FF Book Club to meet April 26

Fri, Apr 26 2024, 2pm

Event to be held via Zoom.

Silk Parachute, an anthology of essays and the 40th of 44 published books by author John McPhee, will be the topic of discussion when UMRA’s Fourth Friday Book Club meets via Zoom from 2 to 3:30 p.m. CDT on April 26.

The eponymous essay in the collection first appeared in The New Yorker and holds the unique honor of being the most anthologized piece of John McPhee's numerous writings. A New Yorker staff writer, much of his work first appeared in the publication. 

How did he find material for 44 well-acclaimed books? Well, in McPhee’s own words, each experience, each event, each outing, each relationship “… opens like a silk parachute, lofted skyward and suddenly blossoming with color and form.” 

This is the first of McPhee's books to come our way. No doubt it will not be the last; there are 43 other titles awaiting us. 

Join us, and let us hear about your preferences. It all starts with a shared love of reading. 

The FF Book Club welcomes all UMRA members. Email Dorothy Marden at [email protected] or Margaret Catambay at [email protected] for more information and to get the Zoom link to join the meeting from 2 to 3:30 p.m. CDT on April 26.


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