Today was book forum day. Instead of a formal presentation, we exchanged knowledge about good books we have read recently or books that have influenced us greatly. First up was George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman. Betty suggested that we do a reading of the section of the book called "Don Juan in Hell." Stay tuned for that. Alice in Wonderland was suggested as a good read and wonderful memories. The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman is an excellent book we are told, and the first of a trilogy, so if you like it, you can keep on going. It deals with multiple worlds that operate simultaneously... which has never worked for me. Andy suggested a biography of Deng Xiaoping ( 22 August 1904 – 19 February 1997). A Chinese politician and reformist leader of the People's Republic of China who, after Mao Zedong's death, led his country towards a market economy. John suggested the Grapes of Wrath. It is what got him interested in the plight of the poor as a class. David Goldfield's America Aflame was suggested. It is a new history of America from the Revolution to 1876. His theme that the Civil War in America may have been unnecessary because industrialization and slavery can't co-exist has already started debates for-and-against. Pride and Prejudice was suggested by two people:
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters. -Jane Austen
Living Beautifully: with uncertainty and change by Pema Chodron was suggested. The title is self explanatory... let go a little bit, embrace change a little bit, and reach out to those other people who can support us.
Finally we have Tom Robbins' first book: Another Roadside Attraction. Wild and wacky, it combines a modern hot dog stand and the beginnings of Christianity. Watch out for that plot twist.