Read the book and find out why this is!

 


We hope you can join us for some or all of our upcoming books, including this coming Wednesday when we discuss Reading in the Brain by Stanislas Dehaene.

 

 

The Stranger Than Fiction book club meets every third Wednesday in the BookPeople Cafe at 7:00 pm to discuss works of non-fiction.

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